Bob Mills

Rhody Family Funeral Home

“We learn the value of hard work by working hard.”

Robert Sydney was born on Friday, January 12, 1934 to Thomas Sydney and Margaret Elizabeth (Walpole) Mills in Brant Township. Bob was an only child and the Mills family soon moved to the outskirts of Invermay where he began school. In the spring of 1944, Bob and his parents moved to the B Line in Elderslie, between the 8th and 10th. He then attended a rural school just north of Paisley, on Bruce County Road 3 until his graduation from public school. At this point, Bob decided that he had enough formal education and he entered the workforce. He soon began working for local farmers, particularly Donald McKinnon. This was followed by some time working for Lands & Forest planting trees, Hagedorn’s at their Seed Plant in Paisley, all the while helping his parents on their family farm at home.

There was always a little bit of everything to do on the farm and in addition to caring for the animals, Bob was particularly fond of tinkering in the shop. For three years, Bob worked at Bruce Packers and was able to double his wages by rising to the position of Maintenance Manager. In 1958 Bob even tried out plowing snow, a position he held for the next three years. Bob’s passion, however, was fabricating and fixing machinery and in the late 1950’s he started his own business.

Being that they both worked at Bruce Packers and their mothers were friends, Mary Elizabeth Dalgarno and Bob Mills had courted and four years and one day later they were married, July 5, 1958 on Betty’s family farm. She then moved in with Bob and his half-built home in Elderslie. His parents had given the young couple property across from their place in 1957. When his parents moved off the farm and into Paisley in the 1970’s, Bob took over the care of running their farm as well as his own. He had a particular fondness for anything Case and owned a variety of tractors and machinery over the years. Together, he and Betty went on to complete their home, farmed and built their plumbing, fabricating and electrical business with long hours and hard work. Bob often joked about the “Silver Strip,” (10th of Elderslie) as it was the home to the majority of his clients over the years.

In his younger years, Bob attended and participated in many Farm Forums. He enjoyed playing cards and the socializing that came with it. When judging one’s character, Bob would always take his lead from how an individual treated their animals. He was hard working and loved to work hard to please his clients and, people in general. To say he was a workaholic would be an understatement. Bob received support from a few close friends, Lorne Emke and Jack Tanner, who often helped him on some of his bigger jobs and when he was busy.

Although he did not have much time for play, Bob did love going fishing at Ruddy’s Pond, twenty-six miles east of Oshawa, with the guys. He also enjoyed woodworking in his spare time and tinkering in his shop. If you needed anything, and I mean anything fixed, Bob was your man. No day was complete without watching the evening news. Bob’s preference in music was particular and included the likes of Don Messer, Walter Ostanek "Canada's Polka King", or listening to any old-time country artist. He used reading as a tool to further educate himself on all work-related matters and always enjoyed learning more about his trade. However, in his own words, he was quick to tell you that most of his teachings came from learning from his mistakes. To be honest, Bob never really did retire, he just slowed down as he aged. In recent years he followed his daily routine to a T, waking early, heading out to the farm to care for the animals, before returning to town to carry out the remainder of his day.

He was very much a private man, and easy-going in nature. However, Bob was very aware of the happenings in his community and tried to help out whenever he could. He will be dearly missed by his close friends and members of his community.

Sadly, Bob passed away suddenly, at home, on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in his 86th year.

Bob is now reunited with his beloved wife Elizabeth “Betty” who predeceased him in 2016. Son of the late Thomas Sydney and Margaret Elizabeth (Walpole) Mills, Bob spent his entire life in the Paisley area operating his plumbing, fabricating and electrical business. He will be dearly missed by his many close friends, neighbours and former customers.

Family and friends are invited to Knox United Church, Paisley (399 Goldie St.) on Thursday, August 29, 2019 beginning at 1 p.m., with a funeral service celebrating Bob’s life to follow at 2 p.m. Interment in Douglas Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Canada would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Barb and Paul Sinclair
September 16, 2019
We were saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. Both Paul and I had the true pleasure of knowing Bob and Betty as great neighbours. Bob was truly a good tradesman and it was not often that he couldn't fix the problem. Bob was a quiet man who had great care and concern for his community. He will be missed.
Doug & June Catto
August 29, 2019
So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a nice man and a great neighbor
Dorothy Bryce-Rea
August 28, 2019
my deepest sympathy

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