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Bob Swing, 77, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly and peacefully on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Left to cherish Bob’s memory are his loving wife of 47 years, Ellen; son, Bob Jr. and wife, Pam, of Fort Frances, Ont.; daughter, Susan of Toronto, Ont.; brother, Walt and wife, Peg, of Saltspring Island, B.C.; and nephews, Steve, Terry, Bill, and Paul and nieces, Cathy, Lori, Nancy, and Pat, and their families.

Grandpa Bob also is survived by the four shining bright stars of his life, grandsons, Matt, Zach, Sam, and Nate.

Bob was born and raised in Hamilton, Ont., the son of the late Carl and Florence Swing.

Bob served with the Royal Canadian Air Force for five years, being stationed in Greenwood, N.S. Bob also graduated from Ryerson University as a Certified Public Health Inspector.

In 1974, Bob and his family moved to Fort Frances, where he was employed with the Northwestern Health Unit as a CPHI. Bob retired from the position after 25 years of service.

Bob was a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29, including being a past executive member. An avid reader, and fan of crossword puzzles and Sudoku, Bob also enjoyed the outdoors, specifically fishing and hunting.

Bob’s great love of sports included supporting his kids constantly in whichever sporting event they were participating in, wherever that may have been.

Bob loved to spend time with family and friends, and dedicated time every year to travel across the countryside from West Coast to East Coast making treasured memories with all of his loved ones.

He always brought a special sparkle wherever he went and everyone will miss his quick wit, borderline jokes, and loving smile.

Cremation has taken place, and a time of fellowship for family and friends will be held Monday, March 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances.

Bob’s wishes will culminate in one last “ring the bell,” so please join us in celebrating his life.

If desired, in keeping with Bob’s belief in supporting local initiatives, in memoriam donations may be directed to the Fort Frances Community Chest or Riverside Foundation for Health Care c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

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