Robert Barry Francos passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 5, 2023 at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, at the age of 68.
Robert is survived by his partner in life, Marie Lovrod; daughter, Nerissa; son-in-law, Brent Dickson; granddaughters, Sabrina Jardine and Brooklynn Dickson; great grandson, Hudson Jardine; his brother, Richard and sister-in-law, Bernadette Francos; and his mother-in-law, Evelyn Lovrod.
He was predeceased by his mother Helen (Rosen); father, Leo Francos; and father-in-law, Ole M. Lovrod.
Robert was born in Brooklyn Doctor's Hospital in Brooklyn, NY on May 10, 1955. He attended P.S. 128, then Lafayette High School, both in Brooklyn. He completed his undergraduate education at Kingsborough College in Brooklyn and then Queen’s College. Robert was Editor in Chief of both college newspapers. He completed a Master’s degree in Media Ecology at NYU in Manhattan, worked for several years in the publishing industry, then rounded out his NYC career with 13 years at McKinsey & Co, followed by 2 years at PR Newswire, before moving to Canada, where he ran the Learning Lab at the YWCA in Saskatoon until he retired.
Robert was a writer, photographer, music and film critic, a bonified media ecologist who had a penchant for bringing like-minded people into thoughtful conversation, with a good measure of humor thrown in. In Canada, much to the surprise of his NYC crew, he became a gardener and wanderer of the plains and Northern regions.
Robert was gregarious, generous, kind, smart, and enjoyed life. He was always there for friends and family who were also always there for him. Donations in his memory can be made to the YWCA in Saskatoon, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, or one can plant a tree in Israel in Robert’s name.
Here is the link to Holylandtree.com, where people can go to plant trees in Israel.