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Robert S Sparrow
  • August 27, 1929
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  • March 30, 2017

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Robert Sparrow (“Bob” or “Gaga”) died March 30, 2017 in his Winter Park home, following a long illness which he stubbornly fought to the end.

He leaves his wife of 37 years, Lynne Sparrow.  Bob and Lynne loved each other from their first kiss, were inseparable, and they remained best friends until his passing.

Bob was born August 27, 1929 and was raised in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was an officer in the US Army who then went on to successful sales careers with companies such as National Cash Register, GTE and Panasonic.  Once he retired, Bob enjoyed watching his seven grandchildren grow and delighted in their accomplishments.  Ty, Bryan, Katie, Kristen, Christopher, Aaron and Lauren will all miss his sweet demeanor and unwavering support.  The only time Grandpa wasn’t calm was when he was cheering on his favorite football team, the Ohio State Buckeyes!

Bob will also be missed by his sister, Barbara Sparrow, and his children, Bruce Sparrow and Diane Gibson.  Diane will fondly remember, among other things, the meticulous hand drawn maps that her Dad would produce when she asked him for driving directions.

Bob was lucky to have a “second family” to love and celebrate life with, including Lynne’s children, Ellen Jacobs and Joe Broadhurst, along with their spouses, David Jacobs and Jeannie Broadhurst.  The family will especially treasure the fun times spent together by Lake Minnehaha.

Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (lls.org).  The family plans to hold a Celebration to honor Bob’s life at a later date.


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  1. 10 Jul 2020
    Kristen Broadhurst says:
    Whether physically related by blood or not, you were the kindest, most loving, downright funny grandfather to my sister, our cousins, and myself. The absolute best. Thank you for that. I miss you so, so much and would give anything to hear your laugh again. (P.S- I give you a 10/10 for catching grandmom’s eye!! She’s one of a kind, and I thank God for bringing you into our family, and for you making her the happiest woman alive) I hope you’re resting well, and know we love and think of you always <3

  2. 20 Apr 2017
    David Jacobs says:
    We all miss you so much Gaga!!! Until we are reunited, we will hold fast to the wonderful memories & countless blessings from having you in our lives. God Bless! We love you.

  3. 09 Apr 2017
    Karen Jacobs says:
    Bob, you will always be fondly remembered! Quick with a joke or a great story from your life, you always added value to the family. I'm grateful to have known you for a few years of your life.

  4. 09 Apr 2017
    Don Jacobs says:
    Sandy, Don and Greg Jacobs loved the many years they spent with Bob at David's house celebrating the many birthday's and holidays. We will miss Bob.

  5. 08 Apr 2017
    Becky says:
    Love and prayers for healing for Lynn and family as Bob is safely home.

  6. 08 Apr 2017
    Jennifer Corbett says:
    I'll always remember what a kind and wonderful man Uncle Bob was. He will be sadly missed by our whole family. Aunt Lynne and his family will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Love you...

  7. 08 Apr 2017
    Joe Broadhurst says:
    Bob,
    Thank you for being such a great husband for my mother, a fantastic step father to me & my wife and wonderful grandfather to my children. You've been a major part of my life for 39 years & I'll always cherish your kindness. We've all learned so much from you, one of the nicest people I'll ever know. So long for now. Regards.

  8. 07 Apr 2017
    Ellen Jacobs says:
    We miss you so much Gaga. You were so precious to Mom and my family and I'm just so blessed to have had the past 15 years with you close by. We love you.

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