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LaPOINTE ROBERT J. January 31, 2012 age 66 of Canton. Loving husband of Carol. Beloved father of Renee (Doug) Babcock, Bo, Daniel, and Karen (Jeffrey) Reich. Dear brother of Bonnie (Tim) Wyman. Proud Papa of Brooke and Daniel Babcock, Andrew, Marynn, and Cameron LaPointe, and Sydney, Liam, and Genevieve Reich. Bob had a 42 year career as a football coach and teacher. He coached and taught at Dearborn Divine Child, Harper Woods Notre Dame, and Belleville High Schools, as well as Eastern Michigan University. His coaching highlights include winning the Class B High School State Championship with Dearborn Divine Child in 1975, and breaking the EMU losing streak in 1982. Visitation Thursday 4-9 p.m. and Friday 3-9 p.m. at Vermeulen Funeral Home, 46401 W Ann Arbor Rd (btwn Sheldon & Beck) Plymouth. In state Saturday 9:30 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral service at Ward Presbyterian Church, 40000 Six Mile Road (At Haggerty) Northville. Interment Glen Eden Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Belleville High School Football Program, 501 W Columbia, Belleville MI 48111. To share memories please visit

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Rashaad Atkins02/02/2012

This is a very sad day for many young men who's life coach touched you will be sadly missed. My prayers will always be with the family.

Tonya Holmes02/02/2012

There are no goodbyes for us, wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts.

Rick Rogowski02/02/2012

To Mrs. LaPointe, Renee, Bo, Danny, and Karen I am so sorry about your loss. As there are no words which will remove the pain and heartache of losing your husband and father I pray you will find some comfort in knowing the sacrifices "Coach" made and the sacrifices you made as a family of a football coach allowed him to touch and construtively influence the lives of countless young men. Your husband and father has left his indelible mark, and that is eternal!

Dick Look02/02/2012

God Bless Bob, loyal coach and fraternity brother. We will all miss you!

Eric Woodhouse02/02/2012

You taught us how to be men and that life has many lessons. It is our job to overcome them. I will never forget the blood sweat and tears I gave you on the grid iron. Harper Woods ND 1991.

Dave Swoish02/02/2012

Coach taught all of us who played for him and enduring lesson in life: "Always keep your chin strap buckled." 30 years later, that still applies. He was a good man. Condolences to the family.

Matt Gazdecki02/02/2012

Very sorry to hear of your father's passing, Renee and Bo. May God Bless him and keep him in the palm of his hand.

Erick Allgood02/06/2012

Sorry For Your Lost He Well Be Miss May God Be With You All He Was A Good Coach At The High School Are Prayers Will Be You All

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