Robert (Bob) Ash

February 6, 1962May 6, 2019

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Bob Ash on May 6th, 2019. Bob was born in Fort Frances on February 6th, 1962 to Morris and Patricia Ash. Bob leaves to mourn his daughter Leah Ash (Nathan DeGagne) and grandchildren Sirus and Tobias DeGagne, and Ariel Plante; his mother Patricia Ash; his sister Mary Ellen Chapman (Brent) and his brother Raymond Ash (Cathy). He also leaves behind his nephews and nieces; Adrian, Nathan, Daniel and Laney Chapman; Billy and Jessica Ash; as well as his great nieces and nephews Aric, Ben, Avah, Isabelle, Amelia, Sophia, Carthan, Wesley and Aniston. In addition, he is survived by numerous cousins and his Aunts and Uncles from the Ash and Watson families. Bob was predeceased by his father, Morris Ash, and his brother, Gordon Ash whom he loved with all his heart. Bob or “Buzz” (as many knew him) was happily raised in the East End of Fort Frances. He was an East Ender to the core which meant hockey at the outdoor rink until the lights out in the winter and swimming at the fish house until dark in the summer; playing knock off ginger, building forts in the nearby bush with the Roach boys, and all the mischief that free range kids would get up to in those days. Throughout his school years Bob excelled at playing hockey and managed to get on all the travelling teams. He was good at pretty much any sport he chose and in his later years enjoyed going to the gym to work out. Bob graduated from High School with honours in Thunder Bay. He worked most of his adult life at the oil sands in Fort McMurray as a labourer and later as a trusted foreman. He was a devoted member of the LIUM Union. Bob loved his family first and foremost. His most precious times were spent with his daughter, his grandchildren, his parents and his siblings. In his last few years, he lovingly cared for his mother and was her personal chef. He loved to cook and he was good at it. Bob treasured his close friends and his work buddies from the oil sands, often speaking of them highly, telling humorous stories of days gone by. He frequently reminisced with a heavy heart about the childhood friends and workmates that he had lost over the years. Bob’s passion was playing his guitar and singing around a fire whenever the opportunity arose. He wrote many songs but rarely shared them unless he was in that special mood among close friends or family. In many ways, Bob was a humble man who did not want folks to take too much notice of him or his talents. There is no question that Bob was a character at times that loved to debate but at the end of the day he had a heart of gold. He always supported the underdog, wanting the best for everyone and judging no one. That smile was unforgettable. He will be greatly missed by his family and all those who were close to him. Fly high Bob, sing those songs and have a safe landing at the end of the rainbow. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Fort Frances on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at 1:00 PM.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 11, 2019


Robert (Bob) Ash

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Patricia Gushulak

May 19, 2019

I Will never forget when Bob took video pictures of Leah when she was just an infant. He was so very proud of her and when his face lit up, you could see his overpowering love for her.
God Bless! Pat G

Al Christiansen

May 9, 2019

Worked construction for many years with Bob. He was a hard worker and a super nice guy. R.I.P.

Paul Sullivan

May 9, 2019

People have new friends and old friends and then there are those few friends that you have developed a very specially bond with. The experiences you had , created legendary memories, the memories you talk about, the ones you brag about and the ones you don't talk about. Your lives may go in different directions but that special bond is there for ever. You will never be forgotten, RIP my old friend.

MaryLou parks

May 9, 2019

My heartfelt condolences go out to this wonderful and loving family.

Rene Timleck

May 8, 2019

I only knew Bob for a few years. He always had a smile and made me comfortable being around. I saw that his family was important to him and he was assisting family in many endeavors. His kindness and caring was a direct result of the family he had. My love and prayers goes out to all who have been affected by the loss of him. I have a sense that he is smiling and saying "what the heck is all the fuss about"

Joanne Roach

May 8, 2019

I have so many memories! Skinny Bobby executing dives off fish house with the Twins. Racing to the booms and running, laughing and pushing. Lots of laughter with those 3. Bob hitting his teens and being declared a friend and hottie by girls of all ages. Respectful Bob to East Ender parents. They all would comment on his good manners. Bob and Twins planning escapades with twinkles in eye until consequences loomed. Bob as devoted Dad and Uncle and Grandparent. In his quiet way I knew they brought joy and grounding to his life. Bob held our family up during the loss of our Twins. I remember being lost in grief and Bob told me he would handle all pallbearer arrangements. Through his heartache he honoured them with dignity, music and the best kept stories. He was family to us. He always stopped by for shared comfort. I loved him as a young brother no matter what him and our Twins got up to I knew Bob had a true heart. He will be missed and joyously remembered. Lots of laughter and loss here with us. Wherever his journey goes from us I feel a certainty that it is good. Sending warm hugs to family.

Monique Duhamel

May 8, 2019

My condolences, Bob was a well mannered friend even after not having seen one another for 35 yrs, Rest in peace fine fellow, all my respect.