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Robert Leigh Bierd

July 19, 1947 - July 16, 2014
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Robert Leigh Bierd was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Robert will be remembered as a very exceptional person.       Robert was born on July 19, 1947 at Henderson Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. He was the son of Madeline "Mae" and Charlie Bierd. Robert grew up in east end of Hamilton, Ontario.        He had three siblings: Linda (deceased), John, and Verlee. Robert was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.       As a young boy, Robert had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Robert was an active child who took part in hockey. He was also a committed cub scout. In his spare time he liked socializing. The most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.       A typical teenager, Robert had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Tech. ...
Robert Leigh Bierd was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Robert will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Robert was born on July 19, 1947 at Henderson Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. He was the son of Madeline "Mae" and Charlie Bierd. Robert grew up in east end of Hamilton, Ontario.

       He had three siblings: Linda (deceased), John, and Verlee. Robert was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young boy, Robert had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Robert was an active child who took part in hockey. He was also a committed cub scout. In his spare time he liked socializing. The most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

      A typical teenager, Robert had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Tech.

      Robert enjoyed his college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Robert was able to manage the balancing act. He earned his certificate for welding as a trade school iron worker from George Brown College.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those he knew, Robert enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during his lifetime. While growing up, some of his best friends were the "Parkdale Gang". Later in life, he became friends with everyone. Close friends include Gerry and Sandy, Ronny Allan, Danny Lewis, Steve Bilbraugh, Mike Donovan, and "the Girls".

      Robert worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Robert was blessed with five children: Liz, Jason, Chad, Becky, and Maddie. Another blessing for Robert was the gift of six grandchildren Matti, Alky, Mitchell, MacKenzie, Callie, and Camden.

      Fortunately, Robert enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Robert worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was a Tool & Dye Welder. He was employed as and iron worker and then as a welder. He also worked at the Golf Pro Shop. Robert always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Robert enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were golf, hockey, and photography. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Robert found pleasure in sports. In high school, Robert played hockey. Recreational sports included golf and water-skiing. Robert was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so. Tops on his list were always golf and hockey.

      Robert was a man who took pride in upholding his faith in his fellow man. So it is little wonder that he took an active role in his community, serving on committees for the Tim Horton's Queenston Road Groupies. However, when it came to politics, Robert never voted in his life!

      Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Robert was given accolades for his many and varied accomplishments throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included the Trillium Award and several recognitions for his photography.

      Robert enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included Little Hawk Lake, Myrtle Beach Golf, and California.

      Robert was a lover of animals and he cherished his pets. He especially appreciated the Koi in his fish pond.

      His retirement in 2013 was overshadowed with a diagnosis of cancer. However, Leigh continued to "hold court" on the porch and be involved in photo shoots. Even during this difficult time, Robert continued to stay in touch with his old friends, and developed close relationships with his care givers during his illness.

      Robert passed away at home as he had wished on July 16, 2014. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2012, Leigh fought a courageous battle including radiation, surgery and chemotherapy. He is survived by his children and grandchildren. Services were held at Cresmount Funeral Home - Fennell Chapel in Hamilton. Robert Leigh Bierd was laid to rest in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.

      Simply stated, Robert was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Robert leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Robert Leigh Bierd.

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