Robert Edwin JAGGER

August 12, 1927July 28, 2020

Robert E. Jagger, 92, was born and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan, outside of Detroit, and spent many summers with his aunts/uncles in Tollesboro, Kentucky. In high school, he played football, basketball, and baseball and was on the cross country team that won the 1944 state championship. He attended Hillsdale College, where he played basketball and baseball, graduating with a degree in economics. After college, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was subsequently accepted into OCS and honorably discharged as a captain. Later, on the GI Bill, he enrolled at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg and graduated in 1958.

While in law school, he met his wife of 60 years, Jo Ann, who survives him along with their 2 sons, Robert (Kathleen) and Edwin (Melissa), 4 grandchildren, Jackie, Paige, Jacob, and Blake, 3 nephews, Robert, Scott, and Randy Rule, and 1 first cousin, Beverly Brady. He was predeceased by his sister, Brenda (Jagger) Rule. Mr. Jagger practiced law in Pinellas County for over 50 years, during which time he served as the longest standing elected Public Defender in the country. For his contributions to the area of criminal law, he received numerous national, state, and local awards, including Distinguished Alumni Awards from both Hillsdale and Stetson. In 2010, he received the Professional Award from the St. Petersburg Bar. He was also an adjunct professor at Stetson for many years, and served several terms on the law school’s Board of Overseers, and in 2005 was inducted into the Stetson Law Hall of Fame.

No services are presently planned. The family would request that any contribution in his memory be made to the Stetson University College of Law c/o Robert E. Jagger Public Defender Endowed Scholarship. Serenity Gardens, Largo.


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Frank Massaro

August 5, 2020

It started with the "bear claws" ... it continued with the morning coffee with you and Jo in Florida ... Bob, you would turn the lamp on so I would be assured you were up for our 7 a m coffee on the mountain... With "Edwin" now ...I'm watching over your place up here ... just like I promised.
My strongest knowing you and the essence of your presence in my life was that you never told me what I wanted to hear... you told me what I needed to hear... with the emphasis always on family.

Jagger Family ... more than ever now you remain so very special to the
Massaro Family ...
Frank, Trudi, David and Mark

Janice Dietrich

July 30, 2020

Robert Jagger was an important part in the life of my father, Harry F. Dietrich, and to our whole family. We extend our condolences on the passing of this great man.

Debie Dove

July 29, 2020

Mr. Jagger was such a big influence in my childhood and will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mrs. Jagger, Bobby and Edwin. Love Debie

Diane Dove

July 29, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob was a large part of our family and so many memories with Mom and Dad. Our entire family sends our love.

The Doves

Angela Graber-Licht

July 29, 2020

My heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Jagger and family. "The boss" was one of the best.


Pamela Kasardo

July 29, 2020

My deepest sympathy.

C L " Woody" Weidemeyer

July 29, 2020

I am so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Woody Weidemeyer


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