John Laking

John Robert "Bob" Laking

Tuesday, June 7th, 1949 - Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
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John Robert Laking
JUNE 07, 1949 – AUGUST 11, 2020

After a long and courageous battle with COPD, Bob passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 11 at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital. Bob was the beloved husband of Sandra (nee Dertinger) for more than 51 years. Cherished father of Michelle (Jim) DeBresser of Toronto and Hillary (Sean) Gallivan of London. Beloved grandfather of Ben & Luke DeBresser, and Leah & Kiera Gallivan. Brother of Jim, Linda, Ken, Danny, and Lloyd. Son-in-law of Sylvia. He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Janice, and his father-in-law Steve. Bob was born in Hamilton, Ontario to Dorothy and Melvin in 1949, lived in Delhi as a youth, and spent his adulthood in Chatham and Tillsonburg. His jobs at Livingston Export and TDS brought him opportunities to travel the world, but he was always happiest when he came back home to his family. Friends and relatives will be received at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Limited, 43 Bidwell Street Tillsonburg (519-842-5221) on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, public visitation will be LIMITED to ONLY guests that sign up for a specific time to attend. Time slots will be made available on our website or by calling 519-842-5221. Guests are asked to not attend if they are ill, have been around anyone that is ill or have travelled. Guests are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing rules. Guests are encouraged to only attend when their time slot begins. A Private Mass of Christian Burial conducted by Father John Pirt, will be held at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations to the VON-Sakura House, Woodstock, or St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg may be made by contacting Ostrander’s Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (519-842-5221) who have been entrusted with Bob’s arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Friday, August 14th, 2020 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    43 Bidwell Street
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  • Service

    A Private Mass of Christian Burial to be held At St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg at a later date
    Father John Pirt
  • Interment

    At a Later Date


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Sandra Gordon

Posted at 09:07pm
My condolences go to your family in the passing of John. Many years ago when you lived on Pearl St in Tillsonburg Michelle came to the McMillan house and was one of the children I babysat. I remember those days and how nice it was to be a small part of being young together. Sincere sympathy to everyone and may the good memories sustain you. Sandra McMillan/ Gordon

Anna and Tom McInerney

Posted at 09:51am
Hillary, Sean and family;
We were sorry to hear of your Dad's passing and we are holding all of you in our prayers, as you celebrate John's life, and find peace in God's grace.
-Anna and Tom McInerney

Carol and Tony Piron

Posted at 01:21pm
Sandra, Carol and I are so sorry to see the passing of Bob, it was a shock to view his pitcher in the London Free Press. I will always remember the good times we had has young men that played basketball.

Henry Justus

Posted at 06:30pm
Sandra.............Henry and I are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. It is always hard to lose someone who has been such a big part of our life. Our prayers are with you at this sad time. With Loving and Caring Thoughts.....Rosette and Henry.

Rick Kyle

Posted at 02:38pm
Sadly I helped to bury one of my dear friends, mentors and another father. Bob was such an inspiration to me and he helped me through many business and life challenges and successes. Thanks for teaching me to work hard and play hard, thanks for listening and encouraging me, and thanks for making me the butt of your jokes, making me laugh, and learning to laugh at myself. Your laugh and chuckle was contagious. You helped so many people become more than what they thought they could become. Love you Bob and peace, until we meet again.
Rick Kyle

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