Robert Dulong

A photo of Robert Dulong



It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Robert Clair Dulong.  He passed peacefully, in his 82nd year, on Sunday, March 28th, 2021.  Born in Chatham, Ontario on July 3rd, 1939.  Son of the late Clair and Emma (Thurston) Dulong.
For almost 60 years he was the loving husband to Joan (Spellman) Dulong.  He was a proud and supportive father to Delynne (Tim) Clark, Michelle (John) Cummings, and Bob (Andrea) Dulong.
He was an amazing grandfather to Josselynne (Jason) Segeren, Jennifer Clark (David Dowker), Scott Cummings, Joel Cummings, Tyler Dulong (Taylor Manaigre), Trevor Dulong (Courtney Gordon), Claire Dulong.
He loved playing and spending time with his great-grandchildren.  They held a special place in his life; he was “Pa” to Emma Segeren, Nathan Guy, Nicholas Guy.  Pre-deceased by great granddaughter Sydney Guy.
Bob will be missed by his only sister Charlene (Paul) Germuska and her family.  Also missed by sisters-in-law Carolyn (Don) Fedy, Helen Hamblin, Connie Birmingham and their families.
Bob became a teacher and then a principal with the Catholic School Board for 36 years.  He spent most of his career at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Blenheim, eventually retiring from St. Michael’s Catholic School in Ridgetown.  After retiring at 55, Bob and Joan travelled the world, enjoying many new adventures.  He also took up a hobby collecting antique bottles and jars.  Along with this came many new acquaintances.
As his grandchildren grew, he instilled in them the importance of education.  He was always there supporting them and never missing a milestone.  His time with his great-grandchildren was cherished.
Bob spent many years giving back to our community.  He made so many lives brighter!
Always on our minds, forever in our hearts!
A private family funeral will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Due to internet issues at the church, the funeral will be taped and available to be viewed Tuesday, April 6 on the Blenheim Community Funeral Home website.
Click here to watch the funeral:

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or to the London Health Sciences Centre in support of the London Regional Cancer Centre.


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What a great man and a wonderful principal. Condolences to the family

Our deepest condolences at this time. Mr. Dulong was a great man - such kindness and generosity! He will be missed by many.

To the Dulong family, my deepest condolences . Even after the decades since I attended St. Mary's with Delynne, I still can remember specific interactions with Mr. Dulong. He no doubt touched countless lives over the years.

My sincere condolence to the Family and their loss. To Tim and Delynne. My prayers and thoughts are wth you and your lovely Family

Delynn Tim and family, Scotty to hear of your Dad’s passing. Didn’t know him but Tim always spoke highly of him. Cam and I will keep you in our prayers during this difficult time. Pete and Cam Cadotte

My heart broke today when I seen this. My condolences to the entire family. He was such a great man and I will remember him with the fondest of memories.

My deepest sympathies to the Dulong family He was a great man, "always enjoyed our conversations"

Joan, Delynne, Michelle and Bob, we are so sad to learn of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We have lived some 50 years as neighbours and have many fond memories of Bob and Joan and family. His kindness and cheery smile will always be remembered. Bob tended his gardens and lawn and always kept them immaculate. Bob loved his children and great grandchildren and was proud of their achievements. Bob was a great community minded man and will be missed by all. God bless him and may he Rest In Peace. Sincerely, Gord and Liz Kirk.

Joan and Family The Moynihan family remembers Bob with great fondness. So many Rondeau memories at the Cottage and all the family weddings. Rest in Peace Bob. ❤️

Joan, Delynne, Michelle and Bobby (sorry - tha's the only name I've ever known for you) - Your Husband/Dad was such an amazing person. My sincerest condelances in his passing. It's been years since I've seen the 3 of you but saw your Mom and Dad I think it was last year at Christmas in Muskoka. Your Dad had to ask who I was, (and with that smile) but that was ok, its been such a long time too since we spoke as well. Looks like you all have beautiful famillies....I was trying to put together whose kids were whose. Hugs to you all.

Our condolences to Joan and the family. He always had a smile and said hello whenever we saw him. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. Rest In Peace.

