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Robert Prior

Robert David Prior

Tuesday, October 3rd, 1939 - Friday, May 22nd, 2020
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PRIOR, Robert David (a.k.a HOSS) passed away peacefully on Friday May 22, 2020 after a long, courageous battle with congestive heart failure & suffering a stroke in 2016.

Bob was a devoted husband to the love of his life, Jane (nee MacIntosh), whom he married on May 28, 1966. Many remember the infamous fire truck ride that Bob & Jane took after reciting their vows on that day-Bob’s smirk-priceless. He was a loving dad to his daughters; Holly (Mike) Joseph, and Sherry (Nathan) Beninger. His support and guidance was a testament of his love for them. He was the proud grandpa to four wonderful grandchildren whom he adored; Sarah, Victoria, Allyssa and Dustin. His stories, too many to count, along with his infectious laugh, they will always cherish. Bob will be missed by his sister Norma (Keith) Tripp, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

After graduating highschool, Bob apprenticed under his father & uncle at the family business, Prior Tinsmithing & Sheet Metal, as a gas fitter & sheet metal fabricator. All this while serving as a volunteer firefighter for the town of Hespeler. In 1973, the opportunity of a lifetime opened up when he joined the Cambridge Fire Department. Bob lived out his dream of being a professional firefighter until his retirement in 1999.

Bob loved sports; especially hockey & baseball. His fast ball pitch was famous around the area-all who played against him knew they were in for a competitive game with “Hoss” on the mound. He could be seen still playing hockey with the Oldtimers Hockey League and pitching on the mound well into his retirement years.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at St. Luke’s Place, Cambridge for their kind & compassionate care of Bob during his time there.

A private family viewing and cremation have taken place. Bob was a man who loved life, loved people and loved to talk! So it is with this we will honour “HOSS” during a celebration of life at a later date when current restrictions are lifted. We look forward to gathering with those whose lives he touched to share memories at that time.

Condolences for the family and donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or St. Luke’s Place, may be arranged through the Lounsbury Funeral Home at or 519-658-9366.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”~ Dr. Seuss
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Mike Gaetan

Posted at 11:35am
R.I.P., Hoss. Spent many good times at the fire hall with this smiling, funny laughing guy, fishing, playing hockey. He had a wrist shot that would scare anyone and when he tightened the old type hose line's by hand, you would need two guy's to uncouple them. Thought's and prayer's to Bob"s family and to the Tripp family also. Mike and Christine Gaetan.

John Cholewa

Posted at 04:21pm
I had the pleasure of working with Bob "Hoss" for quite a few years, one of the best to work with.
At a fire, you could always rely on "Hoss "to have your back!
We, the crew also shared a few good laughs when we went fishing on my boat especially when Hoss had that big grin and his big "haw haw laugh while landing fish.
My sincere condolences to all of the family!

John Cholewa

John Stoddart

Posted at 07:43pm
Had the pleasure of playing ball with Horse in the late 70's He was the wiley veteran and most of us were mere rookies.He could throw it by them or trick em with a slow one.On the nights he was pitching you always knew you were going to get his best. Those were good times. I know for a fact there was a guy from Saginaw who never forgot Bobby after he put him in a death grip(handshake) Horse didnt know his own strength and the guys arm was going white but Bobby and the Kens Autobody players laughed and laughed and laughed until he finally let go. Saginaw guy didnt think it was so funny!! Condolences to Jane and family.RIP Bob. The pleasure was all mine

Posted at 05:25pm
Jane and Family...I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I always enjoyed chatting with you both on my way home from volunteering. Bob was always out and about in St.Lukes with the other residents. He is now at more suffering. R.I.P.

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