Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI


Robert Joseph Brough

August 3, 1960January 12, 2020

Robert Brough’s courageous experience with life came to a peaceful ending after a third and final battle with cancer. He was 59.

Rob grew up on Grosse Ile, and after graduating from GIHS in 1978, enrolled at Michigan State University. He pursued a degree in biology in hopes of following the family footsteps to medical school. Rob played trombone for two years in the Spartan Marching Band and was an active member of Theta Chi fraternity at MSU.

Following his sophomore year at college, Rob was involved in a water skiing accident in the Detroit River where he suffered a traumatic brain injury that would impact him for the rest of his life. After several years of rehab, assistance / encouragement from many friends and family, and his own never-give-up attitude, Rob eventually regained his ability to walk, communicate, and live independently again. He moved back to East Lansing, re-enrolled at Michigan State, and earned a bachelor of science degree in 1989.

Over the next 30 years, Rob lived on Grosse Ile, Southgate, and again in East Lansing where his sense of humor, infectious personality, and relentless self-drive made him a recognizable and embraceable member in those communities.

Rob is survived by his father, A. Joseph Brough (wife Mary Jo Brough) of Grosse Ile, his brother Glen Brough (wife April Clobes) of East Lansing, aunt Elizabeth Potter of Florida, and aunt Barbara Klobacher of Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Smith Brough of Grosse Ile, and his favorite dog, Sam!

Rob's family would like to thank everyone who lent him a helping hand in navigating the challenges he encountered along the way. Although his independent spirit never really seemed to embrace those gestures (!), your assistance was certainly appreciated by all those who loved him.


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Kurt Wiesemes

January 18, 2020

Bamboo was the epitome of courage and cheer. His Spartan Spirit was evident in all his endeavors. His smile, sense of humor, and kindness will always be remembered.

May your bus ride to the big canoe trip in the sky be joyful and may your float down river be peaceful my Brother.

Mary Jo Brough

January 17, 2020

My first memory of Rob was in his father’s office at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He was a kind, happy young man who was telling me he wanted to be a pediatrician. I instantly took a liking to him. All was fine until the day he was badly hurt from a water skiing accident. I was Rob’s step mom for 41 years and came to love him very much. While I am happy he had a peaceful passing, I will forever grieve for that young man and what might have been.

Scott Hibbard

January 15, 2020

I'll forever remember Rob's beautiful mixture of edge and love in his interactions with me and all the brothers throughout the 80s. How Rob persevered and moved forward everyday with the headwinds and challenges he faced made him an inspiration to me and everyone he interacted with.

And a word to Glen, you too are an inspirational character to be reckoned with. Your unwavering support and commitment to your brother is nothing short of amazing.

Love to both of you, Hibbi

Kenneth Marlin

January 15, 2020

Youthful exuberance was a trait I associated with Bamboo his whole life long. His impact will be with me until the day I pass on to join him on the celestial road trip. May you rest in the kind of peace only you can know. Naphead