Robert Lansdale 1931 – 2021

Bob Lansdale from 1997 book …a funny thing happened on the way to the darkroom!

Toronto. Please note the funeral is tomorrow, Sunday the 25th. For those who can not attend, it will be available via live stream at:
Password: Arbor2020

The following obituary is courtesy of son Robert:
It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Bob (Robert) Lansdale at Mississauga Trillium Hospital on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at the age of 90.

Beloved husband of Margaret for 45 years (predeceased May 2007). Loving father of Robert and John (wife LeeAnne). Cherished grandfather of Christopher, Andrew, Matthew, Vanessa and Cameron Lansdale. Predeceased by his parents William Rodney (Rod) and Constance Mary (Connie) Lansdale, also predeceased by his sister Deidee (Sheldon) Lansdale. Bob will be lovingly remembered by his sister Phillis (Philly) Evans. He will be greatly missed by many other relatives and friends. Memories of him will last in our hearts forever.

If so desired, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated in Bob’s memory.

A private visitation will take place on Sunday, July 25, from 2-3 p.m. followed by a private funeral service at Glendale Funeral Home (1810 Albion Rd., Etobicoke, M9W 5T1 – N.W corner of Hwy. 27 and Albion Rd). Please be aware of the reduced one lane traffic on Hwy 27 between Humber College Blvd. and above Finch Ave. which could add 20 mins of additional drive time. You may want to take Hwy 427 or Martin Grove Rd rather than Hwy 27.

For those who wish to join the funeral service via live stream, please use the following link and password on Sunday, July 25 at 3:00 p.m. Password: Arbor2020

Please leave a condolence message in the Guest book.

Thank you for your love and support during this difficult time.

Bob’s son Robert also wrote this abbreviated biography:

Bob Lansdale was well known by family, friends and associates for the outright unselfish generosity of his time, patience and interest to help others. For his children and grandchildren he taught them how to “get their hands dirty with power tools and paint brushes” from an early age, leading many into careers of engineering and art. Since Jan 1997, Bob was the heavy weight editor of the ‘Photographic Canadiana Journal’ of the Photo Historical Society of Canada (, which consumed ALL hours of his retirement, right up to his last days of life – he lived to surpass 100 published issues of his beloved journal.

Bob was a well known, passionate & artistic professional photographer and photo-journalist (MPA HLM). Introduced to photography by Jack Marshall (by the sheer fluke of winning a high school contest), Bob went to Ryerson (1950) and got his first job at Federal News Photo in 1953 where his photos would appear in the Telegram, Toronto Star & Star Weekly; his work would take him on travels and adventures around the country and the world. Bob met his wife Marg at FedNews. He was particularly proud of his photos of the Marilyn Bell swims of 1954 and 1955, and the Queen’s visits to Canada in the 1950s. He often risked his life and limb to “get the photo”. 

In 1960 he started working directly for Jack Marshall Photography (after he and Jack had taken over ~2mil photos for the Toronto Star & Star Weekly) then started his own business along with his wife Margaret in 1969 (Robert Lansdale Photography). Bob focused on commercial/industrial photography and was able to spend much time with his family over the following 30 years until retirement in 1993. In 1968 he became president of CAPPAC (PPOC/PPO); he became their chief archivist which itself lead Bob directly to his new interest in photo-history and then his eventual involvement with the PHSC. Bob and Marg spent 10 years writing and producing a book of stories & anecdotes from well known photographers, which got published in 1997; that experience lead him to taking over the role as editor of the ‘Photographic Canadiana’ journal which would go on to define his next 24 year of retirement. 

His legacy will live on through the “Robert Lansdale Photography” archive at the University of Toronto and through the extensive curation of his life’s work via his son Robert.

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