Robert Emil (Bob) HENKEL
1940 - 2020
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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing, due to cancer, of a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Beloved husband of Joan (nee Bambrick) for over 57 years. Loving dad to Sheryl Henkel-Gerber, Shelly (Rod-predeceased) Schenk, and Shane (Shannon) Henkel. Devoted Poppa to his grandchildren Mike (Sarah), Jakob, Julie, Kayla, Jaime, Joel and great-grandchildren Sadie, Brooklyn and Hailey. Dear brother of Evyleen Litt, Maggie (Bruce) Durham, Gerald Henkel and brother-in-law of Kevin (Cathie) Bambrick. Fondly cherished by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Emil and Anne Henkel, in-laws Richard and Gladys Bambrick, sister-in-law Mary Tuckwood and brothers-in-law Ken Tuckwood, Chuck Kieswetter, Larry Litt and Dave Goudy. Bob will be fondly remembered as a man with a quiet confident demeanour. Some fond memories of Bob (Poppa) are how he was a DIY'er before it was cool, how his smile was so grand his cheeks lifted covering his eyes, how he was the first to volunteer at church, how he and Joan attended all the games of their kids, grandkids, great-nieces and nephews and how he playfully teased every kid he ever met. Bob was a long-time employee of Parmalat (formerly Beatrice/Colonial Cookies) as their distribution manager. Upon retirement he could often be found walking and chatting with friends at the Rec centre, enjoying the Florida heat or spending his weekends freezing, but loving every moment, in an arena. When Bob wasn't at home in Waterloo, he could be found at his cottage on Gillies Lake where family and friends often gathered. Bob was a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church and had been an active member for over 50 years. His church family will greatly miss him. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at St. Mary's who cared for Bob, and especially to the team who worked quickly to honour his dying wish of being home with Joan and his family. A private family visitation and service will be held at the Henry Walser Funeral Home (519) 749-8467. Extended family and friends may view the service via livestream on Wednesday May, 20, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. via the following link: A gathering to celebrate Bob's life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to Christ Lutheran Church Waterloo or a charity of your choice (cards available at the funeral home). Visit to view Bob's memorial

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Published in Waterloo Region Record on May 19, 2020.
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May 23, 2020
Joan so sorry to read of Bob's passing.I know how he loved being on the Bruce.
Wayne Goetz
May 19, 2020
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Stefan Gerber
May 19, 2020
Dear Gerald/Gerry, saddened to read that you lost your brother, Bob. We seem to be at the age when friends & kin are reminding us that life is not only precious, but often too short. I find that on each birthday I remind myself that the older I get, the more important it is to not act my age. I offer you & your Family my sincere sympathy, & wish Bob happy trails. Jim Bunsch (Township of Carling, on Georgian Bay)
Jim Bunsch
May 19, 2020
So sorry for your loss! Bob was such a caring and genuine man. Always a pleasure to visit with ! He so obviously cared genuinely about people!
John Brick
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