Rob Burrows

Rhody Family Funeral Home

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Life as a Maple Leafs fan!

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Rob and his family lived with the hope that someday the Maple Leafs would win the cup. However, more importantly, they hoped for a successful treatment or a cure to rid him of his 19 year battle with Oligodendroglioma. Just like the Leafs, Rob battled every day, fighting and never giving in to this horrible disease. He was an outgoing man, who always remained positive and wore a smile on his face. He was a true inspiration to all the lives he touched!

Robert Dwayne was born January 29, 1977 in Leduc, Alberta to Stephen and Janet (Charlton) Burrows. He was the youngest of three, Chris (1973), Jeff (1976) and Rob. In time the family moved back to Ontario, Clavering to be exact and then to Chesley.  He started school at Elderslie Central in Chesley and then moved to the Desboro area and attended Sullivan in Grade Three. When time came for high school, he attended Chesley District. If you knew Rob back then you would remember his days, or should we say nights, at Domino's Pizza in Owen Sound. He enjoyed this job and excelled at even becoming a part owner for a short period of time while still in high school, imagine! Apparently, there were few friends or family that didn't work at Domino's at one point or another while Rob owned it.  

When not at school or at work, Rob was often in the company of his high school sweetheart Kim Knapp. The two first started dating young, with Rob in Gr. 9 and Kim in Gr. 8. Just like any teenage love story their relationship had its ups and downs, but it was meant to be. To be honest they were exact opposites, but this made their bond even stronger. Rob also loved his baseball. He played, coached, ran a variety of leagues and even umpired. In his youth, his goal was to be a professional umpire. Apparently, he knew how to play the role too, as on one occasion he gave Kim a warning, before threatening to throw her out of the baseball game he was overseeing. Yikes! Rob’s love didn’t just lie in baseball, as he also taught power skating.

Upon graduation he followed Kim to Hamilton and enrolled in a Business College.  During this time, their relationship flourished and Rob and Kim got engaged.  Sadly, Rob’s first seizure occurred on Kim's last day of college.  They decided that a little tumor wouldn’t stand in the way and they married on August 14, 1999 at St. John's United Church, Chesley. They remained in Hamilton with Rob working for Lawlor Safety. The young couple soon welcomed their first daughter Nicole in February of 2001 before moving back closer to home in the spring of 2002. Here he worked in the design department at Hanover Kitchens and later as a dispatcher for Telesat. In time, Rob, Kim and Nicole welcomed Natasha in September of 2003 and Tyler in August of 2008. Their perfect family was complete!

Rob was a true sports fanatic! If he was to play, it would be baseball. If it was on TV, it had to be hockey, or more specifically the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rob never missed a game and Tyler would often be found snuggled up with him watching the games.  When they weren’t watching them on TV, Rob and his family would attend sporting events.  Tyler and Rob attended the home opener of a Leafs game and the whole family made play-off games and enjoyed seeing the Blue Jays in the “best seats in the park!”  Rob’s teachings went beyond baseball and hockey – he coached soccer, broomball, womans baseball and eventually entered the house of poker.  By the young age of 5, Tyler had learned from Rob the true art of playing the game and Tyler wasn’t to be beat!

Rob enjoyed travelling when able and had particular fond memories of his honeymoon in Cuba, or should it be said he loved Cuba on his honeymoon. :) Of course, spending any time with the kids was always a highlight for him and their trips to Florida in 2011 and 2016 were particularly special.  As a family, they enjoyed camping and visiting amusement parks.  Rob loved rides!  They were always up for a new adventure and experiences.

He really enjoyed watching his children grow. Although he was limited in what he could do with his kids, wife and family in later years, I am not lying when I say they were his world! He loved them all so much. So instead of doing, he tried to lead by example. A story was told of one of Rob's first medical appointments, whereby he and Kim entered his neurologist’s office and the walls were full of children's pictures. It was then that Rob knew that even though he was in a horrible predicament, he had a lot to be thankful for, and used this experience to fuel his day-to-day life. He was strong, determined and a fighter, encouraging his children to never give up no matter what obstacles they face it their life. He also worked extremely hard at anything he was involved in, never leaving anything to chance. His kindness and compassion was ever present and he was just a lot of fun to be around.

