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Stafford; Robert Edward

Posted By Obits On March 11, 2014 @ 9:24 am In Obituaries | 74 Comments


STAFFORD – Robert Edward,  77, of Liverpool, passed away suddenly on Monday, March 10, 2014 in Halifax Infirmary.

Born in Sherbrooke, PQ, he was a son of  the late Leonard and Grace (Webster) Stafford.

Robert was a partner in his own chartered accounting firm, Stafford, Lyon and Noble, in Sherbrooke before moving to Nova Scotia in 1978, working with Cecil Smith, and eventually beginning a new firm Stafford and Raymond. He “retired” in mid 2006. He was an active member and past president of the local Progressive Conservative Party as well as a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Liverpool.  He enjoyed curling, fishing, antiquing and the outdoors. He will be fondly remembered as a kind, unassuming, true gentleman who gave generously of his love, time and talents to family, friends and co-workers. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Sandra (Saanum), his daughter Rachel (Patrick) Stiles of Hammonds Plains.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool where visitation will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 7 until 9 p.m.  Funeral service will be held Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in Zion United Church, Liverpool. Reverend Sheila Redden-Smith officiating. Burial will be held at a later date. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to QEII Foundation, the Queens General Hospital Foundation or to any charity. Online condolences may be made to  www.chandlersfuneral.com


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Condolence from Donna & Bucky Norman on March 11th, 2014 9:37 am

Sandra and Rachel:

So terribly sorry to hear the sad news. May your memories keep Bob close to you in spirit, thought and always in your heart to help you through this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Rae Ann Fleury on March 11th, 2014 9:42 am

So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Thinking of you and your mom. Sending love and prayers your way. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. xo

Condolence from Peter & Joanie Davies on March 11th, 2014 9:45 am

Dear Sandra & family,
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Bob’s passing.Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hold the memories close, God bless.

Condolence from Peter & Joanie Davies on March 11th, 2014 9:50 am

Dear Sandra & family,
Our sincere condolences on Bob’s sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.

Condolence from Robert & Sally Fader on March 11th, 2014 9:59 am

Dear Sandra & Rachel:

No words can express how sad we are to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a wonderful person, so kind and a true gentleman.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Condolence from Bruce & Melanie Inglis on March 11th, 2014 10:04 am

Sandra & Rachel, Please accept our heartfelt condolences on Bob’s passing. I felt blessed to really get to know Bob following his return to Liverpool. His reputation in business is enviable, and his support of the things he believed in unwavering. Advice and wisdom gained from Bob’s friendship is something I will always value. May your many happy memories give you comfort.

Condolence from Pat and Celia Melanson on March 11th, 2014 10:09 am

Dear Sandra,

So saddened to hear of your sudden and tragic loss. You are in our prayers.

Condolence from Noreen & Barry tomalin on March 11th, 2014 10:16 am

We were very sad to hear of Bob’s passing and know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Condolence from Gloria & Bill Fancy on March 11th, 2014 11:13 am

Sandra & Rachel:

So sorry to hear the sad news. Please accept our sincere condolences and may you keep fond memories of Bob that
will help you through this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Jeff Miller on March 11th, 2014 11:16 am

Sandra and Rachel,

I was shocked and saddened when I heard of Bob’s passing. He will be remembered as one of the nicest men I have ever met! Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Jeff and Carmelle Miller

Condolence from Ed & Marion Flemming on March 11th, 2014 11:20 am

Dear Sandra,

Sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. Our thoughts are with you

Condolence from Sheldon, Patricia, Connor, Kaylee MacLeod on March 11th, 2014 12:07 pm


Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time. Condolences and prayers from our family to yours.

Condolence from Jamie Mansfield and Mary MacDonald on March 11th, 2014 12:56 pm

Jamie and I are very saddened to hear of Bob’s sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Dennis & Sherri Harrington (nee Anthony) on March 11th, 2014 12:58 pm

Sending our sincere condolences to the Family.

Condolence from Harrison Edward Webster and Family on March 11th, 2014 1:06 pm

Dear Sandy and Rachel

Please accept our deepest sympathy with “Uncle Bob’s” passing. While it has been years since we’ve seen each other, you always were in our thoughts. We just recently received a copy of all the old 8mm film my Dad had taken, and you, along with Grace, Leonard and Grandma Webster (Duke too) were in some of the footage.

