Speed Skating Canada saddened by the loss of Mr. Robert Planert

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mr Robert (Bob) Planert on Thursday, November 25th. Bob was heavily involved in speed skating throughout his life, building and contributing to the sport in many ways. His early involvement included becoming a master craftsman of Planert speed skates, used by skaters all over the world. As one of the founders of the K-W Sertoma Speedskating Club, Bob coached and mentored many skaters to great success. He was affectionately known as “Pops” to the skating community and in later years served in various officiating roles throughout North America. His contributions were acknowledged through numerous awards, including Speed Skating Canada’s official of the year award and being inducted into both the Canadian Speedskating and USA Speedskating Halls of Fame.

Bob Planert and his family have continued to make incredible contributions to the sport and he will be greatly missed by all the speed skating community. The Board of Directors and staff of Speed Skating Canada wish to express their sincerest sympathy to Loraine, Bob’s wife of 63 years, to Gregg and Glenn, their two sons, as well as to the rest of their family and friends.

Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home , 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Monday, November 29th from 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 322 East Avenue, Kitchener. Reception to follow the service. Cremation has taken place. Donations in Bob’s memory can be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice and can be arranged through the funeral home, 519-745-8445?. For more information about the arrangements or to make an online donation, please click here.