Robert Smith

Robert Walter Smith

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
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Robert W. Smith (Bob) passed away on June 9, 2020. He was reunited with his Heavenly Father and his wife of 42 years, Sally A. Smith who preceded him in death in 2004. Bob was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great grandfather, a father-in-law, a friend, a colleague, and dad away-from-home for many of his sons’ friends.

Bob was born on April 27, 1938 in Bakersfield, California to Walter and Lena Smith. He attended William Penn Elementary School, Emerson Junior High, and Bakersfield High School. After serving two years in the Navy, Bob went to work at Tosco Refinery. After leaving Tosco, he spent most of his working life in Real Estate: He owned his own Red Carpet Office, taught a real estate class at Bakersfield College, flipped houses (before it became all the rage), and was a mortgage loan officer.

Bob was a man of few words, but he managed to impact the lives of so many. He welcomed his sons’ friends as if they were his own children. He cared deeply about his grandchildren and was always there when they needed support and encouragement. He had life-long friendships of 40 years and more. His long-time doctors thought of him as “family.” The medical transport drivers that took him to dialysis three days a week said they were going to miss “pops.” Whether it was a waitress or waiter at a restaurant Bob frequently visited, or the staff and residents at Kern River Transitional Care, or the lunch bunch he met with weekly at Westchester Bowling Alley to talk stocks…Bob always treated people as if they were his good friends.

His family and friends will miss Bob. But he modeled for them a life of kindness and consideration for others that won’t soon be forgotten! Bob is survived by his three sons, Scott, Mark, and David; his grandchildren, Mark Jr., Amy, Nathan, and Dakota; and great grandchildren, Annebelle, Eli, and Robert.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest
    2739 Panama Lane
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  • Service

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 10:30am
    Greenlawn Memorial Park Southwest
    2739 Panama Lane
    Bakersfield, CA 93313
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