Robert Leslie “Bob” Pettit, 61, of 1220 Strachan Place, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital.
He was born Feb. 9, 1937 in Fort William, Ont. to the late William and Rita Pettit. Mr. Pettit lived in Thunder Bay until 1981, when he moved to Alberta, returning to Ontario in 1995.
He had worked as a hoisting engineer with various outfits for 40 years, having travelled all over Canada for his work. He recently had been employed by Doug Kitowski Trucking as a truck driver.
He loved fishing, hunting, boating, and building model aircraft. He was an active community leader when he lived in Granisle, B.C., and also was a member of the Lions Club there. He also was a Cub Scout leader in Thunder Bay.
Despite being a very busy man, he always found time to visit and spend time with his loving family.
Bob was united in marriage on June 27, 1986 to the former Diane Watson, who survives, along with his sons, Robert Allen Pettit and Sharon of Fort St. John, B.C., and Ronald Thomas Pettit and Rose of Red Lake, Ont.
Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Johanna Watson of Fort Frances, Ont., and Lianne Surgenor of Edmonton, Alta.; one stepson, George Castellan and Traci of Thunder Bay, Ont.; seven grandchildren, Daniel, Jonas, Joel, William, Keith, Timothy, and Tia; two sisters, Barbara Wertin and husband, Joe, of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Sharon Anderson and husband, David, of Thunder Bay; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; a daughter, Sandra, in 1978; one nephew, Joey Wertin; and his stepmother, Mae.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998 at 1 p.m. at Green Funeral Home, with Rev. Patrick Playfair officiating. Friends may visit prior to the funeral service Saturday at the funeral home.
Honourary pallbearers will be Ken Kowalchuk, Joe Wertin, Grant Watson, Dan Amorde, Rene Pelletier, Ray Stewart, and Nels Stewart.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Box 655, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M9.