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Robert Peter (Bob) Thimot, 84, surrounded by friends and family, passed away peacefully in Reno on Tuesday, after suffering a massive stroke. Bob and his wife Barbara retired to Reno in 1985 because he loved fly fishing, shooting craps, and poker. They quickly adopted Reno as their home and became enthusiastic westerners. They were generous donors to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and set up the Robert & Barbara Thimot Scholarship at Truckee Meadows Community College.
Bob and his twin brother George were born in 1929 in Massachusetts, the sons of the late George and Jesse Thimot. He joined the army after attending Hudson High School in Hudson, Massachusetts and served in Korea. He attended the University of Massachusetts on the GI Bill, graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Out of college he worked for Chrysler in Michigan and earned a Masters in Automotive Engineering from the Chrysler Institute. He went back to Hudson to work with his father and founded the Hudson Lock Company. He oversaw the growth of the Company from a small start-up to a 600 employee manufacturer that in its heyday produced 15 million locks a year. After retiring to Reno, he and Barbara travelled extensively. When home, he could usually be found thigh-deep in a promising trout stream or at a local hold 'em tournament.
He was predeceased by his treasured wife Barbara (Carbone) Thimot and his younger sister Lorraine Bryant. He is survived by son Brian, daughter Linda, step-son Barry Kittredge, grandchildren Jessica, Carolyn, Daniel, and Jordan; brother George, baby sister Joan Esche, numerous nieces and nephews and the countless numbers of friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched.
The family is hosting an informal celebration of his life on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 pm at 1200 Riverside Drive, Unit 1284, in Reno. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks, PO Box 7376, Reno, NV 89510-7376.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2013