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Robert "Bob" Srdoch

June 28, 1954 — January 9, 2024

Hudson

Robert "Bob" Srdoch

Robert (‘Bob’) Srdoch, age 69, passed away on January 9, 2024, after bravely and fiercely battling pancreatic cancer for 18 months.

 

Bob was born on June 28, 1954, in Forest Hills, PA to Marion S. and Anna Marie (Markovic) Srdoch

 

Bob married the love of his life and best friend, Carol (Ruhe), on May 14, 1976, who he met in Calculus class while they were students at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

In 1976, Bob was a member of the first graduating Computer Science class at the University of Pittsburgh, earning Bachelor of Science degrees in both Math and Computer Science. In 1994, he began his computer software consulting company, Laurel Consulting Group, which he enjoyed running until the day he died.

 

More than anything, Bob’s legacy will be remembered by the love he had for his family and friends.  He was everyone’s biggest fan, always the first to swoop in and rescue those he loved. Bob was there to rescue his family when stuck on a river in a lightning storm, when stranded states away in a blizzard, or when being chased by a grizzly bear. No house project was too big, and no computer issue was too difficult; he was always ready to show his love by so generously giving his time and sharing his expertise.

 

Bob excelled at making people laugh and feel comfortable. He always made friends wherever he traveled, and he stayed in touch with people he met all over the world. In the last year and a half of his life, he spent a great deal of time at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and often went out of his way to lighten the emotional load of so many he met.  Whether on an elevator or in a waiting room in a place where so many were so ill, he could always make people smile, usually starting with something like, “So a horse walked into a bar…”

 

Bob’s love for life and travel was unmatched. Memories of adventures in the Amazon and the Florida Everglades, climbing the walls of Dubrovnik, camping in Cook Forest and Shenandoah, backpacking Isle Royale in Lake Superior, chasing wolves and grizzly bears in Yellowstone, and hiking trails on the side of a cliff in Nevada Falls of Yosemite will live forever in his family’s hearts. He embraced the chance to travel and explore with his wife and family. No adventure was too treacherous or rigorous. No trip unattainable. Even in the weeks in December before he died, he was planning a cross-country driving adventure. His love for travel has been passed down to his children and grandchildren who have promised to keep traveling and having exciting adventures.

 

He was an avid photographer, aways with a camera in his hand. Bob was the photographer for many weddings and special events, and he especially loved capturing his grandchildren doing what they loved, whether it was playing baseball, swimming, kayaking down the river, or playing on the beach. His photos will live on in his loved ones’ homes.

 

Bob’s passions were music and math, always doing math problems in his head and always listening to classic rock. He never gave up an opportunity to listen to his grandchildren practice their musical instruments and he especially loved listening to Carol play the piano. He loved singing his grandbabies to sleep, and he would often burst into song while driving down the road.

 

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his children and their spouses, Chrissanna and Robert Krisch of Hudson, Ohio and Amanda and Joseph O’Donnell of Fort Johnson (Polk), LA. He was also the beloved Pap Pap to Levi, Ezra, Annagrace, and Lydia Krisch and Joey, Tommy, and Lizzy O’Donnell.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor Rodrigues, and the dogs he loved so much: Gidget, Tanya, Jedi, Tanya II, Ruth, Windigo, Penny, and Sparky.

 

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the Winking Lizard Event Center at 25200 Miles Rd, Bedford Heights, OH 44146 on Saturday, February 3rd, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Appetizers will begin at 12:30 and lunch will be served at 2pm. Please let his wife or daughters know if you are planning to come. All family and friends are welcome to come and share memories of our lives shared with Bob.

 

In lieu of other remembrances, donations in Bob’s name can be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at Donate - Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org)

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