Robert "Bob" John Vanderburgt

Death Notice

It is with broken hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving husband and father Robert “Bob” John Vanderburgt of Sarnia, ON. He passed away peacefully at London’s Victoria Hospital, on Friday, July 7, 2017, after a long, hard battle with Bronchiectasis and Pulmonary Fibrosis.Taken from us far too soon, at the age of 58, he will be forever missed by his wife of 26 years, Mary Jane (nee Rawlings), and by his two daughters Haley and Jessica. Also survived by his sister Linda, and brother Ron (Ruth), as well as nieces and nephews Brian (Heidi) and children, Jennifer (Blair), Emily (Shawn), and Paul. He will also be missed by his in-laws, Patricia Rawlings, Peggy, Patsy (Wayne), Betty (Wayne), Jackie (John), John (Karen), Kelley (Terry), Michael (Lisa), as well as nieces, nephews, and countless extended family and friends. Predeceased by his parents Francis and Mary Vanderburgt (nee Vandeschoot), his father-in-law Jack Rawlings, and brother-in-law Paul Chapin.
Bob worked as an employment counselor at Community Employment Choices in Strathroy, ON. Bob enjoyed travelling and had an unforgettable sense of humour. His family was his entire life and he loved his wife and daughters so much. He took so much pride in his girls and did a wonderful job raising them. He maintained hope until the very end and stayed so strong for his family. He will leave holes in the hearts of all who knew him, and will forever be missed.


Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at St. Benedict Church, 1011 Oak Ave., Sarnia, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow.


Sympathy may be expressed through donations to an education scholarship fund for his daughters, Haley and Jessica. Donations can be made at Scotiabank (transit number: 80952 account number: 0329886), because Bob took so much pride in both his daughters’ future careers as Registered Nurses.

48 Condolences

  • Brenda McCahon August 2, 2017 02:10pm

    Bob was a great help to me when I moved to Strathroy and registered for the help of Community Employment Choices. My deepest condolences go to his Wife and Daughters. He will be greatly missed as a counsellor. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have met him and worked with him to find employment.

  • Trish Scott July 14, 2017 12:26am

    So many fun memories of Startek, team building, the dunk tank fun and games and team meetings with Bob as the manager holding down the fort. He loved and adored his wife and girls then, and I am sure though heaven is blessed with such a wonderful man, he surely misses his family. Mary Jane and family, I am hoping the memories will stay in your heart forever while you go forward in your life.

  • Darlene Labadie July 12, 2017 07:23pm

    Bob was a special coworker who cared genuinely about his clients and coworkers at Community Employment Choices. But most of all, he cared deeply about his family and their wellbeing, about being a good dad and spouse - and he let everyone know that. I will miss his story telling and no nonsense view of life among so many other things. My condolences and prayers to all.

  • Lucy van der Venne July 12, 2017 06:40pm

    Dear Van der Burgt Family
    My deepest sympathy with the loss of your brother Bob .
    my prayers are with you .
    God Bless you .

  • Anthony (Tony) and Simone Beernink July 12, 2017 04:01pm

    Mary Jane and Family, Linda, Ron (Ruth) and Family.
    Our sincere sympathy and prayers to all on your loss. May you find strength and peace in memories of happier times.
    Tony and Simone

  • Ben van de Sande July 12, 2017 02:50pm

    Dear Mary Jane, Haley and Jessica

    Were so sorry to hear that Bob passed away.
    We wish to express our deepest condolences
    Our thoughts and prayers are whit you all

    Ben, Carla, Roy and Sharon & Dion, Holland

  • Dave Joan LeClair (Keegans grandparents) July 12, 2017 02:24pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • Fran and Ray Lapensee July 11, 2017 10:14pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We are presently away on vacation in ST. John's and will not be able to attend the visitation or service but our thoughts are with you all.

  • Annette Vermeersch - Coker July 11, 2017 04:42pm

    My thought's and prayers go out to the family. Bob and I went to school together. I'm very sorry that he was taken away from his family at such a young age. May God help you through this most difficult time.

  • Joanne Robert VanderHeyden July 11, 2017 01:44pm

    Dear Linda and Ron and family

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother , our sincere condolences to you all

    Love and prays from your friends
    in NewLowell
    Joanne & Robert

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