Robert Lawrence Sans
August 10, 1928 - July 11, 2013
Robert Lawrence Sans was born in 1928 in San Francisco California to Ethel and Justin Sans. Bob attended St. Cecelia's Elementary School, Lincoln High School, and Santa Clara University. In 1951 he married his lifelong sweetheart Claire and together they had six children.
Bob and Claire settled in Redwood City California, living in the same residence for 60 years. Together they were active in the community and St. Pius Parish.
Dad led by example and was considered a respected leader by the organizations he belonged to. He was an active member of Peninsula Sunrise Rotary, the Salvation Army and Sons In Retirement (SIRS). He belonged to the Founders Club for the San Mateo County Credit Union. He served on many committees and boards in the community throughout his life.
Bob retired after 45 years in public service. He began his career on a survey crew with the Division of Highways (now Cal Trans) before joining the San Mateo County Department of Public Works. His hard work and dedication resulted in his appointment as the Director of Public Works for San Mateo County. A position he held for 12 years.
His retirement years saw many hours of dedicated community service, countless rounds of golf and world wide travel.
Dad will be remembered as a wonderful father who gave to his family unconditional love, honor and respect. His sense of humor, practical jokes and his competitive nature will be truly missed. He taught us to be humble and giving of spirit, he shared with us an unwavering faith in God and family.
Bob is preceded in death by his wife Claire, parents Ethel and Justin, step father George, and his brother Bill Sans.
He is survived by his children, Steve, Susan, Sara, Robin, Julie and Laura and their spouses Laurie, Jay, Mike, Rick and Jude. He was the proud grandfather to 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. All of whom will miss his laughter and bright smile. He also is survived by his sister Betty Batausa, sister in-law Bev Sans, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation and Vigil service will be held Monday, July 15th at Crippen and Flynn Chapel, 400 Woodside Road, Redwood City, California. Visitation begins at 5 pm with the Vigil service at 7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Pius Catholic Church, 1100 Woodside Road, Redwood City, California at 11:00 am Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Internment immediately following at Holy Cross Cemetery, Menlo Park, California.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in Bob's name be made to the Salvation Army, Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club