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Obituary for Robert Alton "Bob" Ruttan

Robert Alton Ruttan, Deputy Fire Chief (retired), Scout Master 1st Paris (Scouter Bob retired)
August 27, 1946 – October 28, 2022
After a courageous 8 year fight with cancer, beloved husband and soul mate to Heather (Gibson), dearly loved Dad to Jody Ruttan (Angie), Kim Ruttan, James Wight (Louise), Gene Wight (Kate), Ken Wight (Becky). Will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Matthew, Ethan, Sarah, Cassidy, Anna, Cameron, Case and Carson all of whom he adored. Will be greatly missed by his sister Claudia Jungert, a brother Marty Ruttan (Lynn), sister-in-law Kathy and his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his Father Claude (Yum), Mother Mary and brother Tom.
Bob had a very fulfilling and rewarding career starting with Bill West, Ontario Land Surveyor as a Legal Land Survey Crew Chief, J.D. Lee Engineering as a Construction Inspector/Survey Crew Chief , City of Brantford as first a building inspector and then Senior Plans Examiner. But his ultimate dream job was when he started at the Brantford Fire Department as first a Fire Inspector, completing many training sessions one of which he was certified as a Fire and Explosion Investigator, moving up to Chief Fire Prevention Officer and then retiring as Deputy Fire Chief. Bob also was instrumental in the development, building and maintaining of the Children’s Safety Village of Brant serving on the board of directors for many years.
His personal interests and passions of which there were many included racing motorcycles earning the title of Ontario Champion in 1968, 1970 and 1972. Scout Master of 1st Paris Scout Troop for over 20 years, building and flying RC planes, woodworking, wood carving and many more passions.
Bob and Heather spent many years with their RV trailer traveling Ontario, Michigan and the East Coast meeting so many wonderful people and making lifelong friends.
Until cancer started to affect his abilities to help others physically, he was still able to help with his immense knowledge and always was there to lending a helping hand. He was known to many as MacGyver as he could build or create anything.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to his medical team, Dr. Gerard Quinn (retired), Dr. Multani, Dr. Bryan Lee, oncologist and his amazing staff Tina, Rachel, Melanie, Fran, Sherry, Amy and Katie. Dr. Singh and his wonderful nurse Lara. A huge thank you to the VON nurses Julia, Maria, Patty, Karen, Lori, Dianne and so many more. Also many thanks to Stedman Hospice and their caring, compassionate nurses and PSW’s
Friends may call at the Wm. Kipp Funeral Home, 184 Grand River St. N. Paris on Tuesday November 1, from 2-4 & 7-9 and Wednesday 2-4PM. A Family burial at St. James Cemetery, Paris.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stedman Hospice, Brantford Cancer Clinic, Lung Cancer Foundation
Online condolences and donations may be arranged through or by contacting WM. KIPP 519 442 3061