Robert “Bob” O. Westfall

November 26, 1937 ~ March 30, 2021

Robert “Bob” O. Westfall, 83 years young, loving husband of Jane, passed away peacefully at hospice house in Vero Beach on March 30, 2021.
Beloved father of Kirsten Fryling and granddaughter, Kaia and stepfather to Kirsten Johnson (Allan) and granddaughter, JD.
Predeceased by his older brother Bud, he leaves behind his brother, Richard; sister, Beth King; sisters-in-law, Wilma Rhodes, and Eileen Barnes; and many nieces and nephews and grands.
Bob was born in Albany, NY and was an engineering graduate from Union College in Schenectady, NY. His career included management positions at a number of firms, but his favorite was at Graphic Controls in Clayton, NY from which he retired. He loved the Thousand Islands and boating and fishing with his wife, Jane.
After retirement he moved to Florida and continued to work until his 70s, including as a Medical Courier in Vero Beach.
Bob was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed by all.

Condolence

Wilma Rhodes

April 1, 2021, 11:24 pm

Bob is my sweet brother-in-law who was much loved by me and my late husband Bill. We spent many happy times with Bob and Janie in Florida and up north at our island cottage on Georgian Bay. I can still hear his laughter and see his goofy smile ( no offence intended ) when some mischief was perpetuated by Bill. One memorable event that I recall was when Bob ,a huge fan, met Anne Murray after a performance in Alexandria Bay. He had a huge smile that went from ear to ear.
Bob fought the good fight and his Canadian family will miss him dearly.

Jane Westfall

April 1, 2021, 11:34 pm

A special thank you to all those who assisted me. Especially Sharon Thomas, CNA, who lovingly cared for Bob daily and Jennifer Taylor who filled in. To Kirsten Fryling, who came to be with her Dad and I. To my daughter Kirsten, husband Allan and dear granddaughter JD who cried with me and would be here if it weren’t for Covid. To the hospital nurses and aides who were wonderful to him and the exceptional but brief care at Hospice of Vero Beach. To nephew Chuck(Susan) who came. To niece Charlene(Bill) for the beautiful flowers. To my neighbors for their thoughts and prayers. Also thanks to the Trilogy Home Care staff who brought him back twice so he could stay at home with me for the last five years. I am ever grateful for the support and kindness of so many and hope I haven’t left anyone out. Sincerely, Jane

Eleanor Marquardt

April 2, 2021, 4:06 am

Janie, my dear friend of 60 years, we are so very sorry for your loss of dear sweet Bob. How we looked forward to you cruising into our dock years ago at the island with Bob at the helm, grinning from ear to ear. He did love that boat:) We so enjoyed our visits with you at your home in Vero Beach over the past few years. In spite of failing health, Bob always maintained his sense of humour with that twinkle in his eye, welcoming us with his warm smile. We too will really miss him. He was so lucky to have your love and wonderful care Janie. You are in our thoughts constantly – wish we lived closer. Eleanor and Chuck xo

Joe O’Neill

April 2, 2021, 2:04 pm

Joe & Judy O’Neill
April 2 2021

Jane: Judy and I are so sorry to here of Bob’s passing. Bob and I became good friends when he became manager at GC Clayton and I enjoyed working with him and his management style.
Judy & I spent a lot of time with you and Bob enjoying the St. Lawrence river in our boats and having lunch at the Clipper Inn.
We send our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Joe & Judy O’Neill, Kanata , Ontario

Al Quirin

April 2, 2021, 2:51 pm

Bob was a wonderful man who fought a courageous battle with the incredible support of his loving wife Jane.
His friends at Citrus Springs will miss him dearly.His sense of humor made him the life of the poker parties despite
him taking our money.What a great storyteller and free spirit!Bob,enjoy the “other side” and let us know what happens there!!!

Joe ONeill

April 2, 2021, 2:58 pm

Jane: Judy & I are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. The GC Clayton and Gananoque factories had a lot in common so I got to know Bob very well through business and appreciated his management style.
Like everyone else in these two small river communities our friendship expanded to the St. Lawerence RIver and Judy and I would boat to Clayton and join you and Bob for dinner sometimes at the Clipper Inn. They were great times and Bob always had a joke or story to tell. Unforgettable times!
Please keep in touch.

Joe & Judy O’Neill
Kanata, Ontario

Paula Shipman

April 2, 2021, 7:33 pm

Hi Janie, Unfortunately I never got to know Bob except for spending one lunch with you both. Sounds like he was a remarkable guy. Sending my sincere condolences and prayers. Be strong and hopefully you can travel soon to see your family & friends here in Canada. Paula

Joyce Phillips

April 3, 2021, 1:03 pm

Jane,
We are very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We have so many good memories of fun times with you both. Whether it was boating on the St. Lawrence, dining at the Clipper Inn or socializing at each other’s home we always had laughter and great conversations. It was always a special treat to hear Bob serenade us on the piano. Good times.
Our warmest wishes go to you and your family at this difficult time.
Sincerely Joyce and Paul Phillips
Gananoque Canada

Sharon Thomas

April 3, 2021, 4:54 pm

My Sweet Bob, My name is Sharon Thomas and I was Bob’s caregiver for 2 1/2 years. Bob was a good man! He was so caring to me since the first day I started working for him. Bob, Jane and I developed a strong bond. I really looked forward to seeing and talking with the both of them. Bob will greatly missed on earth but always in my heart. Love you Jane! Always remember I’m just a phone call away.