In 2014, Rob began working at the Re-Store in Hanover. He absolutely loved it as he was able to interact and socialize with those around him. In true Rob fashion, he decided later that year that he wanted to give back to those who helped him so much. So in the fall of 2014 Rob enrolled in the Registered Nurse program at Georgian College. Unfortunately, he was only able to complete a semester due to his health, but his family was extremely proud of him. In closing, Rob has left a lasting impression on the lives of his family and those close to him whom he touched.

Rob lived out his remaining days as only he could do best. Always putting on a smile and putting others in front of himself. Sadly, Rob's body could fight no longer and he passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the young age of 41.

Beloved husband and soul mate of Kim (Knapp). Cherished dad of Nicole, Natasha and Tyler. Rob will be sadly missed by his parents Stephen and Janet Burrows of Sauble Beach, brothers Chris of Saskatchewan and Jeff (Christy) of Mount Forest. He will be forever remembered by Kim’s parents, Murray and Kathy Knapp as well as Kim's siblings, Melodie (Robert Wakefield), Angie (Dan Gravel) & Ted (Jenna) and their families.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Tuesday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Rob’s life will be held at St. John’s United Church, Chesley on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to a trust fund which will be established for Rob’s children (please make cheques payable to Kim Burrows) or Make-A-Wish Canada would be appreciated.

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Gord, Sandra Laver & Family
May 29, 2018
Thinking of you all, the Burrows and Knapp families...It is amazing the strength of a family through all the ups and downs life can throw at us...treasure the memories and know that Rob will always be with you...
Melissa & Darryl Moulton
May 28, 2018
Dear Kim,
Our deepest condolences to you and your children. What a wonderful life lived by Rob. It saddens me that it was cut too short, yet a lifetime of memories to cherish and he will live on through you and the kids. We wish you pease and privacy as you take time to grieve.
The Moulton Family
Terry lawson
May 28, 2018
My deepest condolences for your loss Kim and family. Rob was a fantastic fellow and quite a hero. Rest in Peace Rob.
Chanene Fiske
May 27, 2018
My deepest condolences to you and your family, Kim. Thinking of you all and my prayers are with you. Xoxo
Heidi Dupuis
May 24, 2018
So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Heather and Brad Vokes and Family
May 23, 2018
Kim, Nicole, Natasha and Tyler
You are in our thoughts and hearts at this time. We are so sorry for your loss. We hope that you can be comforted that Rob is at peace and your memories and great times together will help you through. Hugs!
Susan Millar (Hooey)
May 23, 2018
Janet and families please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers today.Our sincere condolences. God Bless all of you
Paul & Joanne McLaren
May 23, 2018
Our Deepest Sympathy to you and your family
Darryl and Leanne Hampton
May 22, 2018
Dear Kim, Nicole, Natasha and Tyler:
We were saddened to hear about the loss of Rob. Our deepest condolences to you at this most difficult time.
The Hampton family
Troy Nieuwenhoff
May 22, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kim and the rest of the family during this difficult time.
Midget Girls Young Guns
May 22, 2018
Natasha, Kim, Tyler and Nicole. Our deepest sympathy to you and your extended family. Let your memories of Dad provide you with the comfort you need during this challenging time.
Eric Carrie Jill & Joy
May 21, 2018
Kim and family So sorry about your loss. Our prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Pastor Dar Rath
May 21, 2018
Nicole, Natasha, Tyler and Kim. My deepest sympathy to you and your extended family. All of you supported Rob and loved him so much - you were by his side always and continue to be an inspiration to all of us who know you. Blessings and God's peace be with you.
Arlene Erven
May 21, 2018
My sincere sympathy to Kim, Nicole, Natasha and Tyler and to parents and siblings and other family members. Rob was a wonderfully talented and gifted young man. Cherish your memories.
Bev and Heather Cook
May 20, 2018
To Rob’s entire family and extended family; our deepest condolences go out to all of you in this most difficult time. We hope you find comfort and peace in the days to come. Hold on tight to your memories.
Angela and Don Hazlewood
May 20, 2018
Kim, Nicole, Natasha, and Tyler, we were so very sorry to hear the news about Rob's passing. You and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers. xo
Ann, Jeff, and family
May 20, 2018
Kim, Nicole, Natasha, and Tyler,

Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss. Rob was a very kind guy, and obviously very strong having endured such a long battle with his disease. May he be at peace now.


Ann Geertsma, Jeff Rolls, and family
Angela Mullins (Metzger)
May 19, 2018
Kim and family, so sorry to hear about your loss! I only have my memories of Rob from public and high school, but he was such a soft-hearted, kind, and loving soul. He and Jeff actually taught me how to tell time on a manual clock during a recess at school because I wasn’t getting it. Lol. He was a dear friend and I’m sure a wonderful husband and fantastic father! Praying for you and your dear family. ❤️
Brent and Margie Wathke
May 19, 2018
Dear Kim, Nicole, Natasha and Tyler. Sending strength at this difficult time. Please reach out to us if you need anything. Hugs.
Bob & Linda Folmer
May 19, 2018
Dear Kim & Family, Murray & Kathy. No,words to express how saddened we are to hear of the loss of your husband, father and son-in-law. We are thinking of you all during this very difficult time.
Crystal Kobe
May 19, 2018
Kim & family, I’m so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. He always had a smile and a quick wit. He will be dearly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Ron & Bonnie Gallinger
May 19, 2018
It has been such a long and winding road for all of you. May you find strength and comfort in the precious memories of the good times. Rob was so proud of his family. Our deepest sympathy to you all. If you need us - just step out the back door and give a shout.
Amanda Kerr
May 19, 2018
Dear Kim, Nicole, Natasha and Tyler
There are no words but please know that my thoughts are with you at this most difficult time!
Gloria McNabb
May 19, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss Rob was a amazing man.. can’t imagine your pain of losing him my deepest sympathy to you’s ❤️Rest In Peace Rob!
Trish Unruh
May 19, 2018
Dear Kim and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Rob. I have very fond memories of growing up with him, and taking that long bus ride to school together for years. My thoughts are with you.
Kathryn Loucks
May 19, 2018
Kim, Nicole, Natasha, and Tyler,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Rob. It was an honour to get to know your family a few years back, and I feel grateful to have had the pleasure to know Rob during that time as well. I am so sorry for your loss, and I wish you the best in your healing. Deepest sympathies, thinking of you all.

