Robert "GrandBob" Seidel

Born in Trenton, New Jersey on April 5, 1935

Departed on August 25, 2018 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Robert Frank Seidel – 4/5/1935 – 8/25/2018
Mr. Seidel was born in Trenton, New Jersey. He studied history at Rutgers University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1957, later getting his CPCU certificate in 1972. He moved to Nashville in 1970 where he met and married his wife Sandra Smith Seidel in 1990. A. He worked for 28 years at the Frank E. Neal Agency as an insurance marketing executive, retiring in 2011. He served on multiple committees of Belmont United Methodist Church, focusing on outreach and services to disadvantaged children. His interests were reading, writing, movies and travel that would enhance his knowledge of how different people live. He was an avid fan of Vanderbilt basketball and committed t0 helping children in any way he could. He was a faithful, caring man who loved life and laughter. He was a testament to the principle of using love and inclusivity to guide your life. He died at home surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his wife Sandra Seidel of Nashville, TN and his sister, Cynthia (Robert) Moore of Denver, CO as well as 7 children: Valerie (Phillip) Strobel of Goodlettsville, TN; Pamela (Glen) Wood of Chattanooga, TN., Dana Barrow of Cary, NC, James (Michelle) Hopkins of Newburg, IN; Danielle (Shannon) Buchanan of Dickson, TN, Michael Hopkins and Russell (Jennifer) Seidel of Nashville, TN, 16 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren
Visitation with memorial service to follow will be held at Belmont United Methodist Church on the corner of 21st Avenue and Acklen Avenue in Nashville, TN on September 15th at 3PM.
In Lieu of Flowers
Family requests donations be sent to Brighter Days Program.
The family is grateful to the Willowbrook Hospice team and the Always Best Caregivers. They were able to help us at a very difficult time during his final weeks. We would also like to thank the multiple friends and family that were at our side during this journey.

8 Comments to Robert "GrandBob" Seidel

  1. Peter F Strobel
    August 30, 2018 12:09 pm

    What a nice obituarie and portrayal of a loving husband f
    Father grand Bob and Great grandfather. I did not know how
    How envolved or his ministry to Nah illegal. He was an awesome man and will always be remembered and loved in the hearts of those he touched.

  2. Barbara Moyer
    August 31, 2018 4:47 am

    Well Bob, you are officially an angel; but you were that in human form as well. You have endured many things, but most of all you have had the love of your families and friends. You have touched the hearts of many and will continue to do so for generations. May you rest peacefully with God.

    To my nieces and nephew, Bill and I send our love to all of you. I wish I could be there with you. Continue being the loving family you are and share that love in Bob’s name as well.

    Barb & Bill Moyer

  3. Charlotte Kenyon
    August 31, 2018 4:02 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I just loved Bob…he was truly ” one of a kind” !
    My thoughts and prayers are will all who loved Bob…

  4. Joanna Torzewski
    September 1, 2018 9:16 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Bob’s passing. Although I did not know him that well, the memories I have are fond ones. I see he was truly and inspiration and someone we could all be more like.

  5. Lynne McFarland
    September 8, 2018 10:27 am

    Bob was a kind and gentle person with a love of laughter. A humble guy, he did not talk a lot about his mission work, the trip to Africa he and Sandy took to work with an HIV/Aids support project, nor his trip to Mexico, as well as local projects with kids. Just doin’ the work.

  6. Linda Briggs
    September 8, 2018 11:50 pm

    Well, “Bobby” you have truly left your mark on so many people. Your wonderful smile, amazing wit, and special hugs are just a few descriptions to describe the grand person you were. I think of you with love and gratitude that I was blessed to have you in my heart and life. OWA was where we all started. Many many memories that brings such smiles to me.

    Prayers and hugs to Sandy, and the families who were so important in Bob’s life.

  7. Mary Jane Shick Popp
    September 15, 2018 3:16 pm

    I met Bob in kindergarten at Gregory School in Trenton, New Jersey. We progressed through Junior Three and Trenton Senior High School. I have not seen him since the day we graduated in 1953. But you remember those you were with all those years. I live in Hermitage, TN and saw his obituary in the paper.
    I’m sorry for your loss, as it sounds like he turned out to be a special person.

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