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Robert E. Cameron

April 30, 1963December 13, 2018
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Robert E. Cameron peacefully passed away late Wednesday night from complications due to glioblastoma. He leaves behind his children, Rob, Tyler and Mira, their mother, Pam, his parents, Loren and Jeannette, siblings, Ann, Scott and Liz, the cats he loved so much despite his allergies, Jasper, Smokey and Bear, and many friends.

Rob was very proud to be a principal/owner at the accounting firm Hughes, Cameron & Company. He spent many years involved with the Illinois CPA Society, including serving as Chairperson of the society from 2011 to 2012. More than anything, he loved refereeing soccer games for the Springfield YMCA, United States Soccer Federation and the Illinois High School Association. If you have played soccer in the Springfield area during the past 20-plus years, it is very possible that Rob has given you a yellow card. It is even more likely that Rob has answered the question “How are you doing?” with an anecdote about something that happened during one of your games or you have referred to him as “the ref with Jesus hair.” Rob also volunteered his time with The Phoenix Center, which awarded Rob with the OUTstanding Award this past fall in recognition of his efforts. Rob previously served on the New Berlin School Board, and has also volunteered countless hours teaching computer classes, leading Cub Scout groups and coaching soccer teams.

A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Bisch Funeral Home, located at 2931 S Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL, with remarks and stories shared at 4:30 P.M. Prior to his passing, Rob requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Phoenix Center (www.phoenixcenterspringfield.org) in his honor. Rob wanted his family to remind everyone to “Be safe, be brave, be strong.”

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Jose Ferniza

December 18, 2018

Rob, will be deeply missed, he was a good friend.

I met Rob when I started referring at the IHSA and at the Y, I will always be grateful for his supporting and encouraging words during my first year as a referee, he was a good listener and a good mentor, but above all he was a great human being.

Rest in Peace.

Amie Pranaitis

December 18, 2018

Rob was my business partner, but more importantly, he was my friend. We traveled a lot for work. We drove all over Illinois, and sometimes to Michigan and Missouri. I always looked forward to those long drives. It was great listening to Rob's stories for hours on end. I never had to worry about keeping the conversation going with him. But, as much as he could talk, he would also listen. He was so intuitive and knew when to lend an ear. He taught me a lot. He was honest and kind, sarcastic and funny. He touched a lot of lives through his work, refereeing, and volunteering. I am a better person for having known him. My time with him was too short. I will hang onto the memories forever. My favorite memory was when we were traveling back home from a long day of work, and as a joke, I made him listen to the song "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khalid. He loved it. We played it on repeat and "danced" and sang while we navigated through the Chicago tollway. You are a true winner, Rob. I will miss you.

Brent Crossland

December 15, 2018

It was always about kids smiling. Rob and I talked about youth soccer more than anything else. Sure he did my taxes, but that was just money. Youth soccer was a passion and a joy. More than anyone I know, Rob wanted to get kids out onto the soccer field and he didn’t just want them to learn to