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Robert B.V. Spark "Bob"


Obituary of Robert B.V. Spark "Bob"

While holding the hands of his beloved family, Bob passed away peacefully on Monday, July 3, 2023 at the Port Colborne Hospital, at the age of 81. He was a loving and devoted father of Bob (Aminta) and a proud Grandpa of Kayla and Sofi. He will be dearly missed by his sister Nancy Delgaty, his special friend Gail Keith and also by his friend Mary Spark. Bob has been reunited with his parents Bill and Jean and also with his beloved dogs Maggie and Rosie.

Bob worked his career at Atlas Steel and retired in 1997. Those who knew Bob would know that his family and friends meant a great deal to him. He will be missed beyond measure and fondly remembered. A special thank you to the healthcare team who took excellent care of him over the past couple of weeks. In accordance with Bob's wishes, cremation has taken place and arrangements have been entrusted with Essentials Cremation and Burial Services. A private family service and interment will be held at Fonthill Cemetery.

Family and friends will be invited to a Celebration of Bob's life, held on Saturday, July 29, 2023 from 1-3pm, at the Fonthill Legion, 141 Hwy 20 E, Fonthill. Bob enjoyed many years as a Mason and his family would appreciate memorial donations given to the Myrtle Masonic Lodge No. 337.

Service Information

A Celebration of Life

Date: July 29, 2023
Start Time: 1:00 pm
End Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: Fonthill Legion, 141 Hwy 20 E, Fonthill

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Sandy Stokes
2 months ago

Our condolences to the Spark family. Jim and I are very sorry to learn about Bob’s passing. Even though I was his distant 2nd cousin, I never knew Bob as I grew up. I connected with him as an adult. We enjoyed our chance visits on our walks, at the Fonthill Bandshell concerts or elsewhere and occasionally we e-mailed one another re our family heritage. We are sorry for your loss. I wish I had spent more time with Bob but am grateful for the time that we shared. I’ve attached a photo of Bob at one of our Spark family gatherings on 2011. Sandy (Spark) Stokes

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Murray Parkes
2 months ago

I’m sorry to hear about Bob’s passing.I met him in grade 1 at the Quaker road school then again at JC Ball and then Pelham high and I remember many summer days down at the gathering area by the diving board on Welland canal where Bob and others would meet

Patti-jo Chambers
2 months ago

We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad, Bob. There was always mischief in his eyes and heart. He was always up for a prank.

We have many great memories of our time spent together. Our thoughts go out to you Bob, your family, Mary Spark and Gail Keith.

Sincerely, Al Barrett and family

Ken Crowther
2 months ago

Sparky has been a good friend since our days in the 50’s at PDHS. Back then he was our school “Fonzie”- a dude with “tude” …but loveable! We will miss him.

Jerry, Linda Resch & Family, Calgary.
2 months ago

The Bob Spark that we all know and love was a good guy and a dear friend to many. The Resch family enjoyed a close relationship with him despite the many miles that separated us. We have a *HIS*tory. Bob and Jerry were childhood buddies who stayed in touch for more than 70+ years. They often reminisced about their youth—like the time they took all day to hitchhike from Welland to Effingham to pick cherries—earning a whole $3.00 between them. They also originated “job sharing,” trading shifts pumping gas at the corner Sunoco station…no self-serve back then! Swimming in the canal, recollections of their old neighbourhood, etc., great stories and memories. Kind and caring, Bob’s sensitive nature was easily detected although sometimes well disguised! We’ve had some great times with the Sparks—deep conversations and laughed out loud often. Bob has left us too early, but he carved a notch in our hearts while he was here. Our sincere condolences to Bob’s immediate family, neighbours, Masonic members, and many pals—four-legged ones included. 🙂

Gord Clare
2 months ago

Fond memories of Bob. He was always there to help with the Pelham High School Reunions and then there were his Pole-Vaulting skills. Rest in peace. Gord Clare

Wayne and Bev Barrick
2 months ago

We were shocked to hear of Bobs passing. Our deepest condolences is extended to Gail Keith, Mary Spark and to the rest Bob’s family during this very difficult time

Diana Kearns
2 months ago

Dear Bob ,Ameta and girls,
May the Dear Lord give you love and strength during the mourning of your Dad’s and Grandpa’s death. Rely on the beautiful memories you have of him. Love, Diana

John, Tracy, Jarrett and Allison Delgaty
2 months ago

Dear Bobby and Family. We are saddened to hear of Uncle Bob’s passing. I will never forget the time he hid behind Gramma Jeans car at Morgan’s Point and jumped out at me in the dark making a hissing and spraying sound like a skunk. Of course I was frightened and scared but boy did Uncle Bob laugh and laugh. May you remember the memories you had with your dad, grandpa and friend. Rest in Peace Uncle Bob!!!

Anne Altman
2 months ago

In your loss I feel bound with you in grief for Bob was my dearest friend.
I spoke with Bob the day before he passed, and reminded him of all the good times we shared. It seemed to cheer him up.
Please give Gail my sincerest sympathy.
Anne Altman

Kelsey Saunders
2 months ago

so sad to hear this news. My thoughts are with the family.


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By mail Myrtle Masonic Lodge No. 337, 10 River St, Thorold, ON L0S 1K0 or by contacting Essentials 905-734-1031

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