(July 28/17) It is with deep sadness that Restaurants Canada and the foodservice industry say goodbye to Robert McKelvie, a passionate restaurateur and dynamic mentor and leader. Robert passed away on July 12, 2017.
Born and raised in Ontario, Robert moved to Halifax as a teenager to play football at Dalhousie University. He started his career with the federal government, but soon switched gears to follow his passion for food and wine. Robert moved to Montreal, where he spent two years learning the restaurant trade at the renowned William Tell restaurant, before returning to Nova Scotia in 1979.
Robert and his business partner made their mark on Halifax’s restaurant scene, opening McKelvie’s in 1982 and Salty’s in 1990. Specializing in fresh Nova Scotian seafood, these restaurants became destinations for locals and tourists alike.
Robert also sat on the Board of Directors for Restaurants Canada (then CRFA) between 1996 and 2013, where he tirelessly promoted issues of importance to our industry. As Chair of the Board in 2006, he took great pride in highlighting the important role the restaurant industry plays in job creation, economic development, tourism and community.
Robert will be remembered for his passion and commitment to the restaurant industry, the mentoring of youth and the betterment of his community. Robert will be deeply missed by his loving wife Margie, and his two children Emma and Sean.