We will be thinking about you all!

Harrison, Siobhan, William and Stephanie!!

Condolence from Shirley and Paul Neals on March 11th, 2014 1:29 pm

Sandra and Rachel, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a terrific fellow and will be missed by so many. God bless you !

Condolence from Kathleen Rafuse on March 11th, 2014 1:31 pm

Dear Sandra: So sorry for your loss. I was very fortunate to have Bob for a friend and a mentor. He was truly a great person, who always found the best in everyone. Take Care

Condolence from Don And Vi Mackenzie on March 11th, 2014 1:48 pm

We enjoyed doing business with Bob. Always very courteous and helpful. We will miss him greatly.

Our condolences to the family.

Don and Vi Mackenzie, Liverpool Home Hardware.

Condolence from Ray & Sandy McMahon on March 11th, 2014 2:14 pm

To Sandra and family,
Our sincere condolences for your loss.

Condolence from Janice Mitchell on March 11th, 2014 3:13 pm

Sandra I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Bob’s sudden passing. He was very kind and unassuming, and a true gentleman. I feel fortunate to have known him. May his memory always be close to your heart, and may you find peace and comfort in family and friends during this difficult time.

Condolence from Loretta and Butch Cook on March 11th, 2014 3:30 pm

Dear Sandra and Rachel. So sorry for your tremendous loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Condolence from John & Peggy Whynot on March 11th, 2014 4:00 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you with heartfelt sympathy at this very sad and difficult time.

Condolence from Nancy Dobson on March 11th, 2014 4:09 pm

To Sandra and family ,so sorry to hear that Bob has passed away,please know that you are in my thoughts at this sad time.

Condolence from jamie webster on March 11th, 2014 4:19 pm

Sandra and Rachel
mom just called , I am so sorry to hear about your lost , (our lost )
Bob saved my life and my friends Jeff’s life , and I will always remember him for that for the rest of my life! when Jeff and I were stuck on the sand bar , the fog came in we didn’t know witch way was land , we tried to walk toward what we thought was land , but the water just became deeper , we turned around and tried the other way it was the same , water just got deeper . then we heard Bob voice calling us , We had to swim toward his voice , if he had not been there I really think I would not be here to write this letter , he will be missed very much !!! I love you Sandra and I love Bob , Rachel , you should be so proud of your dad !!

Condolence from Ron & Rose Anthony on March 11th, 2014 4:42 pm

To Sandra and family, we are so sorry for your loss. our thoughts and prayers are with you all..

Condolence from Midge Lane on March 11th, 2014 4:43 pm

To Sandra and family,

As former Townshippers ourselves and through our shared connection with my family still there, we deeply appreciate your hospitality in welcoming us to Nova Scotia. We cherish our memories of times spent with you and Bob.

Condolence from patty and bruce gillam on March 11th, 2014 5:03 pm

sandra and rachel and patrick – amy phoned and told us the sad new of bob – we were stunned – so sorry – god bless – thinking of you- will be in touch.

Condolence from Betty-Jean & Beverley Colp on March 11th, 2014 5:39 pm

Our deepest sympathy to Bob’s family on the loss of such a wonderful and friendly man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God Bless.

Condolence from Val Kempton on March 11th, 2014 7:34 pm

Sandra & Rachael – I’m so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Susan MacLeod on March 11th, 2014 7:35 pm

Sandra, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. My sincere condolences to you and family.

Condolence from Susan Levy on March 12th, 2014 3:34 am

I was so sorry to hear about Bob, he was a nice and always stopped to chat whenever I saw him. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Condolence from Leon & Norma Robertson on March 12th, 2014 4:59 am

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our sympathy to the family.
We will miss Bob at Church. Thinking of you.
Leon and Norma

Condolence from CarolAnn MacAdams (Wamboldt) on March 12th, 2014 5:16 am

Another truly wonderful and caring person that God took home! I have so many great memories of Bob and you, Sandra, when I work for you in the ’80s. I learned that I love numbers, and how they work. I learned patience and to never make assumptions! Oh how I smile when I think of that lesson! I have you in my thoughts and prayers, Sandra and Rachel, as do so many. Bob, I am sure, knew your love, pride and loyalty to and of him, and returned the same to you both. You have many memories to hold you a lifetime; Remember. Enjoy. All my love, Carol xoxo

Condolence from JOE&MARILYN WINTERS on March 12th, 2014 5:50 am


Condolence from Evelyn & Lorimer on March 12th, 2014 6:25 am

Thinking of you all at this very sad time. Bob was a wonderful man and will be remembered by everyone who knew him.

