Dyzart began his career in the funeral profession as an apprentice with Phippen & Simpson Funeral Home of Sarnia. He purchased the company in 1924 and operated it under the name of D. J. Robb Funeral Home and Ambulance Service for the next 33 years. He died in September of 1957 while working at his desk. He left his two sons a legacy of valued service and a standard of excellence that is still maintained today.
Robert J. Robb
President – 1957 – 1995
After graduation from the Canadian School of Embalming in 1945, Bob joined his father and began his career in funeral service. He worked as a funeral director/embalmer as well as ambulance attendant. He was joined by his older brother Jack in 1947. Jack and Bob worked under their father Dyzart until his death in 1957. After Jack’s death in 1979, Bob became the sole owner of the D. J. Robb Funeral Home. In 1980, a year following Jack’s death, Bob felt it was time to begin the process of entering into a partnership agreement with his sons Jim (Treasurer) and Bill (Vice-President). Both had been licensed and working with the firm for several years. They began the purchase of shares, becoming partners in the company. Bob suffered a severe stroke in 1982 that forced him into early retirement but was proud to see that the company would continue for yet one more generation. The traditions and values would continue, always striving to do better and improve upon existing services and developing new ones to meet the changing needs of families today.
John D. Robb
Vice President – 1957 – 1979
Jack began his career in 1947 after serving overseas during WWII with the Royal Canadian Army in 1947. He became a partner with his brother Bob after their father’s death in 1957. Now under the name of D. J. Robb & Sons Funeral Home, sons Bob and Jack had worked for their father. They took over ownership of the firm after their father’s death in 1957. A decision was made to discontinue the ambulance service in 1958 when the Sarnia General Hospital began to operate its own service. Bob and Jack promptly donated all of their equipment, including a newer model Superior Cadillac ambulance to the local St. John's Ambulance organization. The firm continued to grow under their watch for many years. Jack passed away in 1979.
James R. Robb
Funeral Director-Class 1 / President and Managing Director
Jim began working at the funeral home in 1969, working summers and weekends washing cars, delivering flowers, cleaning and assisting the funeral directors with numerous other chores and tasks. He received his degree in Funeral Services from Humber College and his Funeral Directors license from the Ontario Board of Funeral Services in 1977. He served as the Treasurer of the company until his buyout of shares in 2012. He is now the President of the company now operating as the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd., as well as the Managing Director. Under his direction an expansion project in 1988 saw the addition of a new 250 seat funeral chapel along with new offices, casket and urn display areas and garage space. This made the funeral home only one in Lambton County with its own funeral chapel designed specifically for funeral and celebration of life services.