Suddenly, on Monday, October 8th, 2012 in his 75th year. Bob, beloved husband of Grace (nee Cooke). Dear brother of Bill (Marion), Dennis (Judy), Isabelle (Irwin), and Judy. Brother-in-law of Barry (Rev. Sharon) Cooke, and Marilyn Cooke. Loving Uncle of many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Clifford (Tip) and Winnifred Reany and his brother-in-law Denis Cooke.
Born in Noranda, Quebec, Bob began his richly varied career as a body repair man and partner at Fenton’s Garage, and later as a partner with brother Bill in Lakeshore Electronics. His love and passion for flying led to a long and distinguished career as a pilot, flying instructor and aircraft mechanic, with broad experience, including geo-surveys, air ambulance and cargo transfer. He loved instructing and his student pilots were devoted to him. Later, Bob focused on corporate work, and was the chief pilot of Bruceland Air where he handled a variety of demands including supervision, licensing and repair. He was mechanically talented and a creative problem solver. Bob was active in community arts and services. He was past president of the Port Elgin Rotary Club, and both an elder and choir member in a lifelong association with Port Elgin United Church. A kind and thoughtful man, he had a strong work ethic and a sound value system, His positive nature, wry sense of humour and boundless energy inspired and delighted all who knew him. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and the Port Elgin community, along with his wider circle of friends from the flying community.
Friends will be received at the Port Elgin United Church, 840 Bruce Street, on Thursday, October 18th, for visitation from 2 – 4pm and 7 – 9pm. A funeral service will be held at the church on Friday at 11am, with the Rev. Wayne Beamer officiating, reception to follow.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the T.A. Brown Funeral Home, 510 Mill Street, 519-832-2222.
Memorial donations to the Port Elgin United Church ‘Roof Fund’ would be appreciated by the family.