Robert L. Best

Born: Fri., Jun. 13, 1969
Died: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019


11:00 AM to 12:45 PM, Sat., Jan. 12, 2019
Location: Rossi Family Funeral Home, Inc.

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., Jan. 12, 2019
Location: Rossi Family Funeral Home, Inc.

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Robert “Bob” “Bobby” Best (June 13, 1969 - January 8, 2019) Bob was born in 1969, the son of Carol (Best) Boord and the late Gene Best in Canton, Ohio. Bob spent most of his childhood in Canton and most of his adulthood in Kent, graduating from Canton McKinley and Kent State University. Bob was someone who worked to live, and did not live to work. He occupied a variety of jobs throughout his adulthood from managing the Quonset Hut to bar-slinging at Horner’s Corner, Joseph’s Bar and the Imperial Room.

While bartending is not traditionally a noble profession, Bob dispensed more joy to more people than the grandest of men. Even if his often surly exterior would never reveal it, he took pride in making his regulars happy — in providing a reprieve from the tumult and banality of their own lives. Bob seemed cynical and aloof from the outside, but in truth he was incredibly gentle, utterly devoid of cruelty, and lovably goofy. Bob resented authority figures and cherished his independence and privacy. Although Bob would never exult in it, he was an idol to those who admired his cool character, diligent nonchalance and covert kindness.

Bob was on a lifelong mission to never grow up, a source of consternation to his sister and mother, but a source of veiled pride to his late father and nephew. To some, Bob’s life looked frivolous, but it was meaningful social benchmarks that Bob found frivolous and the frivolous things that he found meaningful. Among the things Bob found meaningful were music (particularly late 80s to mid 90s alternative rock), fantasy baseball, real baseball, old Simpsons episodes, good movies, beach vacations, Las Vegas, friendly gathering places, Kent, Ohio, his dog Bill, sister, mother, girlfriend, nephew, niece and his “GFC Crew.”

Eventually time began to gain on Bob, as it does everyone. Faced with the inexorable mandate of growing up to grow old, Bob likely would have chosen neither. In this way, Bob’s passing from diabetes-related ketoacidosis at the age of 49, while premature to those who loved him dearly, is both a tragedy and triumph. He will be missed.

Bob is survived by his mother and step-father Carol (Don) Boord, his sister Robin (Best) Welch, his nephew and niece Kyle and Alexa Welch, uncles David, Michael and Alan Tomey, girlfriend and soulmate Abbey Denzinger, numerous cousins, “Crew” members and patrons.

Family and friends will be received at the Rossi Family Funeral Home on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. in the funeral home.

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Nick Hansen
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
I'll always remember the young Bobby I first met when he was 8 years old and your family made a trip to California. He was a kind and soulful man. I am sorry for your loss, but I know he will always be with you in your hearts.

Bill Weckel
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
Bob was a schoolmate, co-worker, and a true friend to me. We were kindred spirits with very similar attitudes and outlooks. I've missed Bob's good company, kindness, and sharp wit since leaving Ohio a decade ago and, selfishly, always wished I could have brought him with me.

My deepest sympathies to his family and all of our friends.

Bill Weckel
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Dave Craig
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
My prayers go out to Carol, Robin, Don and the rest of the family. Bobby is my cousin and we used to spend time together as kids when we would come to visit. After not seeing my Ohio family for a long time, I was able to reconnect with Robin and she has been a joy. I wish I could have reconnected with Bobby. He was there when my mother Marlene passed 10 years ago and was a pallbearer for her and that meant a lot to me. I never thought I would be going to see him this way. I love my Ohio family and wish for God's grace for them at this time.

Elaine Vallos
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
With deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family of Bob Best. May God bless and keep him in His tender loving care. May his memory be eternal.

Constance Parsons
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Connie DeGregorio Parsons.

Carol Boord and Family Our deepest condolences Connie DrGregorio Parsons and Family

Christine McBride
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
My heart is so heavy. Bob will always be remember as so kind, loving and that smile of his! He made the worst days awesome when I would see him. I am so very sorry for your loss, such an incredible loss. He will so very missed by me and every person who had the privilege to know him. God Bless you Bob. We will meet again someday. Thank you for sharing him with us. ❤️

Tracey Welch
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
Robin, Kyle & Alexa,
I’m so very sorry for your loss. I cannot begin to imagine your grief. I hope that you are able to find comfort in your memories and stories of your dear Bobby.

Christine Thompson
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
Bobby and I dated in high school. We even went to Senior Prom together. He was always a gentleman and we kept in touch over the years even though I left Canton after high school.
My parents lived in Canton for many years after I left and so I'd return for visits. I enjoyed seeing Bobby at the Quonset Hut or the bar where he worked. He and I always caught up fondly. Genuinely interested in how each other was doing. I loved seeing that wry smile. I will miss him and as I think back on who he was I appreciate how true he was to himself and what a lovely, smart and genuine person he was. xo, Christine

Carol Denzinger
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
Please accept my sympathies on the loss of your beloved Bob. I regret never having had the pleasure of meeting him. Seeing the photo of him made me think of my image of Hemingway and reading the lovely tribute to him confirmed that initial reaction. In not so very many words you succeeded in painting an intimate picture of him allowing the reader to feel they now had a very real sense of Bob
-- thank you for sharing.

Susan Calmels
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
I' m so deeply saddened that your gone. I will forever miss walking into Joes and seeing you. It feels like yesterday. Much love to you and your family.

Glenn Dickey
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Glenn, Dahl and Family.

   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
I’m really sorry for your lost. May the words in Revelation 21:3,4 give you hope and strength during these difficult times.

Bonnie Martin
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
Deepest Sympathy for your loss I remember Bobbie as a little fellow. Would have like to have known him as he was growing up what a handsome young man. Praying for you and your family.

Christine Runyan
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
I worked for Bob at Quonset Hut, and haven't seen him since then. I remember him as you describe. Thank you for sharing about his life with such depth, compassion and clarity. It was a beautiful testimony and comfort, especially for those of us who haven't kept up with Bob but were saddened to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences.

Leslie (Buckland) Myers
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
Deepest sympathy to all whom loved our dear Bobby. I met Bobby when we were kids. My Aunt was his neighbor (Charlotte Tatarides) on 16th St. We spent a lot of time together back in the day and made alot of awesome childhood memories together. He will always have a special place in my heart. I am sure he is shaking a coctail in heaven with that famous smile on his face. Rest in peace our dear friend.

Michelle Mendell Bezon
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
I am deeply saddened to hear about Bobbys passing. As his Obit said, he was..INDEED one of a kind ..kinda guy. My sincerest wishes for him to now be off into his new world and space. Thank you Bob for serving me and my family and friends! Any and EVERY time I flew in from Cali, or home from Pittsburgh, Bob ABSOLUTELY took care of us and let me BE AS calm or crazy as I wanted.

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