(May 25, 1962 – May 12, 2014)
After years of battling complications from Strep Toxic Shock Syndrome, Rob passed over and found peace at his home in Midland, Michigan. Loving husband, soul mate and best friend to Bonnie McKay Harmer; devoted, proud and deeply caring dad to Lance (18) and Kaely (16). Our family was so close because Rob was our anchor, our strength and our moral guide. Rob will also be missed by his parents, Bob and Connie Harmer (Fullarton, ON), siblings Dan and Debbie and grandmother Muriel Rumpel. Rob was proud of his farm roots, where he developed his hard work ethic. He spent many hours on cultivators, fixing machinery and working on cars in his father?ÇÖs shop. He will also be profoundly missed by in-laws Jack and Marj McKay (Sarnia, ON), and brother-in-law Scott McKay and his wife Theresa (Lakeport, MI). For the McKay family, the ?Çÿin-law?ÇÖ label does not really fit: Rob became blood – a full son who more than filled the void left behind when Bonnie?ÇÖs sister Laurie died tragically in 1993. Rob was an employee of Dow Corning from 1997 until his passing. Rob?ÇÖs creative and mechanical genius was remarkable. He had a passion for trouble-shooting and inventing solutions. He earned multiple patents while working at ESSO (Exxon) Sarnia and at DCC. But it is Rob?ÇÖs inner strength, intelligence, humility and kindness will be missed by all who knew him. Beyond providing Bonnie with endless support and unconditional love and acceptance, Rob was an incredible dad, better than words can ever convey. Kaely and Rob shared so much in common ?Çô their wit and humor, their gentle, kind nature and their acceptance of people for who they are. They spent so many hours together: Rob proudly watching and admiring Kaely?ÇÖs curling, creatively planning and building their inventions together or watching sci-fi. We will always hear Rob and Kaely laughing together, seeing their beautiful blue eyes sparkling in a bond that nothing can separate – Kaely will always be daddy?ÇÖs girl. Lance shares Rob?ÇÖs charm, his incredible intelligence, his compassion for others and his profound, humble desire to make a difference in the world. Rob helped to shape Lance into an amazing person, someone who Rob felt in awe of. Rob bought Lance his first guitar and set him on the path to writing songs, hoping it would help Lance share and release the deep emotions that Rob had sometimes struggled to put into words. Lance?ÇÖs gift as a singer-songwriter brought Rob so much pride and comfort right to the end.A Celebration of Life will take place at the Midland Country Club to coincide with what would have been Bonnie and Rob?ÇÖs 20th Wedding Anniversary on Tues. May 27th from 5-8pm. No flowers please. Donations to Lance and Kaely Harmer (which will be used exclusively as college funds) will be appreciated and can be sent to Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, Midland MI 48640.