Robert M. Gumbita
1942 - 2021
BORN
1942
DIED
2021
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Jay A. Hoffer Funeral Home
2245 Mt Pleasant Road
Norvelt, PA
Robert M Gumbita, 79, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. A lifelong resident of Norvelt, he was born April 26, 1942, a son of the late Andrew and Mary (Rohaly) Gumbita. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Patricia (Solo) Gumbita; and his brother, Andrew. Robert was a longtime member of the Mt. Pleasant School Board, serving as president, a longtime member of the Mt. Pleasant Junior Football League was and the head coach of the United Steelers for many years. Robert is survived by his children, Lisa Wilson and her husband, Greg, of Danville, Calif., Lori Smith and her husband, Dr. Deane, of Evansville, Ind., Leslie Miele and her husband, Dr. Vincent, of Pittsburgh, and Robert J. Gumbita and his wife, Melissa, of Norvelt. He is also survived by his most cherished grandchildren, whom he loved spending time with, Dr. Robert Gumbita, Landon Smith, Ryan Gumbita, Benjamin Wilson, Alex Wilson, Gabriella Miele and Elliot Gumbita. Honoring Robert's wishes, entombment will be private in Middle Presbyterian Cemetery Mausoleum. Arrangements are in care of JAY A HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt. Condolences may be left for the family at www.jayahofferfuneralhome.com.
Published by Tribune Review from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2021.
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Rest in peace dear classmate. We remember you well. Watch over us from Paradise. We truly need your prayers in these very trying times.
Frank R. Vicente
School
November 25, 2021
Lisa and Greg and family. Sorry to hear about your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers.
Tom and Carol Vater
November 24, 2021
Mr. Gumbita was my mentor. He was a very rare person in the best of ways. Mr. Gumbita could see beyond any person, through to their greatest potential and gifts. Through the years he helped so many people reach those potentials, and always surrounded himself with people with tremendous character and values. Mr. Gumbita believed in always trying to make anything--a building, a professional, an athlete--the BEST. He taught me how to assess things wisely, make decisions wisely, and to always allow my conscience to guide the most important decisions. He taught me that good and true intention was the only way to live, to lead and to love. And he had a gift of making people--both children and adults-- truly feel special--especially those who needed encouragement and grace. He was the consummate professional, who always found the good in others and spoke highly of them. But most of all, he treated people well--even when they didn't reciprocate. He will never know how much I loved him and appreciated him. He will never know how much he changed my life. I loved when he called me--we would talk for hours, and every conversation began with "My Good Friend." When he texted me, it began with the same. Our relationship was built on respect, communication and a common goal to help others. I always called him "Mr. Gumbita," but in my heart, he was always just "Bob." I will miss you My Good Friend. I only hope you left knowing how much I love you, and how much you gave to my life.
Annette Anderson
Friend
November 23, 2021
My wife, Barbara, and I send our sympathies to all of Robert's family. He was a very good and close friend during all of our High School years.
William Bush ("Bill")
School
November 23, 2021
Rest In Peace my friend.
Jim McElfresh
November 23, 2021
Bob was a great man and the whole community will mourn the loss. Our family, especially, would not be where it is without Senior's selflessness and guidance. May he rest in peace, we love you Bob.
Thor and Crystal Hoffer
Friend
November 22, 2021
May his legacy live forever. A mighty oak has fallen.
Don Scott
November 22, 2021
RIP Mr. Gumbita Prayers to his family.
John & Kathleen Poole
November 21, 2021
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