On Sunday, July 4, 2010, our families lost a great man, Robert (Bob) Franklin Mainville.
Born Sept. 9, 1966 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Joan (Copenace) Mainville and Ron Mainville, Bob was a brother to Blake and Lana, and a loving uncle to Jena.
He was predeceased by his niece, Sara Joan; and grandparents, Flossie and Edward Copenace and Madeline and Dan Mainville.
Bob married the love of his life on July 14, 1990. Bob and Leeann started dating in 1982 and shared many years of love and laughter.
Bob was blessed with two beautiful daughters, Jillian Mary and Joleigh Erika.
Bob was an excellent athlete, and enjoyed playing hockey, baseball, and golf. Bob’s first year with the Muskies was in 1981, when he had the honour of playing next to his big brother, Blake. He played with the Muskies until his final year in 1985, where he proudly wore the captains’s jersey.
Bob graduated from F.F.H.S. in 1984. He joined Ontario Hydro, where he worked for 14 years and made life-long friends with his forestry crew.
Bob was accepted as a member of the Ontario Provincial Police in 2004, where he worked until his passing. Bob was a member of the Provincial Liaison Team.
Bob also was instrumental in the development of the Heron Landing Golf Course. He was a proud member of Couchiching First Nation and served one term on council.
In 2008, Bob had the honour of playing with the Canadian Legend NHL Stars, alongside of Bryan Trottier, Dale Hawerchuk, and Glenn Anderson. Bobby loved his Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Red Sox, and recently watched the Blackhawks bring home the Stanley Cup.
Bob loved spending time on the lake with his family and friends, and he loved his golf tournaments with the Crowes. Bob was also Assistant Coach for the Fort Frances Lakers and took great pride in coaching.
Bobby is survived by his wife, Leeann; daughters, Jillian and Joleigh; mother, Joan; father, Ron; brother, Blake; sister, Lana; niece, Jena; in-laws, Ed and Mary Johnson, Terry, Rick (Phyl), Joe (Patti), Kathy (Jim), and Mary (Brent); nieces and nephews, Amanda, Matt, Todd, Jay, Chris, Jeremy, Anissa, Ria, Aimee, Dawn, Heather, Katie, and Tanner, and their spouses and children; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins on the Mainville and Copenace families; and Bob’s special godson, Michael.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena, with services by Jack Cameron and prayers offered by Deacon Mr. Elmer Mainville.
Interment will take place at a later date.
The honourary pallbearers will be his O.P.P. brothers and sisters; and Bobby’s closest friends at the time of his passing, O.J., Wayne, Jigs, Cool, Chachi, Sean and Dave Tag, J-Roc, Neil, Frankie, Bob, Took, Milt, Kippy, Bucky, Mounkers, Big Boy, Jordy, Larry, and T.J.
Bobby, you will always be loved and missed by your family and friends, but we can only imagine the greeting you got from your friends, Hopper, Sandford, Beef, Nick, Robbie, Brad, R.J., and Bogers in heaven.
You are a true friend who will never be forgotten.
In memoriam donations may be made to either the Royal Bank in Fort Frances, Ont. until Aug. 9, 2010, into a trust fund set up for Jillian and Joleigh, or to the Fort Frances Lakers in memory of Bob c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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