My condolences to you all. Mr Dulong was always kind and a familiar face in the arena and church. Sincerely Janice

Our sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

He was my church friend that I was excited to see him every week. He was nice to me and gave me a car for Christmas.

My sympathy to the entire Dulong family. Mr Dulong was my principal at St.Michael’s school and I fondly remember him as a caring and compassionate educator. He made a lasting impact on my life as he was at our school when my mother took ill and died when I was in grade 7. I am sure during his distinguished career he was a mentor and important influencer in many children’s lives. May you all be surrounded by light and love.

My condolences to Bob's friends and family. I knew Bob through the antique bottle collecting community. He was a friend to all in the hobby. Bob shall be missed. The good memories of him will warm out hearts.

I met Bob too late in life. He was passionate about his jars and his collection, but through conversation I could tell he was more passionate about his family. Although I am not the picker Bob was, we both shared many of the same passions in life - jars and antiques, and teaching. He parted with one special piece from his collection on my first visit with him, and I’ll always remember him by it. He knew it was special to me because it’s from my hometown of Kingsville. Although I didn’t know Bob well, he treated me like we had known each other for years and were great friends. He constantly brought up things his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids were doing that made him proud. He was a true family man and loved his family deeply. My condolences to the entire family - how lucky were you to have been part of a family with Bob as the patriarch!

Our deepest condolences to Joan, Bob, Andrea, Tyler, Trevor, Claire and the whole Dulong Family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May beautiful memories soften your grief and keep his spirit alive in your heart. The Amaral Family

So saddened to learn of your loss Joan and family. Sending heartfelt condolences.

Dear Joan and family Please accept my deepest sympathies in the loss of your husband, father and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Joyce Morrison

Condolences to the family. Spent many hours with Bob chatting at the Historical Society. Will be missed. George and Nancy Foulis

Sorry for your loss. While working in your home I enjoyed my conversations with him.

Joan and family our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time Art and Pat Wardle (Phillips).

My deepest sympathy to Bob's family. He was my first principal when I started teaching and he was always a kind and supportive mentor. He will be missed.

Joan, Delynne, Shelley and Bobby. I am sending my heartfelt condolences to the family. I have such great memories of Bob as our nextdoor neighbour. I just wanted to let you know he was so proud of each and everyone of you and your accomplishments. The things that he did to show he cared. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Our sincere condolences to Joan, Delynne, Michelle, Bob and their families on the passing of a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We both enjoyed our time both professionally and personally with the family. Your memories of Bob will help in this time of sadness and in the future. Our prayers are with you in your journey.

Our condolences to the Dulong family on the passing of Bob. We have many fond memories of Mr. Dulong and the entire family!! Hoping all of your wonderful memories will help you through this difficult time!

Our condolences to the Dulong family on the passing of Bob. We have many fond memories of Mr. Dulong and the entire family!! Hoping all of your wonderful memories will help you through this difficult time!

I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Mr. Dulong's passing. I had the opportunity to get to know him through helping him price out some comic books he owned over several years. When invited over we always had a great chat and he always talked about family. I could tell by his stories how proud he was of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I was so looking forward to visiting once again after the pandemic ran its course and seeing him at the many shows he traveled to. My condolences to Mrs. Dulong and his family. Sincerely, David Stepniak

Joan, Delynne, Michelle, Bob and families. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in all of your families. I have many conversations and stories about Bob. I can only say this from the bottom of my heart. Bob Dulong was an honest wise gentle man's gentlemen. You are always in all of our hearts. Brian Cleave

Joan, Charlene, family. My Mom Irene mentioned this very sad news and I wanted you to know that Joan and I are thinking about all of you during these times. The terrible inability to gather to celebrate Bob’s life also makes this all worse, but we loved seeing so many of the pictures of him and the extended family with wonderful joy and love. I recall many of the Dulong family events from years ago and you both were also so kind to me, my sister, and my family - which is 3 adult children Joan and I have and two wonderful grandchildren from Taylor and his wife Sarah. Our prayers are with you and we wanted you to know we are thinking about you all. DAVE & JOAN COLE

Joan and family....we are very sorry to learn of Bob's passing. He always had a smile and a cheery 'hello' for everyone. He will be missed by many. Roger & Nancy

My Condolences to Joan and the rest of the family. Bob was a very nice man . He will be missed by all.