Sharon Thomas

April 3, 2021, 5:30 pm

My Sweet Bob! Hello there! My name is Sharon Thomas and I was Bob’s caregiver for 2 1/2 years. Bob was a Good Man! Bob was caring towards me since the first day I started working for him. Bob, Jane and I developed a strong bond. I looked forward to visiting and talking with the both of them. Bob, you will truly be missed here on earth but you will forever remain in my heart. RIP . I Love You Jane. Always remember I’m just a phone call away.

Keir and Marjorie

April 4, 2021, 12:56 am

Jane, Keir and I were very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We appreciated and enjoyed our visit’s with you and Bob. I know he is in a better place free from pain and in the arms of Our Lord. I know you are a strong woman and will take care of yourself. This Covid certainly made the travelling very hard. The border is still closed to us unless we fly and then we (Candian’s) have to isolate for 14 days once we return home. Let’s hope it will open by summer. Love and take care.

Kirsten

April 4, 2021, 10:23 am

Dad, thank you for always being there for me. I appreciate your love and support more than you will ever know. I’m so happy you and Jane found each other. I always knew you were in great hands and I never had to worry about your care. I’ll miss you always. You fought a long hard battle.Love you

Kirsten Fryling

April 4, 2021, 10:33 am

Dad, I appreciate all of your love and support more than you know. Will miss you always. Love you

Joyce Phillips

April 4, 2021, 2:06 pm

Jane
We are so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. We have warm memories of boating on the St. Lawrence river, socializing in each other’s homes and enjoying dinners at the Clipper Inn. There was always laughter and friendship. We so enjoyed being serenaded by Bob on the piano. Good times.
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Sincerely Joyce and Paul Phillips

Herbert Meyer

April 4, 2021, 2:58 pm

Bob was a very special person who I (and my wife, Diane) had the privilege to meet spanning many years. Every time was filled with fun and joy. He was a rare jewel and will be sadly missed.
REST IN PEACE,
Diane and Herb Meyer

Jennifer Taylor

April 5, 2021, 10:22 pm

Hi, my name is Jennifer Taylor. I would fill in for Sharon (his caregiver) on the weekends). In the time that I have had the privilege of working with him had been nothing short of amazing. He was such a kind, gentle, sweet and thoughtful man. He always asked how I was doing or with everything thats happening in the world, he would be sure to ask how I was feeling, and took the time to hear me. He and I would talk almost the entire time I was there. Jane would always chime in and they helped me through a very difficult divorce in the midst of a pandemic. I will always remember Bob and Jane. Two of the most genuine people I know. Jane you are in my thoughts and prayers. Bob adored you, and I pray that God will give you peace and joy in the midst of your loss. Love you!!

Corky Spelder

April 6, 2021, 6:46 pm

My Dear Bob, So glad we met you and Jane long ago one Sunday when we delivered flowers to your house after church. We seem to hit it off right away and it led to many, many HAPPY TIMES together. Dinners, card games, board games and many thanks to Bob for introducing me to coffee with Kahlua and whip cream. Bob was such a special, easy going and sometimes funny guy. Both Bob and Jane have meant so much to me and my late husband. We loved every minute we spent together. May god give you peace and strength at this difficult time Jane. You are in my thoughts every day and I send you love. Corky

susan gollogly

April 8, 2021, 3:21 pm

Dear Jane – we were very sorry to hear the sad news of your dear husband Bob. Unfortunately we never had the opportunity of meeting him but have heard wonderful stories about Bob through your good friends Chuck and Eleanor over the years. We hope and pray you can find some comfort and strength in knowing your friends and family are there for you in this truly difficult time.
Our condolences, Rodger and Susan Gollogly

Kirsten Johnson

April 14, 2021, 1:21 am

For more than 30 years, Bob was a second father to me as well as the love of my mother’s life and her best friend. Though we only got to see Mom and Bob once a year due to distance, Bob was my daughter’s beloved Grampy and my husband’s spring hockey buddy and his true father-in-law. We have so many great memories and Bob will live on in them forever. We will miss you so much, Bob, and are grateful to those who made your last days comfortable. We were lucky to get a chance to sat goodbye, even though we couldn’t be there in person. Always in our hearts and until we meet again. Love you always and we will look after Mom for you. Love, Kirsten, Allan and JD

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