After one and a half years dealing with cancer, Bob went home to be with his Lord. He passed away peacefully at home at the age of 75 with his loving wife at his side. He was able to be together with his children and grandchildren in the days leading up to his passing. Beloved husband of Mable (nee Long) of 53 years, loving father of Brenda (Rob) Blandino, Goodells, Michigan, granddaughters Jenna and Julia; Brian of Sarnia (fiancé Ryan) grandchildren Kaitlyn, Meghan, Kyle, brother LeRoy (Karen), sister Linda (Stewart) Ruffley; and many nieces and nephews, predeceased by parents Bruce and Edna (nee Winger) of Stevensville, Ontario. He was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario and grew up on a farm in Stevensville, Ontario and moved to Sarnia, Ontario in 1966 and married Mable in 1967. Bob was an employee of Dow Chemical, Sarnia for 32 years. He attended the New Horizons Church since 1966 and served on the Board of Trustees, Building Committee, Missions Committee, and as well was active in Ushering and Greeting. His deep faith in God sustained him throughout his life and especially in the year and a half. His testimony strengthened as he leaned on God and found Him to be faithful. He enjoyed spending time with his cherished grandchildren, fishing, travelling, camping, antiques, antique and classic cars, gospel music, crokinole (he played in Tavistock at the "World Crokinole Championship" headquarters with over 400 boards set up where he won awards), was an active member of the Lakeland, Florida Shuffleboard Club where he competed and won awards and at Bluewater Country where he lived for 5 years. "Bob shuffled his way into the Hall of Fame in Heaven". In 1996 he successfully established a business "The Gramophone Doctor" repairing gramophones/phonographs, doing work around the world and was doing repairs as long as he was capable. His son Brian has successfully taken over the business. He was a member of the Canadian Antique Phonograph Society which he was also president for 3 years. Bob would say "his spring was winding down but his crank was in the hands of the Lord". He was a member of the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada for many years and took his turn at being president of the Sarnia Region; he also won trophies with his antique cars; also doing complete body restoration including painting of antique and classic cars. Special thanks to Sarnia Bluewater Health - Dr. Kim and Palliative Care Staff, to Dr. Welch and Staff-LHSC London, VON (special thanks to Brittany and the many nurses), Care Partners (PSW), LHIN Office Staff who have made his going home to Heaven very comfortable. Thanks as well to the many friends and family who were such a great support and encouragement to him during this time. Cremation has taken place. A private celebration of life with interment at Lakeview Cemetery will take place at a later date. The funeral arrangements are entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to St Joseph's Hospice Resource Centre of Sarnia Lambton or New Horizons Community Church in Sarnia.
Published in Niagara This Week on Apr. 12, 2021.