Robert Brush
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Obituary of Robert Brush

BRUSH: Robert "Bob" -

A lifelong resident of Chatham, Bob Brush passed away at his home with his family by his side on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the age of 80.

Born in Chatham, Bob was the son of the late Harold and Alberta (Buckler) Brush.

Beloved husband of 57 years to Lana Brush (nee Terry).

Proud father of Kelly VanKerkhoven (Brian), Sandra Schnekenburger (Dan Newham), Susan Mallette (Peter), Patricia Benoit (Rick) and Pamela Smith (Jeff).

Cherished Grandpa to Tayler VanKerkhoven, Kate VanKerkhoven, Alexandra Schnekenburger, Ryan Schnekenburger, Kyle Mallette, Sara Mallette, Megan Hatton (Tyler), Melissa Wilkins (Damon), Jenelle Benoit (Dylan Hodgson), Reagan Smith and Morgan Smith.

Great-Grandpa to Olivia Duquette, Parker Hatton, Charleigh Hatton and Leonard Wilkins.

Brother to Carolyn Pitman (late Charles) and the late Joyce Stockford (late William).

Brother-in-law to Lacey Ingram (Roger), Hugh Terry (late Rosalie), the late Lynn Roberts and the late Fred Terry.

Also missed by nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

Bob started his career at Sandy Elliott, and retired from Navistar after many years of service. He was a proud member of the Moose Lodge in Chatham for 30 years.

Bob loved boating and fishing at Mitchell's Bay, and playing euchre and cribbage with his card buddies, listening to the 'Golden Oldies' in his much loved garage. Brushy will be dearly missed and has left us with many famous one-liners which will be repeated at many family gatherings to come.

Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham, on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 2:00 - 4:00pm and 7:00 - 9:00pm. Those planning to attend are required to register online at ( or by phoning the funeral home. The Bereavement Authority of Ontario made mandated that all attendees wear a mask.

A Private Family Service will be Live-Streamed at 1:00pm on Thursday, October 21, 2021 on the Funeral Home website. A Celebration of Life will follow at 3:00pm on Thursday at the Moose Lodge, 850 Richmond Street, Chatham.

Donations made in memory of Bob to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

Special thanks to Lisa DeBeck at Bayshore for her care and compassion.

Online condolences may be left at

McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham, 519-351-2040

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