Westmount, Quebec – 22 January 2018: The RMR Foundation regrets to announce the death of Chief Warrant Officer (retired) Robert (Bob) Wheaton, CD. He passed away on Friday 19 January 2018.
RSM Wheaton played a significant role in the Regiment, serving as Regimental Sergeant-Major twice: 1964 – 1968 and then again from 1979 – 1981. He was also an active member of the RMR Association, marching as part of the Branch’s colour party for many years during church parades and Remembrance Day parades. He will be missed.
Born June 13, 1932 in Verdun, Quebec, passed away peacefully on January, 19, 2018 in St. Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec with his wife Barbara and children by his side. Survived by his wife Barbara (nee Booth) and 5 children, Cheryl (John) of Osoyoos, BC, Steven, Shelley of Calgary, AB, Sharon (Amy) and Robert. He is also survived by his Brother William (Bill) Wheaton of Tampa, Florida, 7 Grand children Thomas (Malinda ), Meredith (Roberto) & Lyndsay (Chris), Jennifer, Andrew (Kris), Barbara (Dan) and Peter, and 9 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Affectionately known as “Bob” he joined The Royal Montreal Regiment in 1949 and was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major from 1964 to 1968 and 1979 to 1981. He was a life member of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 14 in Westmount,Quebec and a Life Member of the Order of the Eastern Star Swanton Chapter, VT. He was a Master Mason, Clarenceville-Nelson Lodge #9 and the Karnak Shriners. He spent his working career as a Master Locksmith starting with the Montreal Protestant School Board and later owning his own business, Able Locksmiths. He retired in 1998 to the cottage in Alburgh, VT where he enjoyed fishing and golf and spending time with family and friends. Bob and Barbara later settled in Lacolle where Bob spent many childhood years growing up.
The family would like to extend a special appreciation to the staff on the second floor, south at Gertrude LaFrance Residence in St.Jean sur Richelieu. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Sun Youth, 4251 St. Urbain, Montreal, Quebec, H2W 1V6 firstname.lastname@example.org in Bob’s name.