Bob was born and raised in Hamilton where he has been employed as a steelworker, broadcaster, City councillor, Mayor, and now Member of Parliament. In his 45 year career in radio, Bob has had leading audience ratings in five different decades. He is a member of the Football Reporters of Canada Hall of Fame for play by play of the Tiger Cats and Argos for twenty seasons, never missing a game. He has received Queen’s Jubilee medals on two different occasions for service to his community. As a musician he has performed with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra as guest clarinet soloist and led his own folk band, the Balkan Strings.
As an avid runner he has competed in 18 marathons, including Boston, and 10 times in Hamilton’s historic 30k Around the Bay Road Race. He is recognized as one of Hamilton’s most knowledgeable historians, with an emphasis on his passion, railways. Among his accomplishments are the new GO station, new football stadium, the McMaster Downtown Health Campus, Veterans Place at Gore Park, unprecedented new growth and rising property values in Hamilton, and a significant decrease in the Ontario Works caseload over his four year term as Mayor. Bob and his wife Carol celebrate 50 years of marriage in 2016.
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