ROBERT E. "BOB" LEFF
1955 - 2017
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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - Robert E. "Bob" Leff, 61, was born September 14, 1955 in Chicago to Bernard and Sylvia (nee Katz) Leff and passed away April 4, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Bob was the beloved husband of Cathryn A. "Katie" Leff; loving father of Jessica M. Leff, Matthew B. Leff and Marissa C. Leff; dear brother of the late Richard E. Leff; cherished brother-in-law of Michael (Lindsay) Campe, Kevin (Rene) Campe and Marie (Shawn) Ferber and fond uncle of Alex, Hailey, Grace, George, Lydia, Rachel and Jeremy. Visitation will be Friday, April 7, 2017 from 3-9 PM at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St. (Northwest Highway/Route 14 at Rand Road), Des Plaines. Family and friends will gather on Saturday, April 8 at 9:45 AM at St. James Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights for funeral mass at 10:00 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society appreciated. Funeral information, 847-824-5155 or oehlerfuneralhome.com.




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Published in Daily Herald on Apr. 6, 2017.
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April 8, 2017
I had the good fortune to share the stage with Bob at St. James. He immediately made that troupe a new home for me with his humor and compassion. When I think of Bob I smile.
Mike Speedy
April 8, 2017
I worked with Robert at the Home Depot as a cashier. He was a sweet and funny person, always joked and I enjoyed working with him. He will be solely missed at our 1987-Glenview store. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I'm sorry I couldn't be there yesterday, but I said a prayer for him that I am sure he is at peace. Take care, and may God be with you and yours.
Lisa Levine
April 8, 2017
I met Bob through L&L Graphic Solutions, doing design work for him and the company. He was great to work with, always cheerful!
I offer my prayers and sympathy to the family at this hard time.

Until we meet again Bob, keep them entertained!
Kathy Combs
April 7, 2017
Bob and I met at Winsberg's Department Store where, as teens, we both had our first jobs. (He will tell you he was the best skate sharpener-ever!) In young adulthood we lost track of each other and I haven't seen Bob in 40 years. It is with tremendous sorrow that I read Bob's obituary. I'd always hoped to reconnect with him someday. Bob remained unforgettable because his heart was HUGE and he filled every room with sunshine, humor, kindness, and SONG. Our department (sporting goods and boys clothes) was in the store's lower level, so we had free reign over the place. Bob did impersonations of all the store managers. They were spot-on and we would die laughing. He also did a good Johnny Mathis. He'd create musical revues and get us all singing, Bob always the star the show. I enjoyed seeing the photo tribute of Bob and his beautiful family. It makes me happy to see he had a life so rich in love! Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. May you find comfort in your many memories of him.
Margie Fischer
April 7, 2017
I have known Bob Leff on and off the stage, for 16 years. Seeing Bob as a Performer, Husband, and Father, have been very inspiring things to draw on. Bob Leff was always thought of as a great friend. Life is better, because Bob was a part of mine. Many blessings and prayers to Kate, Jessica, Matt, and Marissa.
Tom O'Doherty
April 7, 2017
Bob loved life, he loved his family, he loved his children. I heard about it every day for 8 years. We will miss his humor, his laugh,and his entertainment. He always brought joy to the room and immediately became the center of attention. He impacted children as well as adults. I will never forget my dear friend Bobaloo. Our deepest sympathies to the family from all of us here at L&L Graphic Solutions. ~ Anthony LoCascio
Anthony LoCascio
April 7, 2017
Words cannot describe how heavy our hearts are right now, but we will treasure the wonderful memories we have of Bob. From the day I met him during "The Sound of Music," he never ceased to make me laugh! He was such an amazing person and we will treasure the special friendship we had. He will be missed more than words can say. Our love goes out to Katie, Jess, Matt and Marissa.
Barb and Ted Wachholz
April 7, 2017
Dear Katie, Marissa, Jessica and Matt,
I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a wonderful person. He brought joy to everyone that he met. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
Love, Chris McGovern
Chris McGovern
April 6, 2017
So very sad to hear about Bob. He was such a wonderful guy. He was just one of those guys that you met and loved. Sure wish we were there at this most difficult time but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jill Hupp
April 6, 2017
I was fortunate enough to meet Bob when we were performing together in the, "Sound of Music" at St. James, in 2001. He immediately became a wonderful friend and one of my favorite preformers! I was blessed to have him play my mother in Cinderella, as he was cast as the evil stepmother. Truly, that was the most fun I have ever had in a show! Bob lit up my life and I know he did this for so many others. I am so glad I got a chance to have his friendship. He also passed on his loving and fun ways to his family. They are all some amazing people! Bob I will miss you!
Kari Wendorf
April 6, 2017
We lived across the street from Bob for many years.....I counted him as a true and loyal friend....he loved his family so much and was so proud of his children's many accomplishments..we always laughed and laughed together....and I could never beat him in Broadway trivia.....his passing is a huge loss to everyone.
Bill Treece
April 5, 2017
I am so saddened to hear of your and our loss of a truly sweet man. He was a happy good father, husband and neighbor on Vail. The neighborhood and your dear family will feel the void. But his bigger than presence in everyone he touched will resonate forever.
vicki
April 5, 2017
Dear Family of Bob Leff..........Remembering Bob at the Athenaeum with the rest of the troup is a joy for me and for everyone, I am sure, that got to know him. He will be missed. I am glad I got the privilege to know him. Janice Ladik
Janice Ladik
April 5, 2017
Heaven is brighter now that Bob Leff has entered those pearly gates and done so with flare, style, and a huge grin You were always such a bright light, a star, fun, personable and loved life. You will be missed by all. Thank you for sharing your generous spirit with us (Ron and I). Sincere condolences to Katie, Jessica, Matt and Marissa.
Pat Cepa
April 5, 2017
Dear Katie and family, we are so saddened to hear about Bob. Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lydia, John & Jeremy Germain
April 5, 2017
Dear Katie and family, we are so saddened to hear about Bob. Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lydia, John & Jeremy Germain
April 5, 2017
Dear Katie, Jessica, Matt and Marissa,
We are so sorry to hear about Bob. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Tammy & Tony Lio
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