Class of 1958
Below is the death notice of Robert Brock, Class of 1958. Please keep the Brock family in your prayers.
Robert (Bob) James Brock, of Medina, age 82, passed away on October 12, 2022. He was the loving son of Lillian (Fournier) and Ignatious Brock, a beloved husband of Mary Lou (Kubis) of 57 years, loving father of Kevin Brock, Keith (Susan) Brock, and Kelly (Jeff) Cashell, and dearest grandfather of Kai Kai Ye, Kevin Brock, Lilly Brock, Morgan Lehman, Drew Lehman, Mitch Lehman, Greg Lehman, Madelyn Cashell and Kiersten Cashell. Bob was a dear brother of and reunited with the late Marguerite (Art) Winter and the late William and brother-in-law to Dan (Elaine) Kubis and Nick Toth (Kathy Schick). He leaves behind many nieces and nephews, especially Karen Vance, Liz (Rob) Elizondo, Rose (Miles) Drake, and Sherri (Steve) Sarges; and special family Jeff (Deby) Romaniw.
Reflecting on the life of Bob Brock, words such as fun-loving, community, humorous, and family oriented come to mind, yet the most fitting to describe him is selfless. Bob had a generous heart and loved to gather with friends and family over the years. Exceptionally generous and caring, he leaves behind a beautiful collection of memories.
Bob was born on March 5, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio. He proudly graduated from St. Edward High School and then went on to work for his brother-n-law, Art, at the local market where he met and wooed Mary Lou. Mary Lou (as Bob would say "the love of his life") and Bob were married for 57 years and had 3 children that Bob was tremendously proud of and would jokingly say he only had them so he could have grandchildren. He talked passionately on a regular basis about his grandchildren and always loved to spend time with them including fun annual multi family vacations.
Mary Lou's childhood home included a river on which to ice skate, land to roam and explore and trees to climb. Bob wanted to recreate a similar childhood for his three children where most summers would be spent outside. So he and Mary Lou bought property in Medina on 4.5 acres of land and built a pond in front. Bob and Mary Lou experienced hard times with their builder that would test most relationships. Instead, making them stronger, they figured it out. Their good friend and neighbor Jim (the late Judy) Davis graciously jumped in to coach and guide Bob as they (and other friends and family) finished building Bob and Mary Lou's home of over 46 years. Bob and Mary Lou's children thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful childhood filled with swimming, fishing, ice skating and building forts in the backyard trees. The home became the place where countless family picnics and parties ensued filled with home cooked meals (including perogies) and always a lot of laughter. You could find Bob showing his competitive spirit during those family volleyball games.
After honing his building skills on his own home, being ever generous and always wanting to help, Bob selflessly helped countless friends and family with building basements, decks and other handyman projects.
Bob had the amazing pleasure of working with one of his best friends, Fred Frey, (whose wife, the late Jeanne Frey, was a cousin of Mary Lou) where they would win sales accolades that allowed them to sometimes travel to different parts of the world. His enjoyment of travel continued with many trips with close friends and family Dolores and George Smiley, Connie and Paul Kubis and Fred and Jeanne including a memorable trip in 2019 to Italy.While Bob had a successful career in sales, he regretted not finishing college. This shaped his vision of the importance of a college education and later he would say putting his three children through college was one of his proudest accomplishments.
A true people person and connector, after retirement, Bob created a community of spirited coffee goers who met every morning for the last 20 years at Paneras. (A special thanks to the team at Medina Paneras who graciously sent bagels upon learning of Bob's illness.) Bob had a special knack of seeing someone in need of connection, inviting them to join the group and immediately making them feel welcome. Bob didn't mince words and was beloved for his authentic nature.
Bob loved to golf and the friendships he made in the St. Francis Church league. You could find him on a daily basis spending hours maintaining his yard, gardening and picking a vase of flowers for Mary Lou. He also loved to paint and draw. During the pandemic, he proudly painted portraits of all his children and grandchildren. Bob liked to dance. We hope you are boogie-ing and showing off your dance moves in heaven.
We are grateful for Hospice of the Western Reserve whose helpfulness and compassion will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers or memorial contributions, please consider doing an act of kindness towards another, donating to St Jude's or Hospice.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 21, 2022 from 4-7 pm with a Memorial Service following at 7:00 pm, at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St., Medina, Ohio 44256.
Memories of Bob and condolences may be posted at www.waitefuneralhome.com
Posted on: October 27, 2022
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