Robert Hoey

Robert Joseph Hoey

Friday, June 28th, 1963 - Thursday, July 30th, 2020
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Hoey, Robert Joseph (Rob)

June 28th, 1963 – July 30th, 2020
Burlington, Ontario

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Rob Hoey.
Loved by his wife Janine Peddle and pal Remus, stepson Daniel (Sheila), he was adored and respected by his great many friends, colleagues and extended family of cousins, aunts and uncles.
Rob will be forever missed by his sisters Tammy Sifrer (Bojan) and Kelly Hoey (Neil St Clair) and fondly remembered as an uncle like no other by his nieces and nephews Olivia and Rohan, and Emmy, Shannon and Jack.

Rob attended Lord Elgin High School and later Ryerson University for Interior Architectural Design. He worked at a number of Canadian and international design firms before joining the Region of Peel .
He was enormously dedicated to his work at the Region and was passionate about providing the best quality of life possible for some of society’s most vulnerable citizens. We thank his colleagues for their support.
Musician, historian and collector, he will be remembered for his quick wit, kind heart and gentle nature.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Rob at a later date. In his honour we ask that you remember a time when his insightful humour made you smile and share that experience with someone else - then raise a glass of fine spirits in his memory.

Rob is predeceased by his loving parents Basil and Marie Hoey (nee Ayotte).
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for their care and kindness and also Dr. Ronan Foley and his team for their commitment. For those wishing to make a donation in his honour, please consider Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

A Celebration of Life for Rob will take place Saturday, August 15, 2020 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, 9280 Airport Road, Hamilton, Ontario.

Please understand that, due to Covid-19 restrictions, a maximum of 50 individuals will be permitted in Rob’s Celebration of Life area at any one time. Museum volunteers will be on hand for screening and to answer any questions you have. Guests are also free to wander the museum that Rob loved so much. The family understands that not everyone will feel comfortable attending this gathering. Condolences and remembrances of Rob can be left at

“How lucky I am having something that makes saying goodbye so hard” – A. A. Milne

(Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Burlington 905-632-3333)
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Anne White

Posted at 06:27pm
I too am an ‘88 Ryerson grad. Like Donna, my friendship and true appreciation of Rob developed after we graduated. Bumping into Rob at industry events, parties and fortunately at one of our most recent Ry High dinner get togethers, was always amusing. He was never the guy who sought the limelight but, he was definitely the one you should’ve always been sitting beside and listening to. I never got enough of that devilish smile that always told you he had just said, to only those sitting near by, something apropos and hilarious. I will fondly think of Rob every time the Lancaster goes overhead. My sincere sympathies to his wife, son and family.
Rob, you will be remembered!

Paul Sokalski

Posted at 01:21pm
Very sad to hear the news about Rob. We went to Ryerson together back in the 80's and he was always a fun guy to be around. Had a lot of laughs with him in and out of school. He had a one liner for everything that would always crack us up. The biggest Rolling Stones Fan I've ever met. Anytime they went on tour Rob would be the first guy to call us all together to see the concert.
I will miss his wit and the kind heart he had to all around him.
Hope we meet again some day Buddy. My Condolences to his Family. He will be missed. Regards, Paul Sokalski

Donna Lawson

Posted at 08:36pm
I was so saddened to hear of Rob’s passing. Although I first met Rob at Ryerson, it wasn’t until after graduation that I truly became aware of what a sweet, kind & funny man he was. When we would bump into each other at industry functions, it was if we were old friends, following into easy conversation & laughter. That’s just the kind of person he was; making anyone & everyone feel comfortable & known. I barely scratched the surface in knowing him & can’t even imagine what a huge loss his passing is to those close to him....Rob, you will be so missed by so many.xo


Posted at 01:17pm
Lynne Krisfalusi

I met Rob when we studied together at Ryerson. We had an instant connection because my father taught him at Lord Elgin High School and of course because of his remarkable humour and thoughtful, kind ways. I am so saddened at Rob’s passing as I was always hopeful of seeing him again at reunions and send my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Rob was a wonderful person and I will always remember him fondly.


Posted at 12:35pm
Carole and I, along with Thomas and Carolina, Dave and Lindsay and Katie were so very saddened to hear of Rob's passing.. We knew him for almost 30 years through our nephew and cousin Geoff. Rob was one the worlds real gentle souls , such a lovely mild mannered man. So many good memories of the times we got to spend with him mainly at Geoff and Lisa's over the years. His love for Janine was evident and his passion for his work a blessing for all that were fortunate to call him their peer.
Rob will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.
"Absent Friends" Rob, gone too soon but never forgotten.

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