BILLINGS, Colonel Robert Stanley - (Ret'd) 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) - It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Stanley Billings on February 24, 2012. After a long and happy life, his big heart gave out, used up by all the living, giving and loving he did during his 75 years. He is survived by Sheila, his beloved wife and best friend. They celebrated 50 wonderful years together this past summer. His children, Barry (Kate), Alison (Jefferson Gilbert) and Michael (Julie Mulholland) will remember their dad for his love, support and guidance. He was “Pop“ to Wyatt and Jasper Gilbert, Thea and Madeline Billings and Ben Billings. Bob will be dearly missed by his sister Ellen Ryan, his brothers George (Linda) and Roland (Susan) and their families. He is predeceased by his parents Harry and Edna Billings (Kingston). We won't soon forget - he shared his own signature sense of humour and great zest for life with all who knew him. Bob had a distinguished 33 year career in the Canadian Armed Forces, Armoured Corp., underlined by loyalty, friendship and concern for his soldiers and their families. The Colonel served proudly in three regiments - Lord Strathcona's Horse, Royal Canadian Dragoons and the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's). He ended his career as Commandant, Land Forces Staff College at Fort Frontenac, Kingston. The same place where his father joined the army and went off to war in 1939. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 28 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at ROBERT J. REID & SONS, “The Chapel on the Corner“, 309 Johnson Street (at Barrie Street), Kingston. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 11 am at Edith Rankin Memorial United Church, 4080 Bath Road, Kingston, Ontario. Cremation to follow. Internment will take place at a later date. In memory of Bob, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Soldier On Fund. Online Condolences at: 11088874
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One of the good guys!
Posted by Barbara and Doug (Knobby) Clark (Friend) On Thursday, March 8, 2012
Sheila and family,
Sorry to have missed the wake and funeral. It is one that we both wished to attend.
Bob and I were together in Cyprus (1964) and many summers in Wainwright. He was a special soldier and leader and always the same. Just a great guy.
Sorry not to have had a chance to express our condolences personnaly to you and the family. The boys, I remember from Fort Henry many summers ago.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Sorry for your loss
Posted by Yvette & Wayne Carey (Friends) On Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Dear Sheila: I am truly sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I wish you and your family all the best at this very sad time.
Posted by Walter Capobianco (Friend of deceased brother) On Friday, March 2, 2012
Kathy and I are sorry to hear of your brothers passing. We have just found out and we feel your loss.
Farewell Good Friend
Posted by Paul Nielsen (Fellow Hussar and friend) On Thursday, March 1, 2012
My deepest condolence to Col Bob's family. There is no question that Col Bob had a huge heart and a warm smile and he had a particular fondness for all Hussars. He always offered me a kind word and sound advise. Col Bob you will be truly missed.
Regi Patriaeque Fidelis - Paul Nielsen CO 8CH 2007-2010
So very sorry to hear this news.
Posted by Judy Wildman (Friend to Linda and George) On Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I wish you all the best. Please know how very much I care. Losing your brother is so sad.I can't even imagine. I know you all loved him very much. I wish to send my sincerest sympathy and hope that all the great memories will help to sustain you through this very sad time.I think of you all so often and with love and friendship.