Obituary for Bob Wellwood

Bob Wellwood
1931 – 2024

William Robert Wellwood passed peacefully at home in Kingston, Ontario, March 16, 2024. Bob is survived by his adored “first mate” Marilyn Wellwood (nee Whitla). Daughter Jane Wellwood of Mississauga, son Bill Wellwood of Gananoque and daughter Alice Miolée of Kingston. Cherished granddaughters Bianca Miolée, Janna Miolée and Abbie Miolée.

Bob was born November 29, 1931, in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. At the age of 12 his family moved to Ottawa, Ontario. After grade 13 in June 1950, Bob went on a survey party with the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys, Ottawa. These endeavors would continue each summer until he graduated from Carleton University, Ottawa in 1954 with a BSc. In Geology, Chemistry and Geography. In 1955, Bob graduated from Ontario College of Education. A master’s degree in education from Queen’s university was earned in 1975.

In 1955, Bob began his career in education at Gananoque Secondary School. It was there he met Marilyn, who was also a beginning teacher. Within 6 months they were engaged on February 14, 1956. Married August 18, 1956, in Galt (Cambridge), Ontario.

After two children were born, the family moved to Kingston in 1963. Bob became the head of the science department at Frontenac Secondary School and the third baby arrived. In 1970, he was appointed Vice Principal. In 1982, 4 years were spent as Vice Principal at Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute. Bob retired in 1990 as Principal of the School of Continuing and Community Education, allowing time for more travel.

In the summer of 1967, largely by 2 of his school students, a cottage was built on the shore of Lower Beverly Lake. A move to Treasure Island, Kingston in 1979 would provide the family with year-round waterfront property. Later, in 2010, a move to an apartment building in Kingston.

Bob and Marilyn traveled the world. Partly on cruises, including Iceland to Sweden and Norway. Many years spent sailing the Thousand Islands. Twice they were workers at underwater and coral research with SCUBA gear in Carriacou, Grenada. In the late 1990’s, they sailed from Collins Bay Yacht Club in their 32 foot Catalina named “Helen May” after Bob’s mother. This adventure took them as far as Tittusville, Florida and back again to Kingston. They shared many interests including swimming, downhill skiing, bridge and walks in the country. They were the best of friends. In retirement, Bob was active as an instructor with Kingston Power and Sail Squadron and Toastmasters.

The family expresses deepest gratitude to Dr. Greg Scott, Dr. Julianne Bagg and Anthony Cabanos, RN of St. Elizabeth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Great Lakes Museum, Kingston, Ontario.

The family will receive guests at James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd on Monday, April 1, 2024, from 12:00 – 12:50 pm. A service in the chapel will begin at 1:00 pm followed by a reception in the James Reid Funeral Home Reception Centre. For those that are unable to attend in person, you can CLICK HERE to attend via livestream.

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