Robert "Bob" Stuart Ford
Robert Stuart Ford
September 11, 1929-November 2, 2019 Age 90
It is with heavy hearts, that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, on the morning of November 2, 2019, after a great journey on earth. Bob was born in Moncton just prior to the start of the Great Depression in 1929. He attended Moncton schools, and later Mount Allison, Kings College and finally the Maritime College of Pharmacy, where he obtained a diploma in Pharmacy in 1954. He joined his father, C. Robert in the summer of 1954 at the creation of Ford’s Pharmacy. His father passed away that same year. His mother Grace was instrumental in helping the business when it first opened and remained there for more than 20 years. His brother Wayne joined the family business as a pharmacist upon graduation. They eventually opened 4 pharmacies, 2 on St. George Street, and 1 in Riverview and 1 in Hillsborough. Bob and his brother passed the pharmacy legacy in 1991 to his sons, Peter and David.
Upon retirement he and Shirley moved to the Bluff in Pointe de Chene, NB. Bob was an avid gardener, and spent many hours weeding and hoeing in the summer months. Bob was also very fond of Parlee Beach. He could be swimming from April to November every year. He carried a small thermometer with him to test the temperature. He loved people and would strike up a conversation with anyone. He loved to chat.
Bob was also very involved in the pharmacy profession. He served as past president of the New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society, the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada, and Eastern Vice President of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, as well as a Board member of the Inter Provincial Pharmacy Insurance Group. He was awarded life membership by the New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society, as well was a recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia. He was a member and past president of the Moncton Rotary Club, and long-term member of the City Club. He was also a founding member of the congregation at St. James Anglican Church, where he remained a loyal parishioner until his passing.
He is survived by 3 sons, Peter, David (Scott), Bryce (Stacey), daughter-in-law, Anne Marie, sister in law Jessie (Jay) Blight (Bill). 13 wonderful grandchildren Nicholas (Rachel), Jessie, Christina (Kevin), Anthony, Gina, Michael, Lucie, Terrah (Charlie), Brittany, Steven (Jessica), Benjamin, Elijah, Matthew, Molly and Brittany. Great grandchildren Calogero, Aloysius, Aria, Emmett, and Isaac. He was pre-deceased by his parents C. Robert, and Grace, his brother Wayne, his wife Shirley, his son John, and his grandson Robert.
The family is very grateful for the wonderful care he received from Dr. Guy Breault, (nurse and receptionist), Dr. Adenuga, and the health care providers at Lakeview Manor. Many thanks to the many people that came to visit Bob at the hospital and at Lakeview Manor. Special thanks go to JP Melanson, an employee of Dad’s in the early days. He held a special place in Dad’s heart.
In memory of Bob, donations to the St. James Memorial Fund, or the Kings College Foundation, or the memorial of the donor’s choice would be appreciated.
Visitation at Ferguson’s Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Rd., Moncton, NB will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at St. James Anglican Church, 101 Fairview Dr., Moncton, NB on Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 2:00 PM. Reception following the service. Interment will be at St. Martin’s in the Woods, Shediac Cape, NB.