Robert (Bob) Edward Haymond Sr., 90, passed on April 24, 2013 in Cañon City, Colorado. Bob was born on November 18, 1922 in New Castle, Pennsylvania to Harry and Ethel (Gittings) Haymond. After graduation from Brentwood High School, he joined the Navy where his passion for flying was born. He earned his "wings" in September 1942 and served as Ensign on the carrier USS Lake Champlain during WW II. Just a mention of his beloved Corsair sent him on a journey of cherished memories that he shared with all he met. Bob married his high school sweetheart, Bette (Sankey) and, together with their 3 children (Buck, Bill and Barb), lived near Pittsburgh where he enjoyed building homes and selling steel for a living. Semi-retirement found him spending hours fishing on Lake Erie in the "Hot Toddy" (named after his first grandson) with family catching lake perch and Coho salmon. Yearning for the warmer weather and "no more shoveling snow", he and Bette moved to Florida where he sold patio enclosures, helped people at a local hardware store and searched for shark's teeth on Venice Beach. In 1999, he moved to Cañon City to live with his daughter, Barb, and continued his journey living in the "banana belt", spending time with his very special friend, MaryAnn, walking Tigger and "tinkering on anything" with Tracy. He is survived by his son, William D. Haymond of Wake Forest, NC, daughter, Barb Crossman of Cañon City, sister, Joann Thomas of New Castle, PA, grandsons Owen (Megan) Crossman of San Deigo, CA and Scott Haymond of Waverly, WA, along with 6 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son, Robert (Buck) E. Haymond Jr., grandsons, Todd and Adam Haymond, and brother, Col. Richard Haymond. At his request, there will be no service.
Published in The Canon City Daily Record on Apr. 27, 2013