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Robert O’Dwyer Passes

Published: August 21, 2018 2:58 pm ET

Last Comment: September 3, 2018 11:19 pm ET | 10 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Trot Insider has learned that longtime Standardbred owner/trainer/driver Robert O'Dwyer, 77, passed away at the Ottawa General Hospital with his family by his side last Thursday (Aug. 16).

A service will be held at Saint-Paul's Church (26 Eardley Road in Aylmer, Quebec) on Thursday, August 30 at 11:00 a.m. The family will be there at 10:00 a.m. to receive condolences.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Ottawa General Hospital.

O’Dwyer racked up solid numbers over the course of his career, as he recorded more than 2,800 wins in the race bike and retired with a UDR of .311. On the training side of things, O’Dwyer conditioned his starters to 700 wins and retired with a UTR of .546.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the leukemia and lymphoma society of Canada.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Robert O’Dwyer.

September 3, 2018 - 11:19 pmTo Rick and Pat and the rest

John Demeule SAID...

To Rick and Pat and the rest of the O'Dwyer family... I go way back with Rick and Pat, and Mr O'Dwyer was always my favorite driver. Lewmar always sticks in my head. My condolences to the family.

August 30, 2018 - 1:35 pmMes sympathies a toutes la

Mes sympathies a toutes la famille, Mr. O'Dwyer, ce fut un honneur de vous connaitre et de vous avoir courtoyé.

Bon repos Bob!

Marquis Filion (Gilles's son)

August 25, 2018 - 11:48 amCondolences to the O'Dwyer

Condolences to the O'Dwyer family. Bob was a terrific horseman. He will be in our thoughts and prayers.

August 23, 2018 - 1:19 pmVery sorry to hear of

Very sorry to hear of Robert's passing Ernie.

Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family, and those of the NCRHHA Board and members throughout our racing community. A donation has been made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society of Canada in Robert's memory.

May he rest in peace.
Gordon McDonald
President, NCRHHA

August 22, 2018 - 7:48 pmI raced with Bob back in the

I raced with Bob back in the '70s. He was a gentleman and a great horseman. R.I.P.

August 22, 2018 - 11:08 amSincerest condolences to the

John Findley SAID...

Sincerest condolences to the family, Mary Jane & John Findley.

August 22, 2018 - 11:07 amTo The O'Dwyer Family, My


To The O'Dwyer Family,

My deepest condolences to the O'Dwyer family, I will always remember Bob as a great guy, talented horseman with a great sense of humour. Tons of laughs.

Glen Hobin & Family.

August 22, 2018 - 8:25 amVery sad to hear the passing

Very sad to hear the passing of a truly kind and wonderful person, Mr BOB O'DWYER, WHO WOULD BEND OVER BACKWARDS TO HELP SOMEONE.My condolences to Ernie, Donny and the rest of the O'DWYER family for their lose. R.I.P. my friend.

August 27, 2018 - 10:19 pmBob O'Dwyer was a great

Bob O'Dwyer was a great horseman. He was a big man to be a driver yet he had a definite presence anytime he lined up behind the starting gate . He was a superb driver /trainer , very competitive and very focused on winning any race in which he was driving .Bob could have been a success story any place he took his talent but he preferred to stay close to home at Connaught Park and Rideau Carleton . We were fortunate to have witnessed a first class horseman in action . Most sincere condolences to his lovely spouse Claudette and his sons Rick ,Pat and Ernie .

August 21, 2018 - 7:44 pmErnie & Family, Please

Ernie & Family,

Please accept sincere condolences on the loss of Robert. He will be remembered as a proud father, a wealth of knowledge and a talent in a race bike. May fond memories carry you through this difficult time.

Howard & Lynda Portelance

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