Kildare Dobbs

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Kildare Robert Eric Dobbs, CM OOnt (10 October 1923 – 1 April 2013[1]) was a Canadian short story and travel writer.

Born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India, he was educated in Ireland and later spent 5 years in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. After the war he worked in the British Colonial Service in Tanganyika. Dobbs came to Canada in 1952 and became a teacher, editor for Macmillan of Canada, managing editor of Saturday Night, and book editor of The Toronto Star Weekly.[2]

In 2000, he was awarded the Order of Ontario. Dobbs lived in Toronto with his wife, Linda Kooluris Dobbs, a noted portrait artist, painter and photographer. In 2013, shortly before his death at age 89 following a period of ill health, Dobbs received the Order of Canada by the Right Honourable David Johnston, at his home in Toronto.[3] He was cremated and his remains interred in the family grave in St Mary's (Church of Ireland) churchyard in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, Ireland.



  1. ^ "Writer Kildare Dobbs dead at 89". National Post. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Martin, Sandra (6 April 2013). "A sharp, satiric observer of human frailty", The Globe and Mail, p. S12.
  3. ^ Dobbs received Order of Canada
  • W. H. New, ed. Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.