BASS, Robert Walden
Bob passed away peacefully at his home in London ON, on October 24, 2013 at the age of 95. Beloved father of Penelope Bass (Udo Korte), Bob Bass (Janet), Brenda Bass (Doug Petty), and Sylvia Bass West (Bruce West); proud grandfather of Jessie Bass-West, Michael Bass-West, Christopher Bass and Mary Claire Bass. Loving companion of Mrs. June Bullock. Predeceased by his wife Helen (nee Storey), his second wife Faye (McLean), and his brother Jim, his sister Jean and step- daughter Anne. Also missed by the McLean family: Bruce and Linda and their children Abby and J.B. , Bill Hudson and his sons Matthew and Christopher, and Ross McLean. Remembered fondly by his sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends and colleagues. Bob was a career educator with a strong commitment to the public education system. During his long career, he taught in many locations across Ontario from Rainy River to Windsor and was frequently recognized and greeted by his former students. Bob ended his career at Althouse College at the University of Western Ontario, his alma mater (1938), where he helped launch a new generation of teachers. He was particularly proud of initiating the successful PEMSTEP program for educating Physical Education, Math and Science teachers. Bob served as a navigator in the Canadian Air Force (Bomber Support over Europe) during WWII. While completing his training in Nassau in the Bahamas, his plane crashed into the ocean on D-Day (June 6, 1944), giving him a life membership in the Goldfish Club. Bob's childhood on a farm outside of Thedford, ON was a happy and healthy one. He often said that the most important lessons he learned in life were taught to him by his parents on the farm. Bob's retirement was long and fulfilling; he was energetically involved as a volunteer, world traveler, antique dealer, tennis player, collector, cottage-lover and watercolourist. He was a master of Bridge, Cribbage and Rook. Bob's legacy is his loving support of family, friends and community. Friends will be received by the family 1-4pm on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Private family interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to First St. Andrews United Church, 350 Queens Ave, London, ON N6B 1X6.
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Published in The Windsor Star from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2013