In Celebration of

Robert Humble

December 5, 1954 -  July 14, 2017

Robert Clifford Humble was born 5 December 1954 in London England and subsequently baptized at St Georges Chapel at the Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham. Robert is survived by the love of his life, Heather Bell. Loving father of Arwen (Mac), Linnet, Elspeth, Meade and Rowan. Loving stepfather to Stephanie (Curtis) and Lindsey (Ethan). Loving grandfather of Bronwen, Atticus, Theodan and Declan.
Robert was ordained as a United Church Minister in 1981. He served in the Canadian Forces Chaplain Branch for 28 years. Robert retired as a Commander having served in several command positions. Robert was selected to be the first Canadian exchange officer at US Naval Air Station Oceania, Virginia Beach, USA.
As a Fleet Chaplain Robert sailed in many ships of the Pacific Fleet. HMC Ships Saskatchewan, Qu’Appelle, Yukon, Mackenzie, Gatineau, Kootenay, Restigouche, Terra Nova and Provider. Robert also deployed aboard the US Navy Aircraft Carrier USS George Washington.
After retirement from the CF, Robert returned to civilian ministry and became the Minister of Warren and Meadow Lea Churches in Manitoba from 2012 to 2015. Robert and his wife Heather moved to Merrickville Ontario in 2015 where Robert became the Minister of Merrickville United Church. Shortly after this Robert was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Brain Tumor which changed the plan completely.
Thank you to all our family and friends who supported us during these difficult times; the village of Merrickville, Beth Donovan Hospice and volunteers, and our family doctor, Dr. Mooney. Thanks to all the PSWs for their help in enabling Robert to stay at home where he wanted to be with his wife Heather.
This quote from John Maxwell is fitting for Robert: “our ability as leaders will not be measured by the buildings we built, the institutions we establish, or what our team accomplished during our tenure. You and I will be judged by how well the people we invested in carried on after we are gone”. Only in heaven will he truly know the extent of his ministry and number of lives he inspired. Robert will be missed deeply.


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Janice Lee Claire and David Weatherby (Old family friends of the Humble family)

Entered July 16, 2017 from Lake Evho, Nova Scotia

We have so many happy memories from years gone by that we can reflect on. We can all look back with such fondness at all the special times we had. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With love.

Rev. Whitman Strong (United Church Personnel Minister)

Entered July 17, 2017 from Ottawa, ON

Heather and family,
On behalf of all of us at the Montreal & Ottawa Conference Office of the United Church of Canada, I offer my deepest condolences at this sad time. Over the years, Robert served his church, his community and his country well. Please know that you and your extended family are being held in our prayers.

David Kettle (Friend)

Entered July 17, 2017 from Kanata, Ontario

I had the absolute pleasure of knowing Robert for close to three decades. I can remember the first time I met Robert. He had just recently entered the Regular Force - I was so impressed with him that I can remember thinking - where can we find more clergy like this to recruit.
I admired his operational focus and his rapport with the troops. His love was the Navy but he was a stellar chaplain in all three elements.
He was a brilliant preacher and he was compassionate and gifted in his pastoral care. He was approachable regardless of rank. Whether simply seeking a sounding board or sound advice - Robert was your chaplain. While being a man for all seasons may be beyond anyone's abilities - Robert could give a pretty good shot.
I consider myself blessed to have known him and to have ministered along side of him in various capacities.

Rev James E. Leland (Friend)

Entered July 17, 2017 from 4277 Donnelly Dr. Kemptville, Ont. EOG IJO

Good-bye old friend. I have fond memories of our ministry in the Maritimes.Sleep well and rest in the safe arms of God. May God grant Heather and children the comfort and peace of God. Jim Leland

Shirley KIng (Parishoner at Warren United Church)

Entered July 17, 2017 from Box 68,Warren, Manitoba ROC 3E0

It is with heavy hearts to learn of Roberts passing. We are all extremely sorry to receive
this news after the trauma he has encountered.
His friendly and kind ways and the love for people will never be forgotten.
Heather you are in my thoughts and prayers. You have been a stalwart for Robert.
I have thought of you often! Take care!
Sincerely Shirley King


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