Deaths | Décès

Deaths | Décès

3193 Dr. Robert Bidwell – (Class of 1954)

BIDWELL Dr. Robert Edward Bidwell, MD, died peacefully in his home on the afternoon of February 21, 2017. He was with friends and family, and the beloved family Newfoundland, Tess, when he passed. Robert was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1932, to mother, Mary Grafton and his father, Rear Admiral Roger Edward Shelton Bidwell of the Royal Canadian Navy. Robert Bidwell embodied the definition of a good man. He was faithful, honest, hard working and devoted to his family. Despite a life of physical disability, he always managed to not only find the positive in life, but also managed to lend that positive spirit to all who met him. It was community, friends, family and love that mattered to Robert most, not possessions. After serving honorably in the Royal Canadian Navy himself, he immigrated to the United States in 1958 and soon chose his lifelong career path as a doctor of psychiatric medicine at St. Luke’s and Charter Hospitals in Kansas City. Upon retiring, Robert spent his final years at the place he loved most, his home, Martingrove Farm in Shawnee, Kan., where he was surrounded by his favorite pets, Newfoundland dogs, which have been an ever present source of joy in the Bidwell household since the 1980’s. Robert is survived by his devoted wife, Suzanne Bidwell. He is also survived by sister, Gillian Rose, brother, Roger Grafton Bidwell, as well as sons, Christopher, Andrew, Jonathan, his daughter, Molly and grandson, Eliot. The family is respectfully requesting no gifts or flowers. Over his life, Robert was a generous donor to the following organizations: The Mayo Clinic, St. Luke’s Hospital, The Newfoundland Club of America Health Challenge and The Heart of America Newfoundland Club Rescue. Any contributions to these organizations made in honor of his memory would be appreciated. A private memorial gathering will be held for Robert at his home. Online condolences at The Amos Family Funeral Home, Crematory, Chapels. 913-631-5566

Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 23, 2017


Dr André Lachaine, professor (ret’d), dept of Physics, RMC

LACHAINE, André 1945 – 2017 Passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 30 at his home. Beloved husband of 48 years to Carole (Mayer) Lachaine. Loving father to his three sons: Martin (Resi), Alexis (Joanne) and Pierre-André (Liz). Adoring grandfather to Adélie, Évangéline and Nève. Survived by his brother Raymond and sister Constance. Pre-deceased by his brothers Maurice and Gilbert. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all who knew him. The family extends sincere gratitude to Dr. Tomiak and the medical team at the Cancer Centre, as well as his palliative care team for their kindness and compassion, allowing him to be cared for in his own home. Arrangements for cremation under the care of James Reid Crematorium. André’s family will celebrate his life in the RECEPTION CENTRE of the JAMES REID FUNERAL HOME, 1900 John Counter Boulevard, Kingston on Sunday, April 9, 2017 between the hours of 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm., with Words of Remembrance at 1:30 pm. (Please enter Reception Centre from the rear parking lot). As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to U.H.K.F. (Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario).


  • Robert Charette

    April 11, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Christine se joint à moi pour t’offrir à toi et toute la famille nos plus sincères condoléances. Tout comme vous, nous gardons d’excellents souvenirs d’andré. Je me rappelle, entre autres, nos fameuses rencontres autour d’une table de billard avec Gerry Séguin et Charles Maingon. Et que dire de ses performances sur les planches soit comme comédien, soit comme musicien. Il adorait la musique et de façon particulière la musique cajun. Cétait, comme on dit, un bon vivant!!! On pense à vous. Bon courage.
    Christine et Robert Charette