October 16, 1940
August 19, 2023
Robert William Saari, known as Bob, peacefully passed away at his home on August 19, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones. Born on October 16, 1940, in Sudbury, Ontario, Bob was the son of Jalmar Saaristo and Maria (Mary) Saari. Growing up on Maki Avenue with his brother Donny, Bob faced the tragic loss of their father on October 28, 1954. Throughout his life, Bob cherished the enduring friendships he formed with Leonard, Bruno, and Kenny.
After completing his education in metallurgical engineering at Queens University in Kingston, Bob met his wife, Carol Margaret Hitchcock. The couple exchanged vows on August 6, 1966. Initially residing in Mississauga and Burlington, they welcomed their son Darryl Gordon Saari into the world in May 1970. Bob joined Canadian Liquid Air and was later relocated to the Edmonton office in 1977. Subsequently, his career led him to Edmonton Iron Works in Nisku, Alberta, and further roles as a lobbyist. Even after his return to Ontario in 2010, Bob remained dedicated to his work with the Alberta Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Association.
Upon moving back to London, Ontario, Bob and Carol sought to be closer to their son Darryl, daughter-in-law Julie, and their beloved grandchildren, Jared and Jordyn. Bob took pleasure in various hobbies, such as golfing, crafting golf clubs, cycling, using the sauna, and enjoying a beer with friends. His friendly nature led him to strike up conversations with anyone, whether it be a server at a restaurant, a stranger on a plane, or someone at Rev3K.
In his later years, Bob faced health challenges, being diagnosed with multiple myeloma and pancreatic cancer. Despite the difficult journey, the family is grateful for the exceptional care provided by the dedicated medical professionals at Victoria Hospital and the palliative care team. In accordance with Bob’s wishes, there will be no funeral or visitation. Instead, donations can be made to the London and District Myeloma Support Group, the Walk of Champions, or Pancreatic Research.