Robert Gerald Nicewarner (Bob) passed away at the age of 76 on November 8, 2023. Born on June 14, 1947, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Bob's life was one filled with passion, dedication, and an unwavering love for God and his family.
Preceded in death by his parents Philip Earl and Anna Mar Celestine Nicewarner; siblings, Phil (Sonny) Nicewarner, Mary Tucker and Joe Nicewarner.
Survived by his loving wife Karen Nicewarner; sons, Robert Jason (deMarco DeCiccio) Nicewarner, Vance Gerald (Kelly) Nicewarner, Chad Stuart Nicewarner; grandchildren, Brooke Darling, Taylor Nicewarner (Cantrel Ware), Daisy Nicewarner, Noah DeCiccio-Nicewarner, Mason DeCiccio-Nicewarner, Tessa Nicewarner, Marshall Nicewarner; great grandchildren, Kaia Ware, Kingston Ware; siblings, Claire Lou Conley and James Nicewarner, and numerous friends and loved ones.
From a young age Bob was an excellent athlete breaking records in school sports receiving highest accolades for his athletic abilities. He channeled these talents through his career, working as an athletic director and physical education teacher for thirty years. His impact on the lives of countless students throughout his tenure was immeasurable. Bob believed in fostering teamwork, discipline, and determination through sports and physical fitness.
Bob's educational journey began at Annapolis High School in Maryland. It was during these formative years that he discovered his calling in physical education. He went on to pursue higher education at Anne Arundel Community College and then received his Masters at Towson University in Maryland, solidifying his expertise in the field.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Bob's love story with Karen, the "love of his life”, began in 1970. They shared 53 wonderful years of marriage together. Their bond served as a beautiful example of unwavering commitment and true partnership.
Outside of work and family life, Bob enjoyed a variety of hobbies and interests that brought him immense joy. An avid hunter and fisherman, he found solace in nature and cherished the tranquility it offered him. Hunting with his sons was perhaps one of his greatest joys. Golf also held a special place in his heart and he particularly enjoyed the game with local friends in Tennessee.
Bob's passion for sports extended beyond his professional career; he enjoyed playing sports with his grandchildren and became their biggest supporter on and off the field. He cherished these moments spent together as they bridged multiple generations and solidified their familial bond.
In addition to his love for sports, Bob had an appreciation for music, particularly from the 50s and 60s. The nostalgic melodies brought back memories of simpler times that shaped his youth. His favorite musical endeavor was more than likely promoting and sharing about his son, a recording artist. Bob and Karen toured the country with their son and his partner known as the band “Jason & deMarco” for several years sharing a message of hope and reconciliation.
Bob's impact on the lives he touched will forever be remembered. His dedication to education, his commitment to family, and his love for sports will continue to serve as an inspiration for all who knew him. He leaves behind a profound legacy of kindness, generosity, and a passion for life that will be cherished by his family, friends, and the communities he served.
Bob fought a valiant fight til the end and although his physical presence may no longer be with us, his spirit will live on in the memories we hold dear. May he rest in eternal peace knowing that he made a lasting difference in the lives of those around him.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 11AM at Hillsboro United Methodist Church located at 5313 Old Hwy 96, Franklin, TN 37064. The family welcomes flowers to be sent to the church for this gathering.