SPARK, Robert “Bob“ John Grant - In loving memory of Robert “Bob“ John Grant Spark 69 years, Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at Health Sciences North. Beloved father of Robert Guthrie Spark, (Merideth) of Sudbury. Cherished son of Guthrie and Lenore (Gies) Spark both predeceased. Loving brother of James Reid Andrew Spark, (Marlene) of York, Pennsylvania. Dear uncle of James John Robert Spark of York Pennsylvania. Loving friend of Heather Doran Spark. Born in Sudbury, he attended Elm St Public School, Sudbury High School, Laurentian University, and the University of Toronto. He worked for the Sudbury Board of Education at Lasalle Secondary School as a music teacher. A professional musician, he centered his life around music, playing with bands, teaching many students, and providing musical leadership at Knox Presbyterian Church and All People's United Church. Bob was President of the Sudbury Federation of Musicians and past member of Kiwanis Club of Sudbury. He won many awards for piano, trumpet, and accordion performances. Bob studied under: Janetta Mustard; Karl Pukara; Emil First; Reginald Stewart of the University of Anne Arbour, Michigan; Clifford Poole, Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto; and Boris Berlin, Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto. When his health restricted his performing, music always remained in Bob's heart. He will be sadly missed, but remembered for his quiet strength. At Bob's request there will be no public visitation, a private family committal service will be held at the family plot in Park Lawn Cemetery at a later date. If desired, donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Kiwanis Music Festival or The Joan Mantle Music Foundation, care of Rainbow District School Board. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. . .I am making everything new.“ -Revelation 21:4 (Arrangements entrusted to the LOUGHEED FUNERAL HOME) To light a memorial candle, flowers, donations or messages of condolences available on-line at www.lougheed.org 12466826
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Posted by Emma Gies-Goedhuis (cousin) On Wednesday, June 19, 2013
With deepest sympathy and fond memories.
Posted by Ouellette. Claude, Linda & Family (Related & Friends in Faith) On Monday, June 17, 2013
To Bob's family & extended family, we are truly
sorry for your loss. Bob will be reunited with
his parents & spend Christmas with Jesus. Bob
had so many talents which he shared. God Has
many rooms in His heavenly Home & one of the
best is reserved for him as he was the BEST.
We will make a donation to a Childrens'
Charity in Bob's memory.
Bob is gone to a place of BEAUTY, LOVE, PEACE &
JOY. Heaven must have needed a musician.
You are ALL in our thoughts & PRAYERS.
Posted by Adrien Lamoureux (his Red Cross swim instructor Bell Park) On Sunday, June 16, 2013
Robert was a rather special student in the water. He was a quick learner and devoted to success. 10 years later my son Pierre was taking piano lessons from Robert at his home. We both cherish fond memories of him.We moved from Sudbury over 40 years ago and lost touch. But his memory has been with us all these years, which is a testament to what he was and how he could touch people. My sincere condolences to all those he left behind
Posted by Lorraine Sunday (Music Acquaintance) On Friday, June 14, 2013
Memories of the times I played the piano against Bob are unforgettable. My last competition was a duet with Carol Hitchcock against Bob & Jan Marie Mustard.Carol & I lost before we played b/c we did not choose a classical composer as did Bob&Jan.Bob came over & shook my hand feeling badly for the reason stated.
I have never forgotten the days we always tried to outdo the other. No more competitions,Bob! Thoughts of yesteryears are with me forever. Thanks for being the gentleman you were with me!
Posted by Bradley Dow (Student) On Friday, June 14, 2013
I was a student at Lasalle in the late 70's/early 80's. I can remember the look in Bob's eye as we did what any normal 15-18 yr old would do. I am sure it was frustrating and funny at the same time. As time passes, you come to realize the patience he had as we tried to find our way in the world.
Fast forward to today and I want you to know that, as a teacher, he has touched lives to an extent that few other can.