Dear Joan and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to loose a loved one . You will always treasure the beautiful photos of him with you and your family. I was a Garrod neighbor across the street before I married Wayne. He passed away in 2019. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lynn Clark (Garrod)

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Joan, Delynne, Michelle, Bob, and families, we are so very sad to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a very kind and cheerful man, and I have fond memories of growing up next door. You are in our thoughts. Dave and Laurie Harrison

Dear Joan and family- On behalf of Eva and I, we offer our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to you and your family. To say this was a surprise is an understatement as I just spoke with Bob this past Saturday before the family left for Church. Bob had a very strong faith in the Lord and just loved his family which he was never shy sharing about with me on the phone or during our visits. If it was one thing I really respected and appreciated about Bob, is that it was always family first, our Christian faith second and "Fruit jars" last......he had his priorities straight. Always appreciated Joan's friendliness also as she usually picked up the phone and chatted for a bit before handing the receiver over to Bob..... and really appreciated her gracefulness & kindness during my in house visits. After all, how many ladies would let their husbands drag a fellow Fruit Jar collector all over the house downstairs and upstairs into each room to see Bob's jars? A REAL TROOPER!!!! Once again, our sincere sympathies to all of you during this time as you not only have lost a loving husband, Father and Grandfather, but a great guy who impacted the many lives he crossed paths mine for 28 years. God Bless & take care - Stephen & Eva Wuerch....."To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord" 2 Corinthians 5:8.

So sorry to hear the passing of Bob i remember him being principle at St Ambrose school in chatham when my daughter Sarah attended there in 1981 he was a wonderful man prayers to the family Ambrose school in chatham when my daughter Sarah attended there in 1981 he was a wonderful man prayers to the family.

To the Dulong family my sincerest condolences. Bob was a great friend to my dad. That in turn mean that I had ample opportunity to spend with Bob . I remember wisdom, a huge sense of humour and insights that were unique to him and his experience. My dad would have said "he was quite a Bob". That's a good thing. I know he was loved. I am sorry for your loss.

My sincere condolences to Joan and the family during this difficult time. Always fond memories of Bob at St. Mary’s. He was a kind, thoughtful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Please except my sincere condolences to you all during this sad time. Bob was a Great Man and will be missed by all who knew him, Hugs

Our sincere sympathy to you, Joan, and to all the family.

I was just thinking about Mr. Dulong last week. He was an amazing principal and educator. Sincere condolences to Joan, Delynne, Michelle and Bob and their families. Take care. You have such beautiful memories.

It is sad that such a great man has passed. I have great memories of him as my teacher, then my associate teacher when student teaching and later as a supply teacher with him as principal. I will never forget him. My condolences go to all the family. You are in my prayers.

I have such fond memories of working with Bob & Delynne at the Cherry Growers Co-op in 1975. Such a wonderful man.

Joan, Delynne, Michelle, Bobby & families, my deepest condolences on hearing of Bob's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Carolyn Johnston (Horak)

Condolences to Joan and family! Bob was a kind and gentle man! So sorry for your loss.

Bob was not only my grade school principal but also my God Father. I remember a dedicated educator and family man and advocate for minor sports. Sending thoughts and prayers to Joan and the extended family.

Joan and family.. Don and I are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We remember so many fun times with you and Bob. Always a smile or/and a chuckle from him. Prayers and Blessings coming your way... Don and Anne Gammage

To Dulong family, my deepest condolences . Our thoughts are prayers are with you at this difficult time.

My condolences to Joan and the family. Bob was a good person who loved doing things for other people. God bless him for all he did.

Dear Joan, Heartfelt sympathies to you, Delynne, Michelle and Bob and their families. May you find comfort in all the beautiful memories you shared with Bob over the many years. With deepest sympathies, Vicky & Jody Lachine

Joan and family. My sincere sympathy to all. I had the pleasure to have Bob as my principal when I taught Grade 8 at St. Michaels in Ridgetown. I have so many wonderful memories of those times. Bob loved his family and his career. May you cherish all your special memories at this time. Blessings to all.

