I used to live in a small community in Southern Ontario called Angus. For the most part it is a bedroom community for Canadian Forces Base Borden. Many people come and go but there are some diehards that stay and work at making Angus more of a community than a place to camp out while you are stationed at CFB Borden.
Angus has bred many unique characters one of which was Bob Houghton, Bob was a Scout leader for many years and I was lucky enough to work with him as the Liaison officer from the Angus Lions Club to the Angus Scouts. Bob like many Scout leaders became an unofficial foster parent for many youth. He and his wife took in many teens over the years when they had nowhere else to turn. Like many Scouters the Houghton’s took on the role with both physical and mental stamina. As a Scouter you are a more than a role model you are a part of the lives of the youth you work with, they often become part of your extended family, and in Bob’s case immediate family.
Unfortunately being away from Angus for about 10 years I only get the occasional news from back home, and the news of Bob’s death came to me rather late.
ROBERT ALLAN HOUGHTON (December 27, 2007)
Robert Houghton of Angus, passed away peacefully at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Wednesday December 26, 2007 in his 62nd year.
Beloved Husband of Madeline..
Loving Father of Allan(Jennifer)and Suzanne(Eric)all of Angus.
As well as many others whom he opened his door to over the years.
Cherished Grandfather of Cailey, Cassidy, Julia, Jakob, Graysen, Hunter and Riley.
Dear Brother of Edith Barriault(Joseph), Barbara Willis(Don) and Joan Curtis(Gary).
Predeceased by his Parents Helen and Allan Houghton, and one brother William.
Bob will be sadly missed by his many relatives and friends.