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Robert-Ralph (Bob) Carmichael: 1937-2016

Carmichael, whose loon image adorns one side of the Canadian one dollar coin, was 79 years old
CARMICHAEL John Robert 900

SooToday received the following announcement today from the Arthur Funeral Home and Cremation Centre regarding nationally-recognized artist Robert-Ralph Carmichael.

Carmichael, a resident of Sylvan Valley in Echo Bay, designed the loon image which appears on Canada’s one dollar coin, first issued in 1987.

His work can be found in a number of national collections, including those of the Art Gallery of Algoma (Sault Ste. Marie), Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), The University of Calgary, the Government of Ontario (Queen’s Park, Toronto), and the Alberta Arts Foundation (Edmonton).

CARMICHAEL, Robert-Ralph (Bob)

Passed away peacefully at Algoma Residential Community Hospice (ARCH) on Saturday, July 16, 2016 in his 79th year.

Husband of Gwen Keatley.

Son of the late Robert and Lila Carmichael. Brother of Andy (Lorraine), and Dan (Judy).

Brother-in-law of Wayne Keatley (Arlene), and Glen Keatley (Janice).

Bob will be missed by many nieces and nephews.

As per Bob’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service held.

Memorial contributions to ARCH would be gratefully appreciated by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Arthur Funeral Home and Cremation Centre (492 Wellington St. East, Sault Ste. Marie, 705-759-2522).

Expressions of sympathy may be made at


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