Robert Bob Lee Alford Sr.

September 10, 1940June 9, 2010

ROBERT L. ALFORD, SR. September 10, 1940-June 9, 2010

Robert passed away on June 9, 2010 at his home after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Robert was born in Newton GA., September 10, 1940 to the late Lillian Phipps and Tony Dee Alford. He was the fourth of seven children. Robert was brought to Steubenville, Ohio by his parents in 1941. After the death of his mother at the age of 7 years, the family moved to Wintersville, OH. Swimming was his first athletic love, but because of the football skills and the legacy of his older brothers, he played football at Wintersville H.S. and lettered all four years. Upon graduation, he received a football scholarship to Kent State University in Kent; OH. He was a college All-American, Co-Captain of the team for two years and then was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers (briefly) as a lineman. He was involved with many campus organizations; Varsity 'K' Alumni Executive Committee, Kent State Hall of Fame, Kiwanis (Ohio Chapter), President of the Alpha Phi Alpha campus chapter, National Association of Black School Educators (Ohio and Colorado)and was a member of the NAACP. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State in 1968; Masters of Education-Administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH in 1972. He did post Graduate Studies toward Ph.D. in Education Administration from 1979-82. He taught PE and coached football at Roosevelt H.S. in Dayton, OH from 1969-71. He moved to Kent, OH in 1971, teaching PE and coaching football at Roosevelt H.S. until 1978. His career took a turn in 1978 when he became an Administrator at Kent State as a Program Officer for KEDS (Kent Education Development and Strategic Services). Missing the high school students, he returned to Kent Roosevelt, Kent Ohio, as the Assistant Principal in 1982. In 1986, his final career move was to Colorado Springs, CO, where he was the Director of Human Resources-Secondary Education. Upon retiring in 2003, golf became his full-time passion at Patty Jewett Golf Course working as the golf marshal and golfing in between. He and his wife Gloria cruised and visited their grandkids. Robert Lee Alford described himself as "just a man." No one who ever met him would use those three words. If we choose to use three words, we would say; man of wisdom, man of humor, a great father, a devoted husband, man of patience, man of intellect, teacher and administrator, mentor of kids, a superb golfer, man of integrity, man of valor, man of dignity, and man of Faith. But that is not the end. You had to have known the '’Man”. Robert leaves to cherish his memories, his wife Gloria of 46 years; three sons, Rob, Jr (Colorado Springs), Tony (Trina), South Bend, IN, Aaron (Linda), Park City, UT; seven beloved grandsons; Elijah, Max, Sam, Rylan, Kyler, Braydon, and Trey; three sisters, Lucille Bridgeman, Mansfield, OH, Candice Alford, Albany, GA, Patricia Vaughn, Scotch Plains, NJ; three brothers preceded him in death, John, Roger, and William; three sister-in-laws, Sylvia Henderson , Cincinnati, OH, Sandy Alford, Greensboro, NC and Juanita Alford, Wintersville, OH. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and remarkable friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at Calvary Worship Center, 501 Castle Road (30th street), CS, 80903. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to School District #11, Title One Schools, c/o Robert Alford Memorial Funds, Fiscal Services, 1115 N. El Paso, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Robert Bob Lee Alford Sr.

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Gloria Alford

June 10, 2012

Even though this is the second anniversary of your home coming, it seems like yesterday to myself and all that love you. As your sons shared at the memorial, they are following in your footsteps...big shoes to fill. I've attended many functions during the year and many people sincerely were glad to see me and saw that I was doing well. This my closing message for the guest book. Your spirit is alive and well in my heart. There have been times I would expect you to walk into the room with your big warm smile, yet realizing that won't happen. God's daily presence in my life has given me strength and that one day I will see you again in His glory. Be at peace my soulmate.
Luv you....Babe

Gloria Alford

January 24, 2012

Hi Babe
Nothing special going on, just thinking about you, as usual. I stayed home for this past Xmas. Thought about spending it with Aarons family, but was led not to go. Spent time with Campbells and Bells. It was harder this time than the first, but God truly gave me strength. I just returned from Albany, GA for the celebration of your Aunt Nan's 90th birthday. All your relatives were represented. I envisioned you reconnecting and laughing with all that were there. Our son's are hanging in there, but missing you everyday. Trey is sitting with me..stayed home from school sick today. He says, I love you PaPa.
Be at peace that I am doing fine.
Luv you much...ME

