Hello Triscuit: Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your father. I was fortunate enough to work as an apprentice under Bob when I worked at Crothers many years ago. It was only for a short period but he left a lasting impression on me for his professionalism, calmness and the need to sometimes think outside the box when looking for solutions.
I recently rejoined the Ontario Cat Dealer and although it was after Bob had retired his name still came up on a regular basis. He was always spoke of in a highly respected manner and anyone that apprenticed under him or worked with him will agree that they became a better Technician and person for it.
I heard about his passing through an internal email and unfortunately was working out of province when heard the news, otherwise I would have paid my respects at the funeral home.
Once again please pass on my sympathies to your family, Scott.