Robert (Bob) passed away peacefully, at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Monday, December 27, 2021 at the age of 77. Bob was beloved husband of the late Chris, dear father of Arthur Gerber, Alisa Piekny, Elena Gerber, and Kirsten Piekny, and proud grandfather of Eric, Jasmine, Jacob and Ava.
Bob was born in New Ulm, Minnesota and eventually settled in Big Bay, Ontario. He had a successful career with IBM and his work took him to many places including Chicago, London (England), and Toronto among others. He enjoyed sports, exploring the wilderness, visiting new places and experiencing new cultures including developing a love of jazz music. With his wife Chris, they built their ‘dreamhouse’ on 100 acres in Big Bay, near Owen Sound, Ontario. Their land bordered the Bruce trail with amazing views overlooking Georgian Bay and the Niagara Peninsula. They enjoyed spending time with other members of the community, and Bob kept busy gardening and bird watching along with bbqs and visits with neighbours. Of course, anyone who knew Bob knew that he loved dogs, and he and his family had many over the years. In recent years his favourite breed were the fun-loving, slobbery newfies that he took on endless walks and who enjoyed winter the most. First and foremost, he prioritized family and friends. He would visit his family in the US, who are scattered across several states, and was particularly close to his sister Mary. He was a loving father and grandfather who was selfless and provided support whenever it was needed. He accepted others readily and was quick to volunteer and help others in need. Up until the very end he was always thinking of others, and many people will have their own special memories of Bob. He will be sorely missed.
A memorial service will be held at a later date with details to be announced.
Memorial donations to the Bruce Trail Conservancy would be appreciated by the family.
Bruce Trail Conservancy
PO Box 857, Hamilton ON L8N3N9