Condolence from Len & Nancy Perry on March 12th, 2014 7:00 am

Sandra and Rachel
We are truly sorry to hear about Bob, a great guy and friend. he will be very much missed.
Our thoughts are with you both.
Len & Nancy

Condolence from Bob and Brenda Lohnes on March 12th, 2014 7:05 am

Sandra, Rachel and family: We were so saddened to hear that Bob passed away. Our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of a very kind and wonderful man who touched the lives of so many people. We will truly miss him. May his memory keep him close to your hearts and help you get through the sad times.

Condolence from Peter & Judy McCreath on March 12th, 2014 7:37 am

Please send our sincere condolences on Bob’s sudden passing. We arrived at our home in Florida last night, so will be unable to attend the memorial service. Be assured that our thoughts will be with you and Rebecca on that day.
Although we have not seen a lot of each other in recent years (except at NSLA wine fairs!), I will never forget the kindness and support Bob provided me during my time in the political world, have served, among other things as my official agent.
It will of course take time to adjust to this new and dramatic change in your lives. But, you will have many fond memories of time together. Kindest regards, Peter & Judy

Condolence from Pember, Heddie and Elbert Edwards on March 12th, 2014 7:44 am

We are so sad to hear about Bob’s passing away.

Condolence from Jane and Roy on March 12th, 2014 9:39 am

Dear Sandra and family
We were saddened by your sad news. Bob was such a great person and will be very much missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. We regret we are not home. Please except our deepest sympathy.
Roy and Jane

Condolence from ALAN & HELEN COX on March 12th, 2014 10:35 am

Sandra and Rachel and family

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Bob. He sat behind me in school at Lennoxville High

Condolence from Jack & Frankie Noble on March 12th, 2014 10:45 am

Dear Sandra, Rachel and Patrick:
Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear husband and father. We knew Bob to be a kind and gentle friend and a great business partner; he will be missed by all who knew him. We remember in particular good times at the Lennoxville Curling Club. Although we never attained his level of skill we enjoyed some good times there. We also remember our ill-fated trip to PEI followed by the hospitality you showed us in your sea-side home. All good memories.

Earlier this year, Esther hinted that Bob had some health problems but we had no idea things were this serious. We hope he did not suffer too much or too long and that he had a gentle death.

We are so sorry for you loss and will be keeping you all close in thought as you face the difficult times ahead of you. Wish we were closer!
In sympathy,
Frankie & Jack

Condolence from Sheree , Jacob and Amanda Chandler on March 12th, 2014 2:20 pm

Dear Sandra , Rachel and family,

We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s sudden passing. Our deepest condolences on your loss. He was a fine man; soft-spoken and gentle in heart and spirit . He will be missed. May your memories ease your grief and the company of family and friends comfort you during the difficult times ahead.

Sheree, Jacob and Amanda Chandler

Condolence from DorisWentzell, Kahleen and Ron Webster on March 12th, 2014 4:12 pm

Dear Sandra and Rachel, We were shocked and saddened to read of Bob’s passing. Always a gentleman, friendly, caring; one who took that extra minute to listen and share. May you find comfort in knowing that your loved one will always be with you and the memories you shared will forever be a part of your life. A great man gone too soon.

Condolence from Verna and Artie says on March 12th, 2014 4:17 pm

Sandra and Rachel Thinking of You and Rachel, at this very sad time.

Condolence from Jean Strum on March 12th, 2014 4:40 pm

Dear Sandra and Rachel:
On arriving home from Halifax this evening, I was shocked to learn about Robert. Please accept my sincerely sympathy and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was such a kind, generous gentlemen who always wore a smile. Try to remember the good times, it really does help.

