Robert (Bob) Blewett

Robert John Arthur (Bob) Blewett - December 31, 1935 to April 22, 2022

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert John Arthur (Bob) Blewett at age 86 at Health Sciences North in Sudbury.

Born in Pakenham, Ontario in the Ottawa Valley, Bob arrived in Elliot Lake with members of his immediate and extended family in 1956, beginning a 65 year odyssey which would cement him as a true pillar of the community.

From the beginning, Bob was a quintessential volunteer providing leadership to numerous organizations including Minor Sports, the Municipal Parks and Recreation Committee, Holy Trinity United Church and the Elliot Lake Curling Club. He was an original member of the Arena Fund Committee and played an integral role in the construction of Centennial Arena.

Along the way, he began dating an Ottawa Valley girl by the name of Ruth Wilson (predeceased September, 2014). They were married in July, 1963 and Ruth moved to Elliot Lake where she and Bob started a family. Son, David was born in July, 1964 and daughter, Cathy arrived in March, 1967.

In addition to his passion for his family and volunteering, Bob loved to create. He is responsible for much of the cabinetry and other woodwork in his home on Central Avenue. Bob was also an accomplished artisan, spending hours in his ‘shop’ making pens, earrings, letter openers and more out of the various types of wood he came across in his travels. Measure twice and cut once was one of his favourite sayings - and his attention to detail was unparalleled.

Bob spent 35 years working for Rio Algom Ltd., the majority of that time as a well-respected Machinist Leader. When he retired from Rio in 1990, he and Ruth travelled some while he continued his volunteering ways. The days were few and far between that Bob wasn’t seen making his stops around town in his Toyota truck. At Christmas, he would throw on his Santa Claus suit and spread a little cheer at various businesses in Elliot Lake (though it got him in trouble at a bank one year).

Bob is survived by his son David, his daughter Cathy (Fraser Gartside), granddaughter Lily, his brother Howard (JoAnn) as well as numerous cousins and nieces and nephews of many generations.

A memorial gathering will be held on Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 from 6 – 8pm from the Holy Trinity United Church Fellowship Hall and the service will take place on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 11:00 am from Holy Trinity Church with the Reverend Cory Vermeer-Cuthbert officiating. Interment to follow in Woodlands Cemetery, Elliot Lake.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Holy Trinity United Church or the St. Joseph Hospital foundation would be greatly appreciated.

Bob Blewett was a humble man, a good man and a true legend in his community. He will be missed.

Condolences left by others

Barbara Patterson

So sad to hear of the passing of Bob - condolences to all of the Blewett family. My late husband & I were good friends of Ruth & Bob when we lived in Elliot Lake, & have many good memories. Ruth & my Bob sang many beautiful hymns together many times. R.I.P. Bob with your beloved wife.

Anne White

Worked bingos at Collins hall many moons ago with Bob. RIP my friend. Condolences to his family.

Paul Alpajaro

Dear Dave, Cathy and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. My sympathies and condolences are with you and your family.

Audrey Austin

My deepest condolences to family and friends of Bob Blewett. A good man, my friend & neighbour for many years. He will be missed by our community for which he cared so much.

Sue Lamont

Dave and Cathy; I am very sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. Thinking of both of you. Sue Annesley

Lindsay burke

My condolences to the Blewett family. Bob was a very gentle man and great fan of Elliot Lake.
God Bless!

Jane Miller

Dear David, Cathy and family. I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Like so many in Elliot Lake, I have know Bob for many years and always enjoyed our chats as he walked by my house on Central. He did so much for this community, which is why he will be missed so greatly. My heart and thoughts are with you at this sad time. He will now rest contently with his beloved Ruth.

Carolyn Fortin

My family were neighbours of Bob and Ruth for 11 years and have many good memories. Bob did some amazing cabinet work in our bathroom. He was a great neighbour and my sincerest condolences to the Blewett family!

Carrie Chenier

Elliot Lake was the beneficiary of his many talents and generosity.
RIP Bob.

Kimberly Arnold

I’m so deeply sorry to hear this news. Please know that my husband and I thought your father Bob was a very special person. I used to sing with your mother Ruth (who I also adored). I hope you might feel some small comfort as I know I do in thinking of them being reunited in Heaven. Big Hugs to all of you during this very difficult time.
Sincerely Kimberly & Wayne Arnold

Mike Lahaie

My Deepest Condolences to David and Cathy. Prayes and thoughts.

Wendy MacKenzie (Murphy)

Dear Dave, Cathy and family so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. May your happy memories help you through these challenging times. Sending condolences.

Cheryl Devine

Cathy, Dave, and family - oh, my heart is full of so many wonderful memories growing up with my “second parents” Bob and Ruth. My most heartfelt condolences to you all.

Connie and Tim

Dear Dave and Cathy. Just read that your father has passed away. Tim and I send our sincere condolences to you and all family. Your dad was such a skilled, talented, knowledgeable and kind man. He very humbly contributed so much to the community. He truly was one of Elliot Lake’s citizens without whom this town would not have been the great place it was for us to grow up in.

Eldon and Michele Cavanagh

So sorry for your loss, please let us know when the memorial is

Bruce Arthur

Bob was a hard working citizen and community volunteer. I had nothing but respect for both him and his late wife Ruth. Sincere condolences to both David and Cathy.

Gwen McLean

Bob was a great neighbour and friend. He will be missed.

Fran & Mike Perkins

Dear Dave and Cathy,
Our condolences on the passing of your father. Bob contributed much to the community of Elliot Lake over many years. I thoroughly enjoyed working on committees with Bob...he always had the betterment of the town at heart. You can be proud of all that he did.
Fran & Mike Perkins

Debbie (Doherty) and David Jacklin

My condolences to David, Cathy and family on the passing of your dad. Hope all your wonderful memories of time with your dad help you through this difficult time. Elliot Lake has lost a wonderful man! He will be truly missed by all but none more than you, his family!

Arlene Bujold

I was so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, he was a lovely man full of kindness and caring. I had the pleasure if knowing both he and Ruth and they will remain in my thoughts forever as great people❤️

Lori Bastien

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Sending my deepest condolences to Dave, Cathy and family. He was a kind and wonderful man, always there to lend a helping hand and did so much for his community. He will be missed.

Myrtle Pierce

We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.
We remember many happy times when Bob visited with us on the farm in Pakenham.
Aunt Myrtle & Family

Linda & Murray Finn

Bob was a great guy...always there to lend a hand wherever needed. We will always remember his good sense of humour, his smile and his love of family and community. He will be missed, but always remembered.

Irene (Bosnich) Tyhurst

We were very sorry to hear this sad news, he was a great friend to our family and a vital member of the Elliot Lake community. My dad and I wish to pass on our deepest condolences.


shirley cavanagh and kevin offer our condolences in this time of sorrow

Cathy and Angelo

Angelo and I are so very sorry for your loss. We knew Bob from the curling club where his dedication to keeping that building running was inspirational. I will miss his kind, gentle smile.