2008-05-01 / Obituaries

Robert Siira

Robert A. Siira, a former Sault Ste. Marie and Drummond Island resident, was known as an expert crane operator, and family members said he was known for his sense of daring, and his nickname was "the daredevil." Mr. Siira passed away peacefully at age 79, in Goldthwaite, Texas, February 22, 2008.

He was born December 16, 1928, in Sault Ste. Marie, the youngest of two children. His parents, Olga and Andrew Siira, moved to Drummond Island in his early childhood. He readily fit into life on the island, where he made friends easily and loved spending time outdoors.

Mr. Siira served overseas in the United States Army during World War II. Following discharge from the service, he settled in Richmond, Virginia, where he and his wife, Fay, reared their son, Raymond.

Shortly after his wife, Fay passed away, Mr. Siira became involved with the hobby of operating H.A.M. radios.

He is the former president of the Coppernas Cove CB Radio Club. He and his second wife, Joyce, participated in the hobby together, and made friends over the airwaves all over the world. They had several albums full of photographs and memorabilia commemorating events and activities they experienced through their hobby.

Mr. Siira lived away from the area for many years, but his heart was always on Drummond Island, friends recall. He was especially close to his three nieces who kept in touch with him through the years.

Mr. Siira is survived by his sister, Gertrude Napolean, a former Sault Ste. Marie resident who recently moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, and three nieces, JoAnn (nee Napolean) Landini of Barbeau, Vikki (nee Napolean) Bittner of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Debbie Napolean of Mattawan.

He was preceded in death by his first wife and second wife, and by his son, Raymond.

Mr. Siira's ashes will be buried together with his second wife, Joyce. Private services will be held at a later date.

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