Robert “Bob” Swales


Peacefully with his family by his side at Victoria Hospital, London, on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Robert “Bob” Swales passed away in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Donna Swales for 63 years. Loving father of John, Darren (Lise), Guy, Lionel “Ed” (Phyllis), Melody Legacé (Denis) and Doug. Cherished grandfather of 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Len (Ruth) of Appin, the late Marie Welch (Doug) of Strathroy and the late Sandy Adlam (the late Max) of Sarnia. Bob will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Bob worked at Kelvinator for 10 years and 27 years at London Transit where he was known as Swampy. He loved playing baseball with Huff & Puff and was an avid hunter and knew how to make people laugh. He will be sadly missed by all. Cremation has taken place and a future Celebration of Bob’s life will be held when it is safe to do so. Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to Diabetes Canada, 442 Adelaide Street North, London, ON N6B 3H8. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  1. My heart breaks that you are gone. It doesn’t even feel real yet. I wanted to tell you I’m so thankful for all the driving advice you have given me, and for allowing me to practice driving in your car- it really did help me gain enough confidence to actually start driving. I’ll miss you always being here for Sunday dinners and I’ll miss you singing all the time just to try to bug me. I am still in shock but I love you, you were an amazing grandpa and I am so lucky to have had such a close bond with you. I’ll miss you forever.

  2. Your Papa loved you Alexxus , so much. You now have a guardian Angel to watch over you . Take comfort in that sweetie xo

  3. My sweet Dad , their is not enough words to convey the love I have for you. I keep searching in my mind , for that one memory that sticks out the most . The truth be told their are so many , I cherish . How you taught me to play baseball , the day you walked me down the isle on my wedding day . The words you said to me . I told you I would always be your little girl ,
    All the conversations we shared over gardening , and the live you you had for my children .. your grandkids . The Sunday dinners .. your complaining about the garlic in the potatoes .. lol watching you swim ..I could go on and on .. I admired you Dad , you we my pillar , I love you.
    I will miss you greatly . Even though I am broken now .. I know you will watch over me and My children and their children. I promise you this we all will take very good care of Mom .. love you forever and a day Dad Always. P.s Thanks for being the Best Dad Ever ❤

  4. You were there with me to pick out my first car. You helped guide me in life in more ways than I can count. From the beginning we shared a special bound, I was your little dolly and I will always be Papa’s little dolly. Words cannot express how much you will be missed. I love you Papa.

  5. You and Donna were like second parents to me. Always welcome in your house. Always welcome for dinners. Although joking you always told me to fill up on bread to save the meat. My favorite memory of you is when in Dominican Replublic, We were in the pool a few beers in and you said I am doing pretty good for a guy that doesn’t like people.

  6. I will always remember you and all of are good memories together, Love always, Chase.

  7. I greatly enjoyed Bob’s good-natured company on the HuffnPuff ball diamond, and at our post-game coffee get-togethers. I hope that the chair he entrusted to me to repair for him is still holding together. If not, I would be honoured to give it another try, as a final favour to a good person and a good friend.
    One final favour I have to ask of Bob – when we hopefully meet again on that celestial ball diamond, please try to resist catching all of my fly balls, as you always did here!

  8. No words can express my sadness right now. Many hearts are broken as we have to say our goodbyes for now as God has gained another beautiful angel, our “Papa Bob” he has created such a big wonderful family who will always keep him alive by all our special memories we’ve all created with him, especially all the smiles & laughters he gave us all. I personally would like to say I’m so thankful he was a big part of my life, I know he wasn’t blood related to me but to me he might as well have been because I loved him with all my heart like he was. On behalf of the the “BIG MAC” family we will love you forever & always xoxo Rest in the sweetest peace ❤️

  9. Dad the memories of the folks who loved you and those that you loved say it best. I have so many memories of you that it is summed up by saying something that I told you and we spoke about. “You are my best friend”. I will miss you forever and treasure each memory. I have been reflecting on the most unique gift you gave to all of us which is that you made everyone feel like they were the most important person in the world. I will not say good bye, I will tell you that I will see you later.

  10. Grandpa, I’m lost for words. I don’t know how to describe the pain that I feel every morning waking up and realizing you’re gone. I’m going to miss you so much, you and I had this special bond that would never break, you were always in my corner no matter what and it meant the world to me. I love you so much grandpa. Wish it wasn’t real.

  11. My heart goes out to you all.. RIP Bob.. Sending Hugs and Prayers.. Donna Stay Strong..

  12. My deepest condolences to the Swales family on the loss of Bob.
    I hold you in my thoughts, prayers and heart.
    Linda Fischer

  13. Our deepest condolences go out to Melody and the entire family. Although I never met your father, I know how much you loved and admired him. So sorry for your loss.

  14. Condolences to Donna, John and entire family for your loss. Worked for many years at London Transit with Bob. Before Covid-19 would see Bob and Donna at retirees’ breakfast!

  15. I met Bob back in 1959 when we were all so young. Bob and Donna were very new parents then and struggled through together some really hard times. I recall they didn’t have a lot in those early years but they stayed united through everything life gave them. Although life took us all in separate directions as the years passed I have always been thankful for their support and friendship. Their children grew up to be strong people because of who Bob and Donna were. Blessings to all of you.

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