Condolence from Lillian and Borden on March 12th, 2014 6:31 pm

Dear Sandra and Rachel, We were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I will always remember him as a gentleman with a big smile. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time .

Condolence from Philip & Rose Decker on March 12th, 2014 6:45 pm

To the Stafford Family,

Our sincere condolences on the loss of Bob. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Philip & Rose Decker

Condolence from Shirley Melanson on March 12th, 2014 8:19 pm

Dear Sandra
My thoughts are with you as you try to deal with Bob’s death.We are never prepared for these sudden events.You are a very strong person,so I know you will soldier on.Life changes so we
have to make adjustments.Please know I care.


Condolence from Esther Saanum on March 13th, 2014 9:16 am

Sandra, Rachel, Patrick, Sara, Alex, Aidan, Broden friends and community:

Our very saddest expression of sympathy, condolence, and empathy in the loss of Bob, a fine gentle man, whose company we were privileged to have for so many years.

Were it possible, we would be with you and commune, but the weather and driving conditions do not permit this.

Know that you are in out thoughts and our hearts at this time and always. Take comfort in each other’s company.

Sincerely, Esther Saanum and Ross Bishop
Hatley Township, Quebec

Condolence from Linda and Jim Smith on March 13th, 2014 11:15 am

Dear Sandra and Rachel:

We were saddened to learn of the death of Bob. We extend deepest sympathies to both of you and all the family on his passing.

Kindest regards,

Linda and Jim Smith

Condolence from Lorimer and Evelyn on March 13th, 2014 11:53 am

We will always remember Bob for the fine and caring man he was. Hold your special memories close to your heart. Take care.

Condolence from Doreen Morissette on March 13th, 2014 12:23 pm

My sincere sympathy Sandra at this very difficult time. I treasure so many memories of the good times that we shared at the curling club .Hopefully your memories of so many good years together will be a comfort as you face each new day.

Condolence from Judi Wamboldt on March 13th, 2014 12:53 pm

Sandra and family
Please accept my sincerest condolences. Bob was a “gentle” man in every sense of the word and will be missed.

Condolence from Alethia Keating and family on March 13th, 2014 2:40 pm

We was so shocked to hear the sad news of Bob passing away. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends . With the help of family, friends and the Grace of God you’ll get through this sad time .GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Condolence from Becky and Tim McKinnon on March 13th, 2014 3:26 pm

Sandra and Rachel, I am so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was such a wonderful man, no one could compare with his kindness and fairness. He was the best boss I ever had and through the years he became a very good friend. He will certainly be missed.

Condolence from Pat & Doug Lohnes on March 13th, 2014 3:40 pm

Sandra And Family So sorry to hear of Bobs passing he was such a nice man please accept our sincere condolences. Pat & Doug Lohnes

Condolence from Martin & Jessica Rourke on March 13th, 2014 7:47 pm

Sandra, Rachel & family,

Our sympathies. We are sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts are with you. Bob’s legacy of generosity and caring continues to live on at the Lennoxville Curling Club and throughout our region. He will be missed.

Condolence from Peggy & Francis Payzant on March 13th, 2014 8:32 pm

Dear Mrs. Stafford & Family,
We Were So Sad To Hear Of Mr. Stafford’s Sudden Passing. Francis Always Enjoyed Doing Mr. Stafford’s Hair And will miss him Terribly. May God Bless You and Your Daughter At this most Difficult time in your Lives.
Francis & Peggy Payzant!!!

Condolence from Linda & Dennis MacKinnon on March 14th, 2014 5:39 am

Sandra, We just heard of Bob’s passing & are very saddened. We knew he was having health problems but had hoped things would improve. I have had the pleasure of working with him in politics over the years & have always found him to be a real gentleman, knowledgeable in all ways, passionate about the cause but above all always of the highest moral character. Getting to know him was a real honor & a pleasure. He will truly be missed.

