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COORDS, Robert ROBERT HARRISON COORDS December 6, 1942 - June 29, 2014 Robert H. (Bob) Coords passed away peacefully at his home in Coconut Grove, FL on June 29, 2014, subsequent to a short period of various health challenges he was unable to overcome. His sudden death leaves a dramatic feeling of emptiness in the hearts of all who knew, loved and worked with him. Bob was a career banker who most recently served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coconut Grove Bank and Coconut Grove Bankshares from May 15, 2009 to July 17, 2013. He served as Corporate Executive Vice President of SunTrust Banks Inc. and served as its Chief Risk Officer from December 9, 2004 to July 1, 2007. Prior to this, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Efficiency and Quality Officer of SunTrust Banks Inc. He joined SunTrust predecessor, Flagship Bank Miami in 1973 after spending three years with Wachovia Bank in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He held increasingly responsible positions in data processing, trust and branch banking and served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Flagship Bank Miami starting in 1982. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Bank in Miami starting in 1990, and also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Bank, South Florida starting in 1996. Bob served on the Board of Directors of the 6th Federal Reserve District Miami Branch, served as the Chairman for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and was Chairman of the Florida International University Foundation Board. As a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way, Dade County, he chaired the very successful 1992 fundraising campaign. Bob was a graduate of Wake Forest University and attended the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and Duke University Fuqua School Leadership programs. In addition to his professional achievements, Bob was an avid boater who held a US Coast Guard Captain's license and enjoyed taking family and friends out on Biscayne Bay and through the Florida Keys. He was an All-American swimmer and attended college on a swimming scholarship while achieving a degree in English. He was a Captain in the US Army from 1966 to 1970, serving in Vietnam, Germany and Picatinny Arsenal in Rockaway Township NJ. Bob was the consummate role model and served as a mentor not only to his sons but to a myriad of successful bankers. He was a generous listener and his door was always open. Bob's visionary ability contributed greatly to all of the organizations he served. He had a keen sense of honesty and fairness in his interactions with everyone. He was focused and tenacious but at the same time never far away from a good laugh. His puckish humor delighted those whose lives he touched and his loved ones always relished time spent with him. Bob's untimely passing leaves a void in the lives of all who came within his sphere of influence. Nonetheless, he would not want anyone to belabor a sense of loss, but rather, he would appreciate it if those he leaves behind take up the values and spirit he displayed, and use his past guidance to create their own success. Bob leaves behind a loving family of sons Hunter (Allison) of Winston Salem, NC and Graham (Camille) of Miami, FL and five grandchildren, loving partner Debbie Meguiar of Coconut Grove, FL, sisters Joan Kipe (H. Spencer) of Tequesta, FL, Bonnie C. Alder (Jonathan) of Greenville, NC and brother Dwight Allen Coords (Cindy) of Franklinville, NY. Services will be conducted at Plymouth Congregational Church located at 3400 Devon Rd. Miami FL, 33133 at 10:30 am on Thursday July 3, 2014. The family suggests donations to Wake Forest University P.O. Box 7227 Winston-Salem NC 27109 or https://secure.www.wfu.edu/giving. Arrangements by Stanfill Funeral Home (www.stanfillfh.com)
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 1, 2014
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