Robert D Carran

August 15, 1937October 16, 2013
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Robert "Bob" Dale Carran, (1937 - 2013), was born August 15, 1937 in Lakewood, Ohio. His parents moved to Florida when he was 3 months old, so he had always considered himself to be a true Floridian. He attended Saint Petersburg High School, then transferred to Northeast High School when the school was erected. Robert was in the first graduating class of Northeast High School. Robert enlisted in the United States Air Force on February 21, 1958, serving four years and studying at the University of Hawaii to become a teacher. He was discharged from the U.S.A.F. on August 9, 1961 and finished his final college year at the University of Florida. Bob was always proud to be a Gator. He began his first teaching job at Pinellas Park Junior High on August 26, 1962. Robert Carran met Maribeth Kulp on Halloween night 1963, and they married eight months later on June 19, 1964. Together they raised three daughters and one son. Robert taught at Pinellas Park Junior High School until June 8, 1983, then continued his teaching at Seminole Middle School from August 20, 1984 until retiring on June 7, 1996.

Upon retirement, Robert Carran joined the American Hibiscus Society Sunset Chapter. He became a board member and was Chairman of the Seed Bank. Bob sent hibiscus seeds around the world. He spent a lot of his time on his acre of land, crossbreeding hibiscus blooms, creating amazing new colors and varieties. Mr. Carran was even given a nickname of “Pollen Duster”. Bob's mellifluous voice can be heard on many of the hibiscus show videos.

Also upon retirement, Bob played for several softball teams. He had played softball when he was much younger and continued his pitching career as a part of the St. Petersburg Half Century Club. Notable were the Clearwater Reds team. He then joined the World Renowned St. Petersburg Three Quarter Century Club, better known as the Kids & Kubs. Robert Carran won over 400 softball games and was even recognized on local news channels for his accomplishment. He had a keen wit, a sharp sense of humor and a love for life. Bob kept a positive attitude, even when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, at his time of retirement, in 1996. He received radiation treatments, which put him into remission for five years, and he never let his health slow him down. When his cancer returned, he underwent other procedures and once again, he staved off cancer for another five years. Recently, when his PSA levels increased, he chose to try chemotherapy, but the treatments weakened him. Bob was admitted into the hospital on Thursday, October 10, 2013. His health rapidly declined, and he passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7:12 AM.

Robert “Bob” Carran is survived by his wife of 49 years, Maribeth Carran, his three daughters; Debra Vanhaerents, Kimberly Carew and Christina Carran and his three granddaughters and two grandsons.

Visitation held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 21, 2013 at the funeral home. Funeral Services held 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the funeral home.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st Street North, Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121.

Written with love by his daughter Debra Vanhaerents


  • Visitation Monday, October 21, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Cindi Crisci

October 22, 2013

We are so sorry to hear about Bob. He was a wonderful man. We are traveling and could not be there in person. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with Maribeth and Bob's entire family. Dale and Cindi Armstrong

Helen Gauvey

October 22, 2013

Deb, Dan, Jordan, Jaime, Jared & Carran family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Reading his obituary, I can tell he was a very loving father, grandfather, and friend. May you all be comforted with all of the loving memories.
The Gauvey family

Kimberly Carew

October 22, 2013

Dad- You have blessed this world with your passion for life and love of learning. So many have learned from your teachings. You live on through us all. We love and miss you. Like you, love you, see you someday.

Love Always

Kelly & David Johnson

October 21, 2013

Kim, Brian, Maribeth, Christy and Deb, So very sorry for you and your family's loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Brian Carew, Sr.

October 21, 2013

Love and prayers

Patti Vanhaerents

October 21, 2013

Our deepest sympathy for this wonderful families loss. I hope that Bob's great memories will help this time of his passing, bring you all some comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! God Bless
Sincere sympathy,
Jeff & Patti Vanhaerents
Jessica,Garrett,James & Kiara
Stay strong Debbie... We love you and are here for you!

Larry & Rhonda Vanhaerents

October 21, 2013

Sorry for your loss, praying

Patrick Hollidge

October 21, 2013

My condolences to you and your family.

Dawn Groothoff

October 21, 2013

The Groothoff family wishes to extend their sincere condolences to the entire family. May god give you all strength, peace and comfort during this time.

Robert Guli

October 21, 2013

So sorry for your loss Kim and Brian. We share your pain as you know about the passing of my dear mother two days later. Rest assured they will meet in heaven and they will always be in our hearts forever!
Our deepest heartfelt Sympathy's.......BOB & Jill