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Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Services

3195 Atlanta Highway, Athens, GA

OBITUARY

Robert Sheffield Elder

March 10, 1979August 9, 2019
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Following a courageous two-year battle with cancer, Robert Sheffield Elder passed away on August 9, 2019 in his home surrounded by his mother and brothers.

Robert was born March 10, 1979 in Athens, Georgia. He is survived by his mother, Mal Sheffield Elder, father, John Frederick Elder Sr., and three brothers John, Griff, and Chip.

After over a decade of eminent service at Nissan of Athens, Robert left to follow his dreams of opening Classic City Aquariums with his partner, Jimmie Rattles. He designed the floor plan and cabinetry of the store, he plumbed all of the tanks, and he installed all of the specialized lighting. In an era where many small businesses fail the first year, Classic City Aquariums is thriving and serves as a fitting memorial to his vision and passion. He had an innate ability to make anyone feel special just by speaking to him or her. His gigantic heart and vast intelligence across an endless amount of subjects served him well as a leader, problem-solver, son, brother, and friend.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 3 PM at Bernstein Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service, also at Bernstein.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to bernsteinfuneralhome.com.

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  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 17, 2019

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Rebekah Brown

August 24, 2019

I met Robert over 10 years ago at Nissan of Athens. He was my service advisor and a very good one. He was the only person I wanted to talk to about my car. I was shocked when he told me he had two heart attacks. He told me about his dream for the aquarium in Watkinsville. He did a beautiful job with it. The fish are thriving there.

My deepest sympathy to the entire family. You lost a great person. Now he is in heaven and not in any pain or suffering. We were blessed to have known him.

Carol Laskey

August 18, 2019

Robert was a really neat person and friend. Met him at the fish store right after it opened
Had same sense of humor and just loved him because he was Robert.
Gave him my prayer quilt hoping it would have same results I had...I prayed daily for him and his love ones..hopefully it gave him some peace to know he was a very special person in my life. I am very blessed to have known him
He made his family proud I am sure ..
He will be missed by all.
Love Carol Laskey

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