Cathy and Gary Lund
May 19, 2018
Kim and family, Murray and Kathy and family. Our hearts are broken for you at the loss of such a great man. Rob sure fought a hard battle, and each of you fought it too. Hoping it gives you comfort knowing that so many people care and send love. Sincere sympathies to each of you. Rest in peace Rob. Cathy and Gary
Andrew and Carrie
May 19, 2018
So sorry for your families loss, Rob was a great guy! Sincere condolences at this difficult time.
Alaric, Jackie, Darrin
May 19, 2018
In the words of Alaric, what’s up chicken butt. We will always love you and forever cherish the memories we made with you ‘Stinky Rob’. Alaric will always take care of your ‘girls’ and tyo. Love to all of you.
Dan, Colleen, Sarah, Natalie, Grace and Ian
May 19, 2018
Kim, Nicole, Natasha and Tyler - you are in our thoughts and prayers. Rob was a great guy, one of the best. We are so deeply sorry for your loss.
Kevin, Owen and Sarah
May 19, 2018
To Kim, Natasha, Tyler, Nicole, The Knapp and Burrows families,
You are in our thoughts and hearts. May the love of your friends and families condole you through this challenging time. Rob will be greatly missed by so many. He truly was one of the good guys.
Shannon Rhody
May 19, 2018
So very sorry to hear the news. Thinking of you Kim and family with a heavy heart. Rob may you rest in peace.
Paul Lembke
May 19, 2018
Kim and family,
Deepest condolences to you and kids.. Rob was a good friend and heck of a teammate for a lot of years...He will be missed. Take comfort in all the great memories you made as a family...
Paul, Dewell, Maryn and Charlotte
Sean, Monica, Cruizy and Emalea Graham
May 19, 2018
So sorry to hear of Rob's passing. He was an amazing guy. Was always so supportive of others. He was one of the only senior high school guys that was nice to everyone!! He will truly be missed down here. Thinking about you Kim and the kids. Sending love from my family to yours xo
Alison (Gray) Walter
May 19, 2018
Kim, I am so sorry to hear this news. Rob was such an amazing guy, and he was always so kind to me in high school. I will cherish that memory. He will be deeply missed. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Hugs, ❤️
April Wilson
May 19, 2018
My deepest sympathy
Brenda McAllister
May 18, 2018
Kim and family - thinking of you and sending heartfelt sympathies. I know you will have many happy memories to share over the next few days.
Amy and Chris Stephen
May 18, 2018
Dear Kim, Nicole, Natasha and Tyler. My condolences at this time. I (Amy) will always remember Rob roaming the halls of Sullivan, CDHS and playing ball!
Sending you all our love, thoughts and prayers.
Amy and Chris
Jennifer (Golem) Chase
May 18, 2018
Dear Murray, Kathy, Kim and families,

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of Rob. May peace, courage and comfort be yours as you grieve.
Carol M. Jarvis
May 18, 2018
My Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Hugs to everyone for being there for him.
Amy and Louis Kalinowski
May 18, 2018
Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
Krista & Jaron Kerr, Trent, Kirsten, Mason & Maddux
May 18, 2018
Dear Kim, Nicole, Natasha, Tyler and families,
Sending you our deepest sympathies as you mourn the loss of your best friend, your loving husband and amazing father. It has been a long haul for you and your family's love and devotion and I cannot even begin to understand the pain and loss you have to deal with. Rob was an awesome guy, always happy and fun. I will always remember seeing him in the halls of CDHS when I was a minor niner and I'd hear that familiar "Hey Shorty!". Hate to tell him, but he wasn't much bigger than me! We will miss seeing him too, and hope you find peace in knowing he is no longer suffering. Take care xo
Brent, Cheryl Leifso and family
May 18, 2018
Kim, Nicole, Natasha and Tyler, and the Burrows family; we are so, so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and we are thinking of you during this most difficult time.
Kim Mossey
May 17, 2018
So sorry to hear. Our thoughts, prayers and hugs are with u all.
Susan Dolphin
May 17, 2018
Please accept my sincere condolences. My thoughts are with all of you during this most difficult time. May you find peace and solace in your memories.
Susan Dolphin
Janet..Rob and Nataley
May 17, 2018
Kim, Nicole, Natasha and Tyler
Thinking of all of you...with hugs
May you always treasure the amazing, wonderful memories of Rob. His smile, his laughter, his jokes, and most of all his unending love for his family.
Sharon, Barrie, Jack, Sydney and Will
May 17, 2018
We are all so so sorry to hear. You all have been so strong and your love has been inspirational. Our hearts and thoughts are with you all at this time.If there is ever anything that you need, do not hesitate to ask.
linda feuchuk Henry Paliga
May 17, 2018
Dear Kim, Nicole, Natasha and Tyler. What a journey of pure love you have all been on with Rob. Console yourselves with the knowledge that he is free of all his pain and that you are all that much stronger for caring for, loving him and having him in your lives. Sending you our deepest sympathies and biggest hugs.

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