Robert Anthony (Bob) Irvin

Robert Anthony (Bob) Irvin

GAINESVILLE, FL: Robert Anthony (Bob) Irvin was born to Mary and Nelson Irvin in Marion, Ohio on December 19, 1927, the youngest of 11 children, all of whom predeceased him. He died on September 1, 2013 at home in Gainesville, FL surrounded by his loving family.

Bob celebrated 61 years of marriage with his high school sweetheart Nettie this June. Together they raised nine children in Ohio and Florida. Bob's family was his greatest source of joy in a life filled with laughter and love.

His professional and personal lives blended seamlessly; he was son, brother, husband, father, uncle, teacher, coach, leader and mentor to his children, 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family of former students and athletes in both Ohio and Florida. His career included many highlights; he was especially proud of his induction into the Ohio Northern University and Miami Coral Park High School Athletic Halls of Fame. Bob was passionate about his life and the people in it. He never met a stranger and collected friends everywhere he worked and lived. He was generous with his love, wisdom, wit, time and resources. He was the first to congratulate, console, offer a kiss or a hug to assuage any injury, and the last to criticize.

Bob served in the U.S. Army Infantry from 1946-48 with a year of duty in Korea.

Bob's wife and children, Ruth (Michael), Linda (Bob), Terry (Steve), Bob (Evelyn), Nancy (Benjamin), Peggy (Jim), Jeff (Shelly), Jim and Jenny (Rick); as well as his grandchildren Melissa, Michael, Josh, Alysha, Britne, Jarid, David, Emily, Justin, Cory, Courtney, Breanna and Trace; and great-grandchildren Max, Anna, R J, Camden, Ella and J D; are comforted by that unconditional love as we face our lives without him.

A memorial service at St. Madeleine Catholic Church, 17155 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs, FL will be at 10:30am Saturday, September 7th.

In lieu of flowers please send contributions to or the Alachua County Haven Hospice.


Funeral Home

Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Downtown
404 North Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 376-7556

Published in the The Marion Star on Sept. 4, 2013