Gloria Alford

September 11, 2011

Happy 71st Birthday Babe. Well, I am in Detroit for the Notre Dame vs Michigan game. Jessica and Yolanda McKinney flew in from Atlanta and Jerrett and I drive in from South Bend. YoYo and I are watching the game from our hotel room.....didn't want to deal with the stadium crowd (smile). Utah is playing at USC, so we're switching channels. Your presence is felt on your specail day. Luv ya, ME

Gloria Alford

June 21, 2011

Happy Anniversary Babe. I purchased some flowers and a wine cooler and sat beside your picture and remembered our special day in 1964. We were so blessed to have had each other for many years.. Love you, ME

June 16, 2011

Just over a year has passed and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't hear your voice and feel your presence. I know that you are watching and guiding us every single day. I hope that we continue to make you proud. Mom and I have spent some good time together. She went on the road recruiting with me for a few days in Florida. It was something that you and I had always talked about doing, so it was great having her there and your presence was felt. Dad, I recall riding on the shuttle bus from the golf course back to the hotel when we were in Jamaica. It was just you and I and we were talking and you said, "son, I just hope that you know that everything and every decision I have ever made concerning you boys was what I thought was best at that time!" You then fell alseep and I just remember sitting next to you and literally staring at you while you slept. I remember being in awe of the man sitting next to me. I remember thinking that I am the luckiest man in the world to have a man of your stature fill me up with love every day. I remember whispering quietly "Dad, I love you and trust you". Well, here I am years later and Dad, I want you to know that I am forever grateful for your life lessons. As much as I miss you every single minute of every single day, I know that you are with Him and In great hands. Dad, I love you and miss you and I am, and always will be, honored and proud to call you not only my best friend, but I am honored and proud to call you Dad!!
Love you!!

Verlene Love

June 12, 2011

Well, I almost missed the deadline for sending in my thoughts of Robert, but he has not been out of my mind and heart not one day. Robert was as close of a brother to me as his wife Gloria is a sister. We go back to when Robert met Gloria in college, and how over the years we lost contact, but never lost each other. Robert was such a wonderful man, the best friend you could ever wish for, wisdom personified, and boy could he make you laugh. Robert, I have yours and Gloria's picture from our last cruise together, and what a beautiful picture it is. Your big smile radiates love and happiness. Know that I will always be here for Gloria, to cry with her as she misses you so terribly and to laugh with her as we remember the funny and happy times. Sleep my dear brother until I see you in the resurrection. John 11:25. Your sister, Verlene.

Gloria Alford

May 20, 2011

Hello Babe. Well, the last several months have been a yo-yo of emotions. It is hard to imagine that June 9 will be the first full year of your departing us. It seems like yesterday to me. I've had great support from our family and friends. I talk to you everyday and know you are guiding me with your spirit. God has been my constant. I will always miss you. The pain and tears will always come, but trusting in Gods plan until we meet again. I love you deeply and thank you for giving me 50 wonderful years. Your soul mate forever. Gloria (ME)

September 11, 2010

Good Morning Babe. I wrote to you on your Birthday, but I must have pushed the wrong submit button. As you always said, this tech stuff was beyond us (smile). Happy 70th Birthday. I celebrated your birthday in Utah with your grandsons. You are not physically present, but you are so alive in my heart and mind. You are painfully missed everyday. You taught me so much, especially strength and dignity. I can and will carry that legacy for you. You are the buttonhole to my button, the chair to my cushion, the switch to my light, and the key to my heart. I will write again soon. Love you deeply, ME!!!

Aaron Alford

September 11, 2010

Dad - Happy Birthday! This first one without you is so tough but as you continually said to me "this to shall pass". Well it was a perfect night - I sang you Happy B-day and I know you heard me! I Love you!

Ann Yenne

July 20, 2010

Bob interviewed me for a job in District 11. I had stayed at home with my kids, so I was a brand new teacher at age 40. He was so kind and guided me through the process. I credit him with starting my career so well! What a delightful, caring man!