Robert A. SimiJune 22, 1939 – December 11, 2017
Bob, also affectionately called Grampa Bear, passed away after years of fighting health issues but somehow never missing a social event with a smile on his face. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School and San Francisco State College. After two years in the Peace Corps in South America, he spent 30 plus years at SFUSD as a PE teacher along with coaching and officiating.
He enjoyed jogging, gardening, cooking, reading, music and scuba diving. There were many adventurous trips around the world but Hawaii was always his favorite. He played varsity football and baseball at St. Ignatius, football at CCSF and officiated football and basketball games. He was an avid sports fan and followed the Giants, Warriors and 49’ers.
Bob was involved with Knights of Columbus, Old Timers Baseball, Old Time Athlete’s Association., Prep Hall of Fame, wine tasting events, Giants games, trips to Boston, fantasy football, Pedro, and lunches and dinners with old friends. He especially loved going to his grandchildren’s sporting events, usually with post-game advice.
Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Eileen, his children Nicole (Nick), Steve (Nina) and Samantha (Scott), his seven grandchildren Casey, Dimitri, Roxy, Lucy, Max, Charlotte and Leon, brothers Tony and Larry (Janet), sister-in-law Susie and extended family.
Bob will be remembered as someone who loved a party, worked hard to keep old friends together and always had a game on.
A special thank you to the Kaiser doctors, Marin Post Acute, Davita Dialysis and Whistle Stop drivers for all their care, always with kindness and humor.
Family and friends are invited to join a celebration of his life on February 22, 2018 at 12:30 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1000 Cambridge Street, Novato.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Ignatius College Prep.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 31, 2017