Originally posted on the Globe and Mail
June 8, 1948-August 28, 2014 Toronto’s social justice community is mourning the loss of a comrade, colleague and friend Bob Gardner. Bob passed away peacefully at age 66 at Toronto General Hospital with his spouse and partner in life Linda by his side. Predeceased by his parents General James and Joyce Gardner. Survived by spouse and partner in life Linda Gardner nee Lee, sisters Deborah and Dianne (John Firmino) Gardner, sister and brother-in-law Wendy and Larry Richardson, nephews Michael (Liz) and Stephen Richardson and niece Gillian Richardson Siegwart (Don), and great nieces and nephews.
Bob worked as Director of Policy at the Wellesley Institute for many years. He researched, wrote and spoke widely on health equity policy. He worked with governments, LHINs, service providers, and community partners across the GTA, Ontario, Canada and internationally to develop effective strategy and action plans. He served on many health policy advisory forums (Ontario Health Quality Council) working groups and boards. Bob has a PhD in sociology and worked as an academic (U of T, McMaster U, U of Guelph), public sector executive (Director Legislative Research Service, Ontario Legislative Library) and consultant. He was Senior Advisor, Parliamentary Research and Information Services, Parliamentary Centre where he worked around the world establishing parliamentary research units.