Robert George Townsend(1940 - 2018)

Robert G. Townsend, Jr. age 77,
passed away unexpectedly on May 30,
2018 at Lutheran Hospital In Wheat
Ridge, Colorado,
Robert, called Bob, was born in Miami,
Florida, August 5th 1940 to Robert
George Townsend Sr. and Margaret
Grimes. At the age of 5 he moved
to Colorado Springs.. In childhood he
became interested in music and took
up his lifelong passion, playing the
violin. Robert attended Palmer High
School, and met his first wife to be,
Judith Werschky in 1955.
After graduating High School in
1957, Robert attended Wichita State
University and graduated in 1961,
with a double major in violin and
flute, later earning a master's degree
in Music Education. Robert and Judith
married in '61 and settled back in
Colorado. He taught instrumental
music in Jefferson County Schools
from 1961 until retirement in 1994.
For the majority of his teaching career
he was Assistant Band Director and
Orchestra Director at Arvada High
School. His first wife's illness forced
him to give up the additional responsibilities
of high school in 1981, and
transfer to elementary schools to
complete his career.
Passion for music led to varied outside
activities, including strolling in
the Brown Palace Hotel's San Marco
Room the 1970-80's, later conducting
the Broomfield Community Orchestra,
recently playing with the Jefferson
Symphony, and playing for countless
parties, weddings and New Years.
He was preceded in Death by his
father in 1969, his first wife Judith,
in 1984, after a long illness, and
his mother Margaret in 2002. He
is survived by his 2nd wife, Carol
Thompson Ziegler Townsend, his 2
Sons Vaughn ( & Andy [Partner]) and
Troy (& Monica [Wife], Step-Daughter
Isabel Sanden and Step-Son Samuel
Ziegler (& Laura [Wife]) and 10
Grandchildren.
A Musical Memorial Service was
held June 20, 2018 at the Jefferson
Unitarian Church attended by family,
friends, former students, and colleagues.

Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from June 20 to July 19, 2018