OBITUARY

Robert Martin Liebrand

October 12, 1962November 27, 2018
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Robert Martin Liebrand, age 56, of Brandon, Florida passed away on Tuesday November 27, 2018. Rob was born October 12, 1962 in Maryland where he grew up and was the truly gifted one in the family as he was athletic, performed as a singer in various ensembles, enjoyed drawing, and played a variety of instruments. Unfortunately, Rob was hampered by chronic asthma since infancy but he did not let his illness keep him from wherever his talents and passions led him. He moved to Tampa, Florida in the mid-80's, establishing a new chapter in his life. Rob loved spending time with friends laughing and enjoying life. He spent his leisure time kayaking, biking, skiing, playing tennis, and gardening. He was also a vociferous reader, exploring a wide variety of fictional and non-fictional books. He was a sophisticated stock researcher and enjoyed collecting coins. Rob tried to maintain a healthy mind and body and used holistic medicine as much as possible. He was a caring person who looked out for his friends. He settled in as an employee of the United States Postal Service, a career that spanned over 20 years right up to his passing from cancer.

Rob is survived by his parents Arlyne Liebrand and Martin Liebrand (Gloria), brother Tom (Carolyn) and sister Elaine (John), his niece Zoe, nephews Mikey, Trevor, Torry, and Andy, step-brothers David and Jonathan and step-sister Rachel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) at www.aafa.org

Services

19 December

Visitation

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home

2323 West Brandon Boulevard
Brandon, Florida 33511

19 December

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home

2323 West Brandon Boulevard
Brandon, Florida 33511

REMEMBERING

Robert Martin Liebrand

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Jason G

December 18, 2018

My wife and I met Rob while working for the USPS in the late 90s and early 2000s. We didn't know him as well as many of you, but I can say unequivocally that he was a good and kind man. I ran into him recently after many years of not seeing him, and he was clearly sick but was only worried about asking after my wife and me. He was one of the good ones - someone who always greeted you with a tremendous smile and genuine interest and affection.

Our condolences to all his family and friends. May his memory forever bring a smile to your faces!

Jason and Wendy.

Stephanie Martin

December 12, 2018

I first met Rob online in 1999. It was a strange conversation. A friend and I were planning to go Key West for Fantasy Fest. Rob mentioned online that he would like to go. Long story, but we all met up and went together. Rob showed up in a bright orange Buccaneers t-shirt. We partied, we danced and we had the greatest time. There were no hotel rooms available at that time so we packed a tent and air mattresses. Where we had to pitch the tent ended up being on the gravel driveway and the air mattresses went flat. That didn't stop us. Rob and I became very good friends over the years. He was my sailing buddy. I bought a 30 ft. Catalina sailboat and Rob was a natural sailor. He loved to be at the helm and was excellent at it. He would wait until I went into the cabin to go to the bathroom then he would put her up on the edge and laugh at me as I had to hold on. We did a lot of races together. He was my buddy and my friend. I'm sorry to say that we've lost touch the last few years due to many time constraints. I still thought about him and didn't realize that he was ill. I will really miss him. He was a great friend, a good companion and an overall fantastic person to be around. I have so many good memories that involve him.

Marci Ward

December 2, 2018

I'm blessed to have known Rob since 1977, in his high school days. He has been a dear friend since that time, even though we were not always in contact. He was one of those glorious people who you always knew you could trust. Despite that wonderful (and wicked) sense of humor, I knew I was always safe with him, and could fully trust him with whatever was on my heart.
I have far too many memories to really pick one or two... all the music in high school, and the Montgomery County Youth Chorus... texting updates more recently when I've had major life updates. No matter what, Rob was always there.
He was a special, gentle, wonderful soul, and he will be sorely missed.

Elaine Taylor

December 2, 2018

I have known Rob since the late 80s. We met when he was working as a temp at the place where i worked. We dated for a couple of years and mostly remained friends. I lost touch with him for the last several years but i will always remember him fondly. He was a great person. His family are in my prayers.

Lisa & Don Carpus

December 2, 2018

I first met Rob while working at the Rec Site almost 20 years ago. I remember he was very popular and well-liked by all. Everyone always had nothing but positive things to say about him. Our little group had a lot of fun times together; he was the “token male” in our Girls Group.... lol. Throughout the years we all bid to different places and even though we might lose touch with each other as life happens, we always remember each other. You might think of the person when you hear a certain song or see something on TV that makes you think of them... and it makes you smile just a little bit. Rob was a good man who was taken from us much too soon; to say he will be sorely missed is an understatement. We extend our deepest condolences to his loving family. ..

Rita Creamer

December 2, 2018

Rob surely made us laugh. Especially, at a party at our house..as the party winded down, we had to go boxes for whomever wanted take some food home, well Rob loved our Cornish hens and took off with buckets of them running to his car...next few days he was at work having great lunches...he sang karaoke and had good time...We met and worked at a postal facility for a few short years...all our sympathy and condolences to his family..love Rita and jim

Andrea Hickman

December 2, 2018

It was a running joke between Rob and I since we became friends at the Post Office. He would wait until people were around us and then say loudly "Andrea you are behind on your alimony payments to me" (thinking it would embarrass me). I would reply back that "If you'd pay me the child support for our 10 kids, that maybe I could afford an alimony check every now and then." We would crack up laughing and people never knew if we were serious or not. I will miss Rob as he was a funny, kind-hearted and a good friend. He will be greatly missed.

Jacqueline Rivera

December 2, 2018

Rob will be missed. I’m so grateful for the chance to work with him. Always lending a helpful hand is what I remember the most. May his family find the comfort to get through this great loss.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

At the 2014 Women's Basketball Final Four tournament where Rob's favorite team, the Maryland Terrapins, faced off against Notre Dame.

Biography

Robert Martin Liebrand was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. He was kind,giving To family and friends who knew him best, will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

He was the son of Arlyne and Martin Liebrand. Grew up in Wheaton and Rockville, Maryland.

He was raised with two siblings. He had an older sister and brother, Elaine and Tom. All a year apart in age he was usually involved in all sorts of mischief with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young boy, had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. 's memorable achievements included. However, to , the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

      A typical teenager, had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Charles W. Woodward in 1980. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

      Showing a strong work ethic, Rob worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. He was employed for the U.S Postal Service for 23 years. He always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Rob enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were reading, gardening, fitness, researching investment ideas, music of all kinds, hanging with his friends. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

       Rob found pleasure in a variety of sports. He loved tennis, skiing, biking, kaying, among other sporting interests. He was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so. Tops on his list were Redskins football and the Maryland Terps.

       Rob passed away on November 27, 2018 at Brandon Hospital from aggressive stomach cancer. He is survived by his parents Arlyne Liebrand and Martin Liebrand (Gloria), brother Tom (Carolyn) and sister Elaine (John), his niece Zoe, nephews Mikey, Trevor, Torry, and Andy, step-brothers David and Jonathan and step-sister Rachel.

      Simply stated, Rob was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. He leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Robert Martin Liebrand.