Robert “Bob” Asselin

A photo of Robert “Bob” Asselin

Service:

A private time of remembrance in celebration
of Bob's life will be held at a later date.

Robert “Bob” Asselin, age 73 of Blenheim Ontario, much loved husband of Elaine (Kuley) Asselin passed away on May 31, 2020.  They were married 48 years.

Bob was born in Port Arthur, Ontario and was predeceased by his parents Maurice and Lorna (Morehouse).  He is survived by aunts, uncles and cousins.

Bob spent his early years in Atikokan and Thunder Bay.  During his teens he worked in Quetico Park on the portage crew at French Lake and later as foreman of the Junior Ranger Camp.  He had a special love and knowledge of Quetico Park and continued to return through the years to enjoy canoeing and backpacking with family and friends, sharing that knowledge, experiences and adventures with them.

His career as an educator led him to many parts of Ontario.  He was employed by the Nipigon Red Rock Board of Education, Fort Frances Rainy River Board of Education and Lambton Kent District School Board.  As an educator, Bob was a teacher, principal, administrator, consultant, curriculum co-ordinator and Superintendent of Education (Curriculum).  He was actively involved in the profession and his accomplishments were many.

While continuing his career in education, he received his Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University (1974) and Masters of Education, Advanced Level from the University of Minnesota (1979).  After retiring in 2000, Bob completed a Masters of Business Administration in Information Technology Management from Athabaska University (2004).

In each community that Bob lived in, he strongly believed in giving back to the communities through his affiliations and memberships with many service clubs and organizations.  He served in many areas, some of which included Elementary Men Teachers Federation, Board Member of the Police Commissioners of Fort Frances, Director of Operation Aware, Board Member of Chatham-Kent Family YMCA, Capital Theatre and hockey & wrestling coach in Hurkett/Dorion.  Bob was a Rotarian for many years in Fort Frances and Chatham-Kent and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his various works within Rotary.  Because of his profession, community service, interests and having lived in different communities, Bob developed many friendships over the years.

Bob was a caring and generous person.  Anything he undertook, he did it with passion.  He always enjoyed getting together with family & friends and had many interests from canoeing, hunting, fishing, prospecting, wine making, cooking, travelling and reading.  Bob especially loved spending time at the family camp at Nydia Lake.

In dealing with health issues during the past 6 years Bob remained determined, strong and never complained.  He remained positive and looked to the future.  His hearty laugh was a joy to hear.  Much appreciation to all the Doctors, Nurses and Health Care providers who were connected with Bob over the past few years, to close friends who visited and spent time with Bob, and family & friends who kept in touch.

Bob will be dearly missed by many but especially by his wife Elaine.

As per Bob’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A private time of remembrance in celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  Donations in Bob’s memory can be made to the London Health Sciences Foundation, Kidney Foundation of Canada, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada or a charity of choice.

 

I will miss you Bob and you will remain in my heart forever.

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Hugs may Bob rip.I enjoyed taking care of him at bcv.Miss his witty ways about him. Thinking of u. Love lesli psw

Mr. Asselin was one of my teachers in elementary school in Red Rock, and Bob was a friend to my husband and me in later years. My thanks to him for his insight in both of those roles.

So sorry for your loss Elaine and you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless and be strong and stay safe. Karen 1970

My deepest condolences Elaine! Thank you for your phone call today to let me know about Bob! I am here for you !💕💕

Sincerest condolences. We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a great guy and will be missed.

So sorry for your loss Elaine....(Nicolette Kaszor)

My deepest condolences to Elaine and family. Mr Asselin was one of my teachers and the principal in Dorion Public School in1974/75. May he rest in peace. Debbie Harris

So very sad to read of Bob passing away. My heart is with you. Shirley

Dear Elaine, we haven’t seen you and Bob since you left here but often thought about you both. We did get a few notes from Mugs and Paul Jackson. We knew Bob had some health issues but were surprised to hear about his death Our condolences go to you and your families. Bob will be missed by many. John and Judy

Elaine, so sorry to hear of Bob's passing ,thinking of you. Linda &Gord

My deepest condolences to the family of sir Bob... back in the days when I was working in Kabul, Afghanistan he was one of the people who really helped me. It was a pleasure working with you sir Bob, I will be forever thankful to you... May you rest in peace. - Marcos (Philippines)

Elaine We are so sorry to read of Bob’s passing. He was genuine and grounded and a lot of fun to be around. We were always grateful to you and Bob for the attention and tender loving care that you showed my parents, and will never forget that. Thinking of you.

Elaine, I am so sorry to have learned about Bob's passing. I certainly have many fond memories of the years we worked together in the Kent Board office. We touched bases with each other many times on a great number of educational issues as our offices were adjacent to each other in the Board office in Chatham. I was always impressed with the way Bob could see the positives in every situation he dealt with. He was a definite asset to the senior administration team. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Paul Seagrave

Elaine... we are so sorry to hear that Bob has passed away. You both have traveled a long hard road in his last years.

So sorry for your loss. Bob was always a welcoming positive force with the Lambton District School Board. He made it a better place to work. Diane Myers

Elaine - we are so sorry for your loss. Bob was such an accomplished man and I was proud to be his cousin. he will be dearly missed. Sharon Blott and Family

I’m so sorry to see that Bob has passed. Bob was a caring and compassionate man. As a principal with LKDSB, I appreciated Bob’s advice and support through out the years we worked together. Bob will be in my prayers.