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Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel

492 Wellington Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

OBITUARY

Robert Fex

March 23, 1930December 31, 2019
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FEX, Robert (Bob) Rev Mr. - It is with heavy hearts that we have lost our father who was the husband of the late Joanna (Gant). The loving father of Robert Michael (Heather) of Barrie and Richard of London. Loving grandfather of Tyler Boston of Sault Ste. Marie, Luke & Rene Fex of Barrie, Jessica, Jazmyn and Jayden Fex of London.

Robert dearly loved his family which included his Parish family of Our Lady of Good Counsel where he served as a deacon with his great friend Fr. Roy McParland for over 25 years. Robert was born and raised in Windsor, Ont. and in 1947 at age 17 joined the Royal Canadian Navy serving during the Korean war. After serving in the navy for five years he joined the Ontario Provincial Police in 1953 serving until 1985. He started his OPP career in Cornwall on highway patrol and then transferring to the forensic identification unit. It was here in Cornwall that he met and eventually married Joanna in 1960. During the 1950's he was an active SCUBA diver as a hobby and underwater searches for the OPP. He also was an instructor for the local air cadet squadron in Cornwall.

In 1964 he was promoted and transferred to Sault Ste. Marie in charge of the identification unit. Robert was active in the community, being instrumental in starting the Youth Basketball Association (YBA) at the local YMCA. He also started a youth air rifle safety course at the YMCA. He taught hunter safety for the MNR for many years.

As a deacon he served as a member of the Marriage Tribunal for over 25 years yet when not busy joined his wife in gardening which they both enjoyed. Robert was an ardent modeller in any spare time he had. All said and done Robert loved his Lord, life, his family and friends dearly and will be greatly missed.......

Friends may visit at the Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington Street E. 705-759-2522) on Monday, January 6, 2020 from 6 - 9 pm. Funeral mass to be celebrated from Our Lady Of Good Counsel Church on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 10 am. Rev. Paul Conway officiating. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Please visit Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel website obituaries to leave condolence messages as a keepsake for the family. Memorial contributions (payable by cheque) to ARCH would be appreciated.

At the going down of the sun And in the morning We will remember them

Members of the Legion Branch 25 are requested to assemble at the Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 5:45 pm for a memorial service for the late Robert Fex.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 6, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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Marnie Savage

January 17, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a wonderful person who always had a story to tell and never failed to brightened my day with kind words. My sincere condolences to his family. May you find comfort in your memories of him.

Mary Davies

January 7, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the family of Bob Fex. I first met Bob and Joanna at Boots Drug Store, Churchill Plaza, where I was one of the pharmacists. Later we knew Bob from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church where he officiated at our nephew's baptism. More recently I encountered Bob and his grandson Tyler and renewed acquaintances. He and Joanna were always pleasant.

Steve Pelkman

January 7, 2020

I found Bob to be an engaging man with a sharp intellect. I could always talk to him about a wide range of topics. I have great respect for the fact that he shared himself with his community through his volunteer work. Considering he was a busy man that is not easy to do and shows his commitment to humanity. I will miss my daily chats with Bob and seeing him in the Library reading the morning newspaper. I will also miss challenging myself to get a laugh out of him with my fun thought of the day. To Bob I say congratulations on a life well lived and to his family I hope the pain of his loss can quickly be replaced with a smile on your face as you remember the man you called dad, and to consider yourself fortunate to have been raised in your family. I know you to be outstanding individuals with strong character. Bob will always live inside you.

Ralph and Barb Erb

January 6, 2020

Rob, Rich and Families
We were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a great friend and co-worker while working for the O.P.P. Always had a warm smile and a good word to say to all he met. We enjoyed many card games and laughter with he and Joanna over the years. He will be missed. Rest in Peace Bob

Montana Poole

January 5, 2020

My sincere condolences Rich, Robert, and family. Bob was the highlight of my time working at Seasons. It was a joy to hear many of his life stories over the last year and a half. He was a lovely person and always had something kind to say. I have very fond memories of our chats together. He will be missed.

Susan & Eugene Slattery

January 5, 2020

To the Fex Family,
Our sincere condolences and prayers are with you all.
We are saddened by the loss of Bob, such a wonderful and caring man. Rest in Peace Bob

Lee-Shannon Hunter

January 4, 2020

Bob was the best father-in-law and Grandpa anyone could ever ask for❤

Noreen Angus

January 3, 2020

So sorry to hear of Bob’s death. Worked with him at O.P.P. Also bought my first house through him. He was a great guy!

Judy Caruso

January 3, 2020

I’m very sorry for your loss. I knew Bob when he worked for the OPP and I worked at the courthouse. He was a very knowledgeable and likeable person. We got along very well. I’m sure he was well loved and will be missed. RIP Bob

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Biography

FEX, Robert (Bob) Rev Mr. - It is with heavy hearts that we have lost our father who was the husband of the late Joanna (Gant). The loving father of Robert Michael (Heather) of Barrie and Richard of London. Loving grandfather of Tyler Boston of Sault Ste. Marie, Luke & Rene Fex of Barrie, Jessica, Jazmyn and Jayden Fex of London.

Robert dearly loved his family which included his Parish family of Our Lady of Good Counsel where he served as a deacon with his great friend Fr. Roy McParland for over 25 years. Robert was born and raised in Windsor, Ont. and in 1947 at age 17 joined the Royal Canadian Navy serving during the Korean war. After serving in the navy for five years he joined the Ontario Provincial Police in 1953 serving until 1985. He started his OPP career in Cornwall on highway patrol and then transferring to the forensic identification unit. It was here in Cornwall that he met and eventually married Joanna in 1960. During the 1950's he was an active SCUBA diver as a hobby and underwater searches for the OPP. He also was an instructor for the local air cadet squadron in Cornwall.

In 1964 he was promoted and transferred to Sault Ste. Marie in charge of the identification unit. Robert was active in the community, being instrumental in starting the Youth Basketball Association (YBA) at the local YMCA. He also started a youth air rifle safety course at the YMCA. He taught hunter safety for the MNR for many years.

As a deacon he served as a member of the Marriage Tribunal for over 25 years yet when not busy joined his wife in gardening which they both enjoyed. Robert was an ardent modeller in any spare time he had. All said and done Robert loved his Lord, life, his family and friends dearly and will be greatly missed.......

Friends may visit at the Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington Street E. 705-759-2522) on Monday, January 6, 2020 from 6 - 9 pm. Funeral mass to be celebrated from Our Lady Of Good Counsel Church on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 10 am. Rev. Paul Conway officiating. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Please visit Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel website obituaries to leave condolence messages as a keepsake for the family. Memorial contributions (payable by cheque) to ARCH would be appreciated.

At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them

Members of the Legion Branch 25 are requested to assemble at the Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 5:45 pm for a memorial service for the late Robert Fex.