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MENARD, WILLIAM JOSEPH ROBERT

Friday, November 02, 2012

At home, on Thursday November 1, 2012, Robert Menard in his 83rd year. Husband of the late Mary Menard (nee Marinich). Beloved brother of Bertha Trubiano, the late Albert, Edgar and Liliane. Most loving father of Robert (Sylvie), Darryl (Lyne), and Catherine Menard-Vachon (Leo). Bob will be missed by his loving grandchildren Darryl (Sue), Ryan, Bobby, Trevor, Daniel and Michel. He will be especially missed by his special angel Evelyn. Bob was born in Alberta in 1929, and was adopted by his late mother’s sister, Ann St. Godard. He was raised as a St. Godard, with step brothers Eric, Joe, and Ernie. The family lived in Waboden, just outside of “The Pas” Manitoba. At the age of 10, Bob’s stepfather Joe, fell through a hole in the ice, and drowned. Ann moved the family to Flin Flon, Manitoba, and as a single mother, she worked as a cook for Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company. Times were tough and Dad told us of using tomato ketchup and mixing it with water to make tomato juice. He took the name of Menard, when he found work in the Sheraton Mine. He volunteered with the Flin Flon Fire Department. In 1950, he volunteered to serve with the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry in Korea. He was not a good marksman with a rifle, so they made him a bazooka-man instead. He saw plenty of action. When the war ended, he returned to work in the mine, as a diamond driller. Shortly thereafter, he became a “Boiler Maker”, his grandson Darryl, now following in his footsteps. Bob travelled across Canada, erecting water tanks, like the one here in the Sault. He came to the Sault and worked as a Rigger for Algoma Steel, until his retirement. The “Riggers Gang” was his second family. He missed all his friends from the plant and spoke of them often, including Rudy, Al, Nick, Barry, Johnny, Baldy, Bill, Jack, Matt, and Leo, just to name a few. He made friends wherever he went. For many years, Bob was the Health and Safety representative for the Local Union 2251. Bob was a very proud member of Sault Search and Rescue. He worked with Clarence Dungy, as a hard hat diver, perhaps one of the first in the Sault. He loved SCUBA, and the pictures of diving through the ice recovering a Bombardier, was a story that never grew old. He was gassed in the steel plant and was hospitalized and that is where he met our mother and fell in love. Both of them cherished the time at the camp out at Goulais River, on the banks of Kelly Creek. Over the years, they met many people they were happy to call friends. Dad’s last wish was to be cremated with no visitation or ceremony. The family would like to thank all the care givers who showed love and compassion to our father, the Red Cross, We Care, Connie, all the nurses, and the Veteran’s Association, for making Dads life as comfortable as possible. Thank you Lyne for staying at Dad’s until he passed. Cathy carried out your final wish to die with dignity in the home you built, as she did for Mom. Dad was a very proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25, in lieu of flowers, a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25War Museum, would be appreciated. If you would please wear a poppy this year, and in years to come, not just for our Dad, but for all who have given all, and have never asked for anything in return. He always told us to be good to everyone, as it will come back around one day. (Arrangements entrusted to O’Sullivan Donnelly Funeral Home 705-759-8456). Condolences available on-line at www.osullivandonnellyfuneralhome.com