Robert (Bobby) Simonen
December 6, 1940 – July 5, 2018
SIMONEN, Robert (Bobby) - It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Robert Simonen at the age of 77. Bobby passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at the Sault Area Hospital on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Predeceased by his two loving parents, Aili and Eino Simonen. Devoted husband and soulmate for 54 years to Lorraine Simonen (nee Radi). Loving and caring father to Kristine (Shane) and Robert (Marlo). Proud papa to Paige and Skyler and special papa to Dayne Caruso. Son-in law of the late Filomena Romani (Gaetano). Brother-in-law of Shirley Radi, Adele Hood (Alex), Stephen Romani (Bonnie). Uncle of Matthew Romani (Liz), Michael Romani (Nancy), Kai Romani. Lifelong friend to Jimmy Stafford (Betty). Bob leaves behind many relatives in Finland. Bob was born in rural Manitoba and this is where his true love for the great outdoors began. He lived for the days spent at his beloved camp at Gavor Lake. He had many special friends and cherished all the special times together. He took great pleasure in making new friends and staying in touch with the old ones. He loved telling stories about his wonderful childhood; the tables full of his mother's delicious Finnish baking, his dog sled and pet wolf, and numerous fish stories. Later he was raised on Albert Street West at his parents' Finnish Steam Bath. He and his friends used to help his parents who were then rewarded with a free sauna and pop. At 17, Bob met the love of his life, Lorraine. They enjoyed the happy, simpler times of the 1950’s, eventually marrying and sharing a beautiful life together. They were best friends and showed us what true love was. Bob loved Buddy Holly, coffee pula and black licorice. He had a lifelong passion for classic cars and was best known for his Black Panther Camaro. Bob was everything a good husband and father should be. He was kind hearted, loving and a very sentimental soul. Missing his parents from the day they passed, he knew the importance of family, appreciating every minute together. He was always the first to give a hug, never judgmental and always forgiving. He loved spending special occasions together and usually had a special surprise or good joke. His unwavering love for his family showed in everything he did. We were lucky to have had him in our lives and he will live on in our hearts forever. At Bob’s request, there will not be any visitation or service. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Bob would have liked for you to spend time with someone you love. Donations to A.R.C.H. would be appreciated by the family. (Arrangements entrusted to Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel 492 Wellington St. E. 705-759-2522). Special thank you to the I.C.U. Staff at the Sault Area Hospital for their wonderful care and compassion. Expressions of sympathy may be offered at www.arthurfuneralhome.com
- Celebration of Life At A Later Date
Robert (Bobby) Simonen
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John and Mary Malkki
July 11, 2018
Our Deepest Condolences to the Simonen Family
Bobby was one of the first people we met 34 years ago when we bought our camp on Clear Lake just south of Gavor Lake.
He was a very friendly man and we all hit it off right away. With both men being of Finnish descent, they both had a love for all things outdoors.
As of late, they spent many winters ice fishing together.
We heard and witnessed Bobby’s deep love of his family, best friend Jim and his camp at Gavor Lake.
We always made sure we had a beverage for Bobby, that included real coke.
When he told us once that he spied on us when we were fishing to see how we were catching fish….
We felt so proud that such a great fisherman would be spying on us. Wow
Bobby…. Such an appropriate name for someone who was so young at heart.
Well …. To Whiskey Jack One
From Saunaman and Roadrunner
Till we meet again
Our sincere respect
John and Mary Malkki
July 10, 2018
I was so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. He sounded like a remarkable man; such a beautiful, well-written tribute. May your many memories bring comfort to you and your family in the days ahead.
Condolences to you and yours,
July 10, 2018
Rob, Kristine and family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family at this difficult time .
July 8, 2018
To my Dear Cousin, Bob
Every now and then I heard of you. You lived in Canada, so far away of us in Finland. I wished I could have met you some day. Somehow, we had the same kind of fate, but however different.
When your father Eino visited us in Finland during my graduation party (1966), I heard more of you. Our fathers, Eino and Heikki seemed to be very close brothers. The distance between Canada and Finland did not bother them. Their correspondence verified this.
When I got to hold the Simonen family archives I found important stories of our families across the Ocean. Among this material there were letters of your father, Eino, to his brother, Heikki. In these letters your father warmly wrote of you, Robert. A new window was opened to me.
Finally, several years ago I found you through the internet, looking at the web-sites of Black Panther Camaro. I sent an e-mail to you.
Since this event we have been able to know more about us, our families and life. As I have understood, you were a good and exemplary person to be loved and remembered warmly. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet face by face. However, what I saw of you, your family and children, Kristine and Rob, warmed my heart.
Also other of your cousins and their families in Finland and Sweden are warmly remembering you, Bob. You were one of us in the large Simonen Family Group, a good connection over the seas. Farewell, Bobby.