Robert "Bob" Patrick Doyle

March 11, 1935 to February 9, 2018


Passed peacefully away at Chancellor Park, St. John’s, on Friday, February 9, 2018 Robert (Bob) Doyle, aged 82, second son of the late Gerald S. Doyle and Marjorie (Mershon) Doyle. Also predeceased by his first wife, Peggy (O’Rourke) Doyle, stepmother Mary (Foley) Doyle, brothers Tom (Patricia), Charlie, Pat (Brenda), and Gerald (Bonnie), brothers-in-law Patrick O’Flaherty, Frank Gronich, Bud O’Rourke (Josie), and Jim O’Rourke, and his nephew Sean O’Rourke.

Leaving to mourn with loving memories, his wife Dorothy (Neal) Abery, his children, Robert (Toni), Paul (Karen), Susan (Derek Layne), and Sara (Anthony Singh), his stepdaughter Jane Abery (Carl Quinlan), and his grandchildren Hayley Doyle (Tom Bigelow), Katie Peddle (Mitchell), and Jaime Doyle. Also leaving to mourn are his brothers John (Sandy) and Bill (Cindy), his sister Marjorie Doyle, and their families. As well, Bob leaves to mourn his sisters-in-law Ann O’Rourke, Eileen Gronich, and Elizabeth (Neal) Butler, and his brother in law and sister-in-law, Bruce and Lavina Neal. Bob also leaves a large circle of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends especially Carl Collins, Joy Tatham, Terry and Mary Corbett, Tracey and Terry Sullivan, Clyde and Sylvia Pretty, Rob Marshall, Elliot and Matthew Layne and Darrin Harding. Special thanks to the staff members at Chancellor Park for their compassionate care of Bob over the past two years.

Bob was an expert on Newfoundland geography, having sailed around the coastline of Newfoundland with his father on the Miss Newfoundland throughout his childhood years. He was also an enthusiastic organizer of events for family and friends.

At his request, Bob has been cremated. Visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Monday, February 12, 2018 from 2-5 and 7-9 pm. The funeral mass will take place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 9:30 am from St. Pius X Church, 16 Smithville Crescent. Flowers are gratefully accepted. Donation in Bob’s memory can also be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

‘When I reach that last big shoal
Where the ground swells break asunder,
Where the wild sands roll to the surges toll.
Let me be a man and take it
When my dory fails to make it.

Take me back to that snug green cove
Where the seas roll up their thunder.
Where the seas roll up their thunder.
There let me rest in the earth’s cool Breast
Where the stars shine out their wonder-
And the seas roll up their thunder.’

Otto P. Kelland



2-5 p.m. on February 12, 2018

7-9 p.m. on February 12, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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9:30am, Tuesday February 13th

St. Pius X Church, Smithville Crescent


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Although I did not know Robert Doyle, I know his daughter, Susan. Judging from what a fine person Susan is, I know that he must have been a great man. I send my deepest sympathies and condolences to Susan and the entire family.

Robert, Firstly I have to apologize for having missed the notice that your Dad had passed away, I’m so sorry to hear this news. I’m guilty of not following the obits as closely as I should. I had a long relationship with your Dad, both from a business perspective but also a personal one. He always had helpful advice for me anytime we met. I’ll also recall the Doyle reunion at Eastport some years back where you all welcomed me when I stopped by. Please accept my sympathies both to you, Pau, Susan, Sara & Jane. Very nice picture of your Dad on the Carnell’s webpage.

Dear Robert, Paul, Susan and Sara,

Sending heartfelt condolences and warm wishes to you all, during this sad time.

Robert, Paul, Susan and Sarah,
We were very saddened to hear about your Dad’s passing. We have many fond memories of good times with your family and the Daleys and the Dobbins and ourselves in Eastport and down the country. You all have been through many grievous losses and hard times. Please know that we are thinking of you at this time.
The McManamon family

Susan, Derek and Family,

Sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of all of you and hoping that fond memories will give you comfort and strength at this difficult time and in the days ahead.

