Obituary of Robert "Bob" Flewelling
Passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at the age of 69. Dearly missed by his wife of 44 years, Bonnie, and daughters Heather (Derek) and Rachel. Cherished grampa to Gray, Noah, and Isla. Treasured by Ed, Julie and Abigail Elliott. Remembered brother-in-law to Carol Brown and Floyd Martineau. Bob is predeceased by his sister BettyAnne and their parents Howard and June.
Bob was scouted at the age of 18 by Elston Howard of the New York Yankees in a little practice diamond in Thorold, ON. in 1969. An unfortunate shoulder injury brought his pitching hopes to an abrupt end but this was the spark that ultimately led him to coach girl’s and women’s fastball, which he totally loved, in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines 1991 – 1998. He was Rachel’s coach both spiritually and throughout most of her baseball “career”.
Bob was known for putting his heart and soul into his work, and this showed in everything he did. He believed in women's sports and in order to give his players the best opportunities possible, he used his entrepreneurial skills to raise more money than the organization had ever come close to before. This took his team to many large tournaments around the province as well as the US. His players fondly remember him for his passion for the game and his caring approach to coaching.
Bob had a way of being a coach for many both on and off the diamond. People that knew him genuinely loved him. He had a way of connecting with people and loved caring and helping those that needed it. Whether a customer of his catering truck (which he worked for over 30 years) or a staff member or resident of The Mansions of Forest Glen (where he cared for the building and residents since 2004 as building superintendent). He made a positive and lasting impact on people's lives wherever he spent his days. Bob will be terribly missed by the staff and residents of “The Mansions”.
Bonnie and Bob made many fond memories of cottaging on Lake Huron. This became their special place to escape to together. At home he had affectionately earned titles such as “the General of Highland Ave.” and “Best Storyteller of all Time” and created many good memories and laughs with family and friends. He was a provider by nature and a very spiritual man, saying that “Home is our church”. His strength and warmth was felt as soon as you were in his presence. His moral compass and guidance will live on through everyone he touched.
Thank you to all those that loved him as much as we did and are grieving with our family at this time. Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133) has been entrusted with arrangements. As per Bob’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Due to Covid 19 we will not be having a formal service but will announce a celebration of life at a later date. Please make any donation you wish in Bob’s memory to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be shared to Bob’s tribute page at EssentialsNiagara.com.
There are no upcoming public services scheduled or the service has occurred in the past.
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