Obituary of Robert BOISSONNEAULT (2021) – Toronto Star

BOISSONNEAULT, The Honorable Judge Robert Paul The Honorable Judge Robert Paul Boissonneault passed away peacefully on November 22, 2021 in his favorite chair as he neared the end of his 80s. Survived by his partner Janie MacLachlan, his indomitable spirit lives on in his children: Michele (Ilangko) Jocelyne (Benjamin) and Paul (Tammy) and their mother Nora Brookfield. Grandpa Bob loved and was loved by his grandchildren: Max, Matthew, Annie, Meredith, Sadie and Ruby. Born in Rouyn, Quebec, brother of Carol Steele and son of Roger Boissonneault and Anita Boissonneault (née Duval), he spent his childhood in Cobalt, Ontario. Having lost his father in WWII, Bob relied on the love and support of his mother, sister, Mamere and Pepere Duval, and extended family, including his surviving aunts Yolande Tresidder and Florence Duval. Judging by the stories he shared, it was a truly remarkable childhood filled with (mis) adventures and experiences that he drew on all his life. One example involved sticks of dynamite released from a cobalt mine that were used to “fish” in a nearby lake. Perhaps it was from these early interactions with local police that Bob derived his healthy skepticism about police search and seizure powers. Bob was accepted to Osgoode Hall Law School and worked two jobs to support himself. After graduating in 1967, he embarked on a distinguished legal career in Kirkland Lake. After a few years of practice, Bob became frustrated with clients of his insurance company who did not follow his legal advice to treat complainants fairly. It didn’t take long for Bob to pack all the files. He quickly took legal action against the same insurance companies. Bob has successfully advocated for clients in the Kirkland Lake community – a town in which he was deeply involved. While in Kirkland Lake, Bob served as president of the Kirkland Lake Law Association, president of the Temiskaming Liberal Association, and served on the local school board. When Bob was not working or serving his community, he enjoyed playing the Reel Dash slowball team’s first baseman and spending time in Crystal Lake with his family and friends. After a distinguished career in private practice, Bob was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 1988. He has spent over 25 years delivering “cobalt justice” (as he called it) in Cochrane, Haileybury. and throughout the province. Justice Boissonneault was of integrity and his sense of justice and fairness guided his decisions. As a voracious reader and crossword enthusiast, Bob often sat in a chair on the beach at Gillies Lake, book in hand. He was willing and able to speak with anyone, often in colorful French or English, about the issues of the day. He regularly accommodated his children and grandchildren at the chalet during the summer months. Grandpa Bob loved to spoil his grandchildren and was well known for giving every grandchild $ 20 bills to spend at the Cobalt flea market. Bob has shown quiet generosity and provided advice and mentorship to his family and many others. Bob was a dedicated, willing and supportive presence in our lives and he will be sorely missed. A private family service will take place. Donations in memory of the Honorable Justice Robert Paul Boissonneault can be made to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division of CAMH. Condolences and contributions can be placed on

Posted by the Toronto Star on November 27, 2021.

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