In Loving Memory of

Robert "Bob" Flewelling

1951 - 2021

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.

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Margaret Drennan
2 years ago

Bonnie and family, I am saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tom Lewis
2 years ago

Jane and I would like to offer our deepest condolences. We moved to the Mansions a couple years ago, and Bob was a huge part of the reason we chose the Mansions. Bob always gave us a sense of safety and security. He always had time to tell a story or two and we thought of him more as a friend than a superintendant. In short he was the Super in superintendant as a person. RIP Bob

Bonnie Stewart Bailey
2 years ago

Bonnie and Family, so sorry for your loss. With deepest sympathy and prayers to you.

Brian McKeown
2 years ago

I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I was the person who hired Bob for the Mansions. He and I got along very well until I retired. He was a great guy and will be missed by all of the residents as well as the staff at Shabri properties. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s Family.

Hether Deans
2 years ago

I am so sorry to see this Bonnie. Thoughts and prayers to you and the family.

Chris Watling
2 years ago

Dearest Bonita and family – how the years have marched on and we have not kept in touch! In this time of sorrow I want to send out my love and deepest sympathies to you and the family! Hope you know how much I always appreciated you and your support!
Hope you will reach out and we can connect
[email protected]
905 3589390


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