Joan, Delynne, Michelle and Bobby. My sincere condolences at this time. I will always remember how excited I was to find out Mr. Dulong was going to be my grade 5 teacher. My respect and admiration for Bob began then and has remained for the past 60 years. Wonderful memories of a kind, thoughtful man.

Dear Joan & family It's sad to see a close family as yours to lose someone so special. Bob's life was well lived and loved. Keep your memories close. Our sincere sympathy, Bonnie & David

Our deepest sympathy

Knew Bob from back in my teaching days, mostly because of his close association with Uly Bondy when Bob was in Blenheim and Mr. Bondy was at the old St Anthony's - excellent man so kind and thoughtful

Joan and family so sorry to hear of Bob s. Passing our thoughts and prayers for you all

Our deepest sympathy to Joan, Delynne and family. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Joan and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. I was one of the lucky ones that had him as a teacher and a principal in my life. Sending thoughts and prayers.

Joan and family, my thoughts and prayers on Bob's passing, I am thankful that I had the privilege of knowing him as a child and an adult, he was a wonderful person who will be sadly missed.....RIP Bob Barry

My condolence to all the family with the passing of a great man. My kids had a good principal when they where at St Mary’s school so many years ago.. God bless.

Dear Joan, Delynne, Michelle and Bob, David and I will always remember how welcoming and kind Bob was to us and our girls. We will miss seeing him at his garage sales. We send our love to you all.

My condolences

Joan and Family: So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you with sympathy, prayers and caring.

We are sorry to hear about the loss of Robert. You have our Deepest Sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

we are saddened at the loss of a wonderful, kind sorry for your loss

My deepest sympathy to the Dulong Family. Lots of memories of Mr Dulong at St Mary’s School. Always with a smile to greet you. Cherish the wonderful memories you have.

Our condolences to the Dulong family. Bob was a great man who enjoyed his family. I had the pleasure of working with Bob for several years. I smile when I think of him. Hugs 💙

We are so sorry to hear of Mr Dulongs passing , he was a wonderful principal & very caring person to all the children at St.Michaels school

Sorry for your loss. My condolences go out to you all. Sorry Duffy

To the entire Dulong family - Thinking of you all and sending heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. I will always remember Bob as the principal that joined us one recess and took his turn skiing down the hill at St Mary's. I seem to remember that he hit the fence, but got up laughing. He was so deeply respected that he was the one we wanted to have speak at our graduation, even though he hadn't been at the school for several years by then. Later in life, without fail, his greetings would include a hearty hello, a big smile, a quick hug, and a genuine check in to see how things were going. I hope that your memories, and those shared with you by all who knew Bob, give you comfort in the coming days. Much love!

Joan and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I fondly remember Bob when we went to Switzerland many moons ago. He was always very supportive and friendly.

Joan and family, May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace and comfort at this time. Cherish your precious memories. Thinking of you all.

Sending sincere condolences to all .. Bob will be misses... Peter

Sending our sincere condolences and heartfelt prayers to the whole family, especially Joan. Bob was a true gentleman and kind soul to all he met.. I will miss seeing him at the 5pm masses and when we would have short chats before church. Sending virtual hugs to all.

With deepest condolence to you Joan and your family ... Bob will be truly missed by many . We enjoyed talking and listening to Bob's stories of his grandchildren ... your trips .... We will be praying for you and your family .... Marg and Paul Garant

Thinking of you all. God’s peace.

Joan and family, please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of this wonderful man. I always enjoyed his stories when I waited on him at work. His smile was contagious. Rest In Peace Bob

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this time. May you find comfort in the many memories that you have.

Joan,Delynne,Michele and Bob and families our sincere condolences .We have many wonderful memories.He will always be in our hearts. Love Jacquie and Philip Johnson

My condolences to the Dulong family. Grew up beside the Dulongs and I will miss the " hello sweetie" when Bob was out working on his front lawn. 💖

Joan and famlly, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Bob, a good friend and minor hockey cohort, especially the PeeWee Hockey Tournament. May he Rest in Peace