It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of a beloved husband, father and grandfather, Robert (Bob) William Belle, on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 at age 75.
Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma exactly a year ago, Dec. 5, 2009, Bob fought a hard and courageous battle with his disease and is now comfortable and at peace.
Bob was a life time resident of Thunder Bay. He graduated from Port Arthur Technical School in 1955, immediately joining the Ministry of Transportation where he spent his entire 35 year career, retiring in 1990. Bob then went on to work at Maplecrest Tower until November 2009.
Bob was extremely active, from broom-ball, to curling, to golf, Bob was always involved in something. The sport he was most passionate about was golf and Bob could always be found hitting balls or playing a round at the Thunder Bay Country Club, where he was a member. He took great pride in his family, his home and his Ford Mustangs. His family, especially his grandchildren, were his greatest achievement. Right to the end, nothing could put a smile on his face like they could.
Bob will be lovingly remembered by his best friend and wife, Arlene; daughter Lynda (Mike) Kaban, son Gary (Tammy) Belle, daughter Diane (Bill) Savor, and the pride of his life, his grandchildren, Jonathan Kaban, Robby and Lindsey Belle and Mallory and Benjamin Savor. Bob is also survived by his brothers John (Mary) Belle, Richard Belle, Donnie (Lori) Belle and his sister Susan (Gary) Gall, his brother in laws Dennis (Alice) Hill and Jim Hill. He will also be lovingly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews and many other relatives.
Bob was predeceased by his father Jack Belle, his mother Helen Belle, his step-mother May Belle, his sister-in-law Carol Belle, his niece Lisa Belle, and his father and mother-in-law Bill and Sylvia Hill.
Following cremation, Funeral Services for the late Bob Belle will be held on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 when family and friends will gather in Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 664 Red River Road, for the Funeral Mass beginning at noon, celebrated by Rev. Richard Kowachuk. Private family interment will take place at a later date.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Northern Cancer Research Foundation, 980 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6V4 or St. Joseph's Hospital, Hospice Unit (4 North), Box 3251, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5G7. Arrangements in care of the Sargent & Son Funeral Directors, 21 N. Court Street. On-line condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com