Pictou Advocate, 26th March, 1956

Rod MacK. Robley

Pictured here with his wife, Eva Watters (Robley).

The death of Rod Robley, a well-known and highly regarded citizen of Durham, occurred early Tuesday morning, March 20, at the Aberdeen Hospital New Glasgow, after a brief illness. He appeared to be in his usual good health until recently, when an operation was found necessary and from which he failed to fully recover. Born in Lyons Brook on June 28th 1894, a son of the late Isaac and Katherine (MacKenzie) Robley, he was in his 62nd year. Of a jovial, friendly nature, he had many friends who will regret his passing.

He spent most of his life at Durham, where he was a well-known farmer and for the past several years was also employed with the Department of Highways.

A devoted husband and father, he leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, the former Eva Watters of Green Hill, three daughters and three sons, Olive, Mrs Borden Douglas, Sydney River; Evelyn Mrs. Murdock Campbell, Pictou; Elva, Mrs. Harold Smith, Pictou; John and Waldo, Hamilton, Ont., and Harold, at home. One brother Harold, Watertown, Mass., and two sisters, Ella, Mrs. Axel Olson, West Roxbury, Mass., and Annabel, Mrs. Archie Parlee, also survive. One brother, John, and two sisters, Hannah and Mabel predeceased him.

The funeral was held on Friday afternoon, March 23rd, from Durham Presbyterian Church, of which he was a faithful member, and was largely attended. The service was conducted by Rev. George B. Cunningham of Bethel Church, Scotsburn, assisted by Rev. W.L. Young of First Presbyterian Church, Pictou. The choir led in the singing of "The Lordís My Shepherd" and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus". Pall bearers were Stewart MacLean, Fraser Sutherland, Elmer Patterson, Walter MacDonald, Cliff MacLellan and James Maxwell. Interment was at Durham cemetery. The floral tributes were many, and beautiful and showed the high esteem in which he was held.


Rod M. Robley Laid to Rest at Durham

PICTOU-The funeral of the late Rod McK, Robley, a well-known and highly regarded citizen of Durham, was held March 23 from the Durham Presbyterian Church and was largely attended. The service was conducted by Rev. George B. Cunningham of Bethel Church, Scotsburn, assisted by Rev. W.L. Young of First Presbyterian Church, Pictou. The choir led in singing "The Lord's My Shepherd" and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus".

Pallbearers were Stewart MacLean, Fraser Sutherland, Elmer Patterson, Walter MacDonald, Cliff MacLellan and James Maxwell. There were many floral tributes. Interment was in Durham Cemetery.

His death occurred early Tuesday morning at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow after a brief illness. He had appeared to be in his usual good health until recently when an operation was found necessary and from which he failed to recover. Of a jovial and friendly nature, he had many friends.