Bob was born in Cobourg in 1938, the middle child of Elfreda and Rex MacCoubrey.  He grew up on Burke St. with his older brother Charles and younger sister Mary Jane. While attending Cobourg Collegiate, he met Sandra Franks.  They were married in 1960. At the time Bob was working for Imperial Oil in Toronto, and Sandra was attending teacher's college.  

When Bob's father Rex was given the opportunity to buy the Bowes Funeral Home on King St. in Cobourg, he invited Bob to join him. The young couple returned to Cobourg to live, and Bob set about learning a new profession. Over the years, the funeral home was expanded and the firm also purchased another business in Colborne.  

Bob and Sandra's son Scott was born in 1961, and eventually their family grew to include Janet, Sharon and Kay. In time, Rex and Freda retired from the business and moved out of the apartment over the funeral home, so that Bob and Sandra and their active family could move in 1971.  With the dedication of so many funeral home families, the MacCoubrey's embarked on the challenging task of raising children over the shop. Bob was a wonderful funeral director - many people can testify to the kindness with which he helped them through a difficult time, and the high standard of excellence he insisted upon in his business.

Bob and Sandra moved out of the funeral home in 1981 to their gracious home Dungannon, where Bob was able to indulge one of his great loves, designing a home and garden. Sandra said he would have loved to have been an architect, as he always took a great interest in planning the remodels of his two businesses, as well as his homes. He retired from the regular schedule at the funeral home during the early 1990's, when his son Scott assumed the helm.

Bob had always been an active Rotarian and community booster, helping with projects such as building the Centennial Pool and the Waterfront Festival. But in retirement, he was able to be more fully involved in what became in many ways his true calling. In 1991, he was appointed Vice Chair of the Cobourg Public Library Foundation, and was instrumental in the opening of the C.Gordon King Centre in September 1995. In January 2003, he and Sandra traveled to Burkino Faso as part of a team of 25 Rotarians to working with Careforce International to build a shelter for orphaned children.

One of his greatest achievements was as Chair of the Leadership Gifts Committee of the Northumberland Hills Hospital, helping to raise over $12,000,000 for the new building. He later served as chair of the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation, and continued his passionate commitment to the hospital even after his term in office was completed.  

He was an active member of Trinity United Church, serving on various committees over the years, included a very successful time as Finance Chair in the early 1990's when he made short work of the debt accumulated as a result of a restoration project.  Bob was a true elder of the congregation. When he stood up to speak at a meeting, he spoke with wisdom, knowledge and love for the gathered community, and occasionally impatience with the slow process of church bureaucracy! Those of you who knew him in other contexts probably saw the same qualities.  We will all miss his dynamism, his passion and his friendship.

Last year, Bob took on another project, building a home in the New Amherst community. He and Sandra moved in during the spring and later in the summer, enjoyed a Mediterranean cruise. He wasn't feeling well during the fall, and a series of tests revealed the cancer that would cut short his time on earth so tragically.

He approached his illness with the same pragmatism he brought to so many of his projects. Even in his last days, he was participating in community events and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He died cared for by the staff of the wonderful hospital he helped to build, and held by his loving family.