As we are in Florida we will not be able to attend the service but our thoughts & prayers are with you. Linda & Dennis

Condolence from Cliff and Mary Mitchell on March 14th, 2014 7:28 am

Dear Sandra,
This is indeed sad news of Bob’s passing. I just watched the video and had all my good feelings about him confirmed. He was an endearing gentleman to be sure. Our thoughts and sympathies are with you.

Condolence from Nora Hughes on March 14th, 2014 10:54 am

Dear Sandra,
I was so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. May the love and support of your friends and family surround and comfort you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Charlotte (Rafuse) Pomroy on March 14th, 2014 11:45 am

Condolences to Bob’s family. He was a great help to my mother and filed taxes for her after my father’s death. A very nice gentleman.
Charlotte (Rafuse) Pomroy

Condolence from Merv and Bernadette Hartlen on March 14th, 2014 2:27 pm

Sandra and Rachel
We are sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was great Dad and Husband. I enjoyed him during my years on council he was always a great help and a gentlemen to all. Our talks at times were very witty. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Merv and Bernadette Hartlen

Condolence from Joel, Jennifer, Kate & Sean Richardson on March 14th, 2014 8:33 pm

Dear Sandra, Rachel, Pat, Sara, Alex, Aidan & Broden

Please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers during this most difficult time! May God’s healing light surround you all. Wish we could be there with you!

We will greatly miss Bob….for his kindness, gentleness, compassion, tender smile and for always showing us his love. Though the miles may have kept us apart……he always remained close by in our hearts!

Bob was & will continue to be cherished by us! May you find comfort in all of the wonderful ways he touched people’s lives! Hold on to all of your memories of him & good times you had together. God bless and may you Rest In Peace Bob.

With deepest sympathy,
Joel, Jen, Kate & Sean xoxo

Condolence from Bruce and Brenda Dunsmore on March 15th, 2014 6:41 am

Dear Sandra and Rachel,
We want to express our deepest sympathy to you for your loss. We have so many wonderful memories from Lake Massawippi to our visits to Nova Scotia. For us Bob was always a pleasure to encounter and if one feature represented Bob it was his quick and genuine smile. I believe the first time I met Bob was when Norm had managed to get me a weeks work at the Record when I was in my early teens. At the end of the week we went to Bob’s office where he gave me my first pay cheque. I can’t remember the amount but I do remember Bob’s pleasure at my happiness and as I look back I still feel we both enjoyed the moment equally. He liked to make people happy. He was such a nice man. Bruce and Brenda

Condolence from David and Cora Hunting on March 15th, 2014 1:15 pm

Dear Sandra and family,
So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.Our condolences.
David and Cora Hunting

Condolence from Jean McCrea on March 15th, 2014 7:00 pm

Dear Sandra and Rachael,
So very sorry to hear that Bob was taken so suddenly. I have fond memories of Bob as you both were so good to my mother. With sincere sympathy. Jean

Condolence from Holly Aulenback on March 16th, 2014 7:23 am

Sandra and family,
So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a truly great gentleman and I had the great pleasure of working with him in the past. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Hold your memories close, and forever in your hearts.

Condolence from Mark, Cheryl, William and Addison Stiles on March 16th, 2014 9:02 am

Rachel and Sandra,

So sorry for your loss. It was great for us to see Bob during Thanksgiving dinner at your house in October. He was always a pleasure to be around. Wish we could have been there today.

Mark, Cheryl, William and Addison Stiles

Condolence from Lauren (Murray) Anderson on March 18th, 2014 6:59 am

Sandra and Rachel-
Thinking about you both at this difficult time and remembering what a special man Bob was. He’ll be missed. Take care of yourselves and know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers.
Xo Lauren

Condolence from Sterling Belliveau on March 18th, 2014 7:19 am

To the family of the late Robert Stafford, I want to extend my sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in the kind words and memories shared by those who knew him.

Sterling Belliveau, MLA

Condolence from Donald and Diane White on March 19th, 2014 9:13 am

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, our sincere condolences to you all.

Condolence from Kerry DeLorey on May 11th, 2014 3:25 pm

I just learned of Bob’s passing. On behalf of myself and the 84th Regiment of Foot, sincere condolences to Bob’s family. He was a very nice man who always had time to chat and who enjoyed reenacting. He will be very much missed by all his 84th Regiment friends.

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