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Remembering Rob


It is with heavy hearts that we share that our dear friend and former Bruyère patient, Rob Cairns, passed away in Barrhaven on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at the young age of 51.

Rob came to Bruyère in 2020, committed to being removed from a ventilator. Despite having all odds against him, Rob never gave up hope. Through his irrefutable dedication, hard work and commitment, he was removed from the vent and able to return to living independently in the community.

Rob inspired us to push the limits of our care and to work together to think outside the box and achieve the “impossible”. He was tremendously grateful to his care team and Bruyère family for believing in him and helping him achieve his goal of returning to the community.

Since going home, Rob remained dedicated to giving back to Bruyère and had on numerous occasions allowed us to share his inspiring story with our broader community.

We will forever be grateful to have crossed paths with such an inspiring and special person.

He leaves behind his children, Grace and Callum Cairns, and their mother Lynda. Brother of Jill, nephew of Sally Dallaire Kerr and Terry Kerr, cousin to David and Dani Kerr, Dana McAuley and Sarah Sheehan.

For those who wish, donations to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, (who trained two companions for Rob - Orchid and Daphne), or Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, would be appreciated.