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Robert Ostrom

August 23, 2012

A resident of London, passed away at home on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 in his 85th year. Bob, the son of the late William and Bella (Dale) Ostrom was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan on July 18th, 1928 during the great depression. Predeceased by seven brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wonderful wife Shirley; sons Brad (Becky), Dave (Janet) and Brian (Jacqui) and daughter Pam (Rick). Also by his grandkids, Sean, Andrew, Trevor, Amanda, Kalyn, Laurel, Erin and Allison and great-grandsons Wyatt and Landon. Bob worked at a variety of jobs; logging in B.C. and on several big construction projects, a telegraph lineman in the Yukon, survey crews in Northern Ontario, a short stint on the Toronto Subway and also a milk man in Chatham complete with a horse and wagon. Bob finally tired of his nomadic lifestyle and put down some roots in Chatham, Ontario, where he met his wonderful future wife, Shirley. While in Chatham, Bob was very active in minor baseball and hockey, serving in various coaching and administrative positions. A long time Scout for the Chatham Maroons, he was a member of the Maroon Alumni. Bob spent the last twenty years of his working life as a carpenter at the University of Western Ontario where he served as Vice President of C.U.P.E. Local 2361. Bob truly enjoyed his years at Western and was well respected and well known by many in the University community. Visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday from 2:00-4:30 p.m. where the memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bob are asked to consider Men’s Mission. A special thank you to the C.C.A.C. Palliative Care team for their wonderful care and support.

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(Donated to Men's Mission)

~ Dave Hudson

Brad and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you cherish the memories you made throughout the years.

~ Darcy Speed

Our condolences to the entire Ostrom family. You can take pride in the fact that Bob was a positive influence to many young hockey players both on and off the ice. A trait he has shared with his children. -- Paul, Caroline and family.

~ Paul McNorgan

Brad, you and your family our in my thoughts.

~ Connie Iro

Brad, Becky, Sean and Andrew, please accept our deepest condolences at this time of loss.

~ Mark, Mary & Michael Metel

Bob was a good friend and colleague of Norm Milliken while employed at UWO. Please accept our sincerest sympathies on behalf of Norm/Norm's family.

~ Norm Milliken

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~ Your friends at Facilities Management

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~ Brian Humphrey

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~ Richard

my deepest condolences to bobs family i have a picture that bob took on a fishing trip that every time i look at it i think of bob and will cherish it forever bob was a very kind person and i will miss him.

~ wesley brown

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~ liz barrie & john wilkin

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~ Tim & Gayle Abbott

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~ Michele Wapshaw

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~ David & Wendy Foster

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~ Bill & Tracy Simpson

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~ Betty Humphrey

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~ Bob Smith

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Brad, Becky and family, My deepest condolences at this time of loss.

~ Teri Cobean

My thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this difficult time, so sorry for your loss.

~ Janine Parker

The retirees of the former Chatham Hydro extend our sympathy to Shirley and family on Bob's passing. Although it has been a long time, we have fond memories of your time with us.

~ Chatham Hydro Retirees

My sincere condolences to you and your family.

~ Jordan Domm

Brad: I want to send you, and your family, my deepest sympathies and condolences with the passing of your dad. I know he will be missed.

~ John Hrick

My prayers to Shirley and family, thanks for the friendship given over the past many years. Robert will be missed.

~ Patricia Benjamin

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to the extended Ostrom Family. Godpseed to you all.

~ Paul Hemming

Brian, praying for you and your family. May you be comforted by the wonderful memories of your dad and may you be encouraged and strengthened by family and friends who are so near to you.

~ Ryan Glajch

Brad, my sympathies to you and your family on the passing of your dad.

~ Jim Radler

Brad and Family, From our family to yours we hope you will find strength in the knowledge your Dad was a pillar and that he lived a great life. Family is precious and we must be grateful each and every day we are blessed with their presents. Our warmest thoughts go out to you and your family Kirk & JoAnne

~ Kirk & JoAnne Baines

Brian and family, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May you be comforted by the love he gave you, and may your memories keep him close to your heart.

~ Dave and Nadine

Shirley and family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish your memories they will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye. Thinking of you , Julie

~ Julie Fowler

Brad, Becky and family. Thinking of you during this sorrowful time. Karin and John.

~ Karin and John Lawrence

We are very sorry for your loss and will be thinking of you on this difficult day. Lots of love from us, Les, Petra, Emma, and Nicholas

~ Les, Petra, Emma, and Nicholas Dykeman

Brian, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

~ Michele

My deepest condolences to you and your family Aunt Shirley. Your in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing that I'm sure Uncle Bob and my dad are sitting next to each other laughing and talking like I know they used to.

~ Jay Ostrom

Our condolences to Aunt Shirley and her entire family. Uncle Bob was one of the finest gentlemen that we have had the honour of knowing. We will forever cherish what a decent, loving, caring, and supportive man Uncle Bob was. Bob's enormous heart belied his slight stature. I have always genuinely felt that many of my better qualities as a man were somehow connected to my being related to Uncle Bob. As I go through life, I will attempt to continue to honour and live by Uncle Bob's finest attributes. Our love and support to Aunt Shirley and her family! - Shane, Joan, Alison, and Julie.

~ Shane Ostrom & Family

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