Robert "Bob" A Cilimburg
Robert "Bob" A Cilimburg
October 29, 1932 ‐ September 28, 2021
Robert "Bob" Cilimburg, age 88, died peacefully at his home of 60 years, with family present, in his favorite family room with the Cleveland Indians playing in the background. A kind, quiet, and compassionate man, his was a life well-lived, with family, friends and pets always at the center. Bob was the beloved husband of Kay (Nee Demmon), father of Cary Patak (Mike), Amy Cilimburg (Rick Craig) and Cindy Medema (Tom), and the loving grandfather of David, Erik, Anna, Laura and Wren. He was the brother of William "Bud", Jean Robishaw (Bill) and Lois Williams (Ed), all deceased, and the uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Bob was a proud athlete and alumni of Fairview High School, class of 1951. He graduated from Baldwin Wallace College and taught physical education for 30 years for the Rocky River School District. He coached basketball, track, and wrestling there as well. Bob was also a football, basketball, and wrestling referee throughout the greater Cleveland area. He served as secretary for the Southwestern Conference from 1968-1974, scheduling officials for football, basketball, and wrestling. He enjoyed summer trips to Canada fishing with his friends, tending to his vegetable garden, poking around in the back of his barn, taking people out to try to waterski on Lake Erie in his little boat, and playing cards with friends and family.
Bob and Kay raised their three girls in their one family home. He taught his daughters to play sports, and in his quiet ways, showed us how to be the best kind of athletes. Although he wished we lived closer, he reveled in our accomplishments and always supported our adult adventures, loving us unconditionally. Bob shared his love with his 5 grandkids and sons-in-law, closely following their lives, activities, and adventures. He was always happy when they came to visit or when he traveled to see them in beautiful locations around the country, from the Adirondacks to Yosemite to Montana.
Bob also loved his dogs -- Sarge, his boyhood pal, Morgan and Ricochet, his family English Setters, and all the sweet dogs his daughters brought to visit over the years. As his life was fading, these creatures brought him great comfort.
Bob was always close to his brothers and sisters and their spouses and families. No holiday big or small went by without all gathering for good food, a few beers, and many hours playing card games. His funny, competitive nature came out during rounds of family swick, poker, and pinochle.
Bob enjoyed time spent with Kay in their 120 year old home and their cottage on the lake. In his later years, he knew how to find stashes of candy, make just the right bagel sandwich, poke around in the back of that barn, and smile. This past year, when his girls and grandkids were about to leave from a visit, he’d invariably frown and say: “It’s gonna be dullsville around here.” That’s how we all feel now -- the world is simply a little less bright, and he will always be missed.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date this spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Dover Congregational UCC (2239 Dover Center Road, Westlake, OH 44145), Baldwin Wallace Wrestling (click "other" and enter Robert Cilimburg's name in the notes), or the Alzheimer Association (23215 Commerce Park Ste 300, Beachwood, OH 44122).