Paul,Karen and family. We are sorry to hear of the passing of Paul’s father.Please accept our deepest sympathy.Cherish your memories and lean on each other.

My deepest sympathy to the Doyle and Abrey families on the loss of Bob. My dad, Benedict Costello, worked at Gerald S. Doyle’s for a number of years. He was from King’s Cove and first came to the city on the Miss Newfoundland, accompanying Mr. Doyle’s uncle on a trip to St. John’s. I have many happy memories of my brother, sister and me visiting the Doyle building on Blackmarsh Road and having Bob take us down the plant to get some Hershey treats. He was my sister’s godfather. May your memories give you comfort at this sad time. Sincerely, Geralyn Costello.

Dear Robert, Susan, Paul and Sara
Sending you love and healing thoughts from St Kitts. Your Dad, my uncle Bob, led an incredibly full life. More life two lifetimes in one. I know you all four will miss him but he does live on through all of you.
Much love,

Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Mary and Rod Byrne

Sorry to hear the sad news. Deepest sympathy to Dorothy, Jane, Carl and the Doyle family.
Wendy and Max Batten

Susan and Family – I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My own father passed away less than two months ago so I know what a difficult and overwhelming time this is – my thoughts are with you all. As a friend shared with me, grief is not something you get over but instead it weaves its way into your life as the river does to the ocean.

Dear Sara, Susan, Paul and Robert and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. May this time of sorrow also stir warm memories to ease your hearts. Deepest sympathies to you all.
Hugs, Gina O’Rourke-McKay, Melissa and Jordan

Robert and family:-Sorry to hear of your Dads passing .Our condolences to you and your family at this time,our thoughts and prayers are with you .

Sorry to hear of Mr. Doyle’s passing. Our sincere sympathy. My husband worked for Mr. Doyle at Gerald S. Doyle in Corner Brook, many years ago.

I met Bob a long time ago. He knew my Dad,Gordon Woodford,from Gerald S. Doyle. When I met him,my Dad had already passed and Bob told me some nice things about him. Many thanks,Bob. Condolences to your Family.

My sincere condolences to the Doyle family, Susan on the loss of your father. Marjorie, Bill and John.

Marjorie, we are so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and all the Doyle families. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

John and Mary Batterton,
King’s Cove

To the Doyle and Abrey Families:

Dorothy, we were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and all the family at this time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

God Bless,

Ed and Helen Woodrow

To the Doyle and Abery families;
My deepest sympathy for your loss.. I have fond memories of Godfather Bob as my Dad Ben Costello and I went to Gerald S. Doyle’s to pick up orders. As a child it was exciting to be “part of the business” and Bob would always take me for tours. Hershey mini chocolate bars were always a great treat as well! May happy memories and the love of family and friends support at this difficult time.

Sara,Susan,Paul and Robert (and Families)
Our sincere condolences for your loss. Let good memories of yourDad and your love for each other help you though the difficult days ahead.
Love Alison and Dion Power

Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing Paul. Sending my deepest condolences.
Margaret Meaney.

Sincere condolence on Bob’s passing.

Marilyn and Noel Flynn

Dorothy, Jane and Carl..
Bob was a lovely, pleasant man with the warmest of smiles. Unfortunately due to distance, we did not have the opportunity to see him often. But when we did, it was truly a pleasure. We send you all our love and prayers.

Anne Marie, Norm and Eric Dinel

Jane,Carl & Dorothy. Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Dorothy, Jane and Carl – so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. He was a gentle and funny man and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of his family at this difficult time.

Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I have very good memories of Bob while working at Gerald S. Doyle and The Doyle Family reunion at Eastport a few years ago. Our Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Windsor and Rox-ann Woodman

I am very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing and will always remember him from the lobster boil up we had in Pippy Park. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Doyle family.

Hi Bob its Dawn Tucker from Dr. Darcys office. Im so sorry to hear of your dads passing. We had alot of laughs at the office. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.