Dudley, Robert ‘Bob,’ (Feb. 4, 2018)

Robert (Bob) Dudley passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 92 years of age.  Born in Shanghai, China to Richard Dudley and Mona Edwards, Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Stewart, in 1994, and by siblings Agnes, James, Frank, Eileen, Molly, Margaret, John and Elizabeth.  He was the proud and loving father of Jane, Moira, James (Jim) and Shelagh Dudley and the adoring grandfather of Eric Aubry, Kristen and Nathan Kitamura, Thomas and Evan Dudley, and Alexander and Jamie Lambkin.  He was the great-grandfather of Emma Aubry.  He will also be missed by sons-in-law, Pierre Aubry and Martin Kitamura, by Jim’s partner, Elizabeth Dawson, and by Eric’s wife, Jessica Menard.  He leaves many nieces and nephews. After obtaining his school-leaving certificate from the school he established at the Chapei Civil Assembly Centre, Bob immigrated with three siblings to Canada to join two other sisters in their one bedroom apartment in Vancouver.  Bob received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia.  In 1951, he joined Polymer Corporation Limited (later Polysar Ltd.) in Sarnia, Ontario.  He remained with the company for the duration of his career retiring in 1988 after having served as its President and Chief Executive Officer in the final five years.  Toward the end of his career, he received an honorary doctorate in Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Bob’s family and friends will deeply miss his lively intellect, his dry wit, his enduring patience and his unconditional love and support.  A celebration of his life will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018, atSMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, Ontario.  Family will receive visitors beginning at noon. A reception at the Sarnia Riding Club will follow the celebration. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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