TORONTO, July 14, 2013. We learned today that Robert W Gutteridge passed away last Friday at the Scarborough General Hospital. Bob joined the PHSC in 1997 and was our resident authority on optical toys and early cinema in Canada. He was a speaker on occasion at the Toronto meetings. He was a regular participant at the spring and fall fairs, often joining Francois LeMai of Montreal, another early cinema enthusiast. Bob published “Magic Moments, First 20 years of moving pictures in Toronto” in 2000 in collaboration with Gerald Pratley of Ryerson University. At his death from cancer, he was preparing additional books for publication by the PHSC Press.
David Angelakis of Oshawa will be looking after the affairs of Mr Gutteridge. David communicated to me that “Bob’s viewing will be held between 7-9pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Town Funeral Chapel, 110 Dundas Street East, Whitby, ON L1H 2H7 (phone# 1-905-668-3410).”
The link to the funeral home’s book of memories is http://newediukfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/1632069/Gutteridge-Robert/index.php. The website gives directions as well (under service details). The funeral will be held at the same place (Town Funeral Chapel) at 2pm on Friday, July 19th, 2013 with cremation to follow at Groveside Cemetery, 5155 Baldwin Street, Brooklin, Whitby, ON L0B 1C0 (phone 1-905-655-3493). David will be placing notifications in the newspaper, but he would appreciate photographs of Mr Gutteridge to be included in the photo-memorial which will be on display Tuesday evening.
In the foreword to Magic Moments, Mr Prately introduces Bob as “… a devoted movie buff, collector of early moving picture apparatus, and a scholar and historian over the years…“. He will be missed by all of us in the PHSC, especially for his broad and in depth knowledge of cinema and optical toys which he generously shared with everyone.