Robert Arthur Gingras

February 1st, 1947December 11th, 2018


Bob Gingras, of Erie, CO passed away in his home on December 11, 2018. He was 71 years old. Bob was born in San Diego, California on February 1, 1947 to Charles and Ruth (Coffey) Gingras. He was the youngest of four children.  He was hydrocephalic (water on the brain) as an infant which impaired his vision and affected his sense of balance.  He did not have an easy childhood but made the very best of it! He grew up in the San Diego area and earned his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, and then wanted a change of environment and went on to earn a master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University in 1971. Bob then moved to Long Beach, California to begin his 36-year long career as a social worker for the Veterans Administration.   

He married his first wife Catherine (Weismantel) in 1973. Over the years, Bob and Catherine were foster parents to thirteen children, including becoming a legal guardian to Shila Smith and Jason Asaeli. They had a very loving relationship for 28 years. Bob cared for Catherine during her battle with cancer until she passed away in 2001.  

Bob met Cathy (Arnerich-Clark) in 2002 and both soon knew this was a match made in heaven and married in 2004.  In 2007, Bob retired and they moved to Erie, Colorado to be near the eldest grandchildren. He had a great love for family. Bob also loved the outdoors. He enjoyed gardening (especially tending to his rose bushes), fishing, camping and swimming. Bob also thrived in the great indoors with his love of music, baking, cooking and reading to children and for his own pleasure. His favorite drink to accompany all these activities was Pepsi.

Bob started smoking in high school at a time when smoking was popular and the harm of such was unknown.  Over the years he developed diabetes, a heart condition, lung disease and kidney disease. His kidneys failed in October 2017 when he began receiving hemodialysis and quit smoking for the last time.  In March of 2018, Bob decided peritoneal dialysis was much better for his lifestyle. Dialysis gave Bob 14 more months to enjoy his family and create a multitude of additional memories. Vascular disease became evident in Bob’s hand and feet and caused him great pain his last month of life.  In Bob’s weakened condition arterial by-pass surgery was not recommended by his most trusted doctors. But Bob kept the same loving attitude as he did his entire life, never woe is me, never a complaint about what could be better, he was just always most concerned about those caring for him.  

Preceding him in death were his parents, brother Bill Gingras, and sister Ginger (Gingras) Buvens.  

Bob is survived by his wife Cathy, 4 children: Renee (Gary) Beck, James (Angel) Gingras, Cindy (Jerry) Noe, and Debbie (Brian) Harris; 9 grandchildren: Nikki, Alana, and Willow Beck, Seth-James and Briann-Anela Gingras, Hannah and Mary Noe, Sam and Trevor Harris; brother Don (Jo) Gingras; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Bob’s name to either the National Kidney Foundation ( or the American Diabetes Association (  


Life is but a stopping place,
a pause in what's to be,
a resting place along the road
to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys,
different paths along the way.
We all were meant to learn some things,
but never meant to stay…
Our destination is a place
far greater than we know.
For some, the journey quicker,
for some the journey's slow.
And when the journey finally ends,
we'll claim a great reward,
and find everlasting peace,
together with the Lord.



The Rosary Service will be held on Friday December 28th, at 10:30 a.m.m at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lafayette and followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. The family invites guests to join them for a reception at church following the mass.


Services in California will be held in Huntington Beach at S.S. Simon and Jude Catholic Church on Wednesday January 2nd at 10:00 a.m. The family invites guests to join them for a reception immediately following the service at Village Townhomes Clubhouse, 9635 Cornwall Drive, Huntington Beach, 92646






Immaculate Conception Catholic Church


Sweet Bob, you are already missed so very much. I'm forever grateful to have gotten to know you. You have been the definition of grace under fire. Love and hugs.
Remembering the song that you enjoyed so much that was about West Virginia being almost heaven. When the singer sang "West Virginia", you sang the word "California". Years later, Colorado too becomes almost heaven. Well,"almost heaven" now IS Heaven! Hey, you earned it, for sure. Love, Joseph C Weismantel
Bob seeing you at the end was very special. Saying goodbye you called me caboose. So special that you did that. You have had a hard life but I am so happy that you found a great love and enjoyed these last years with her. Say hi to my mom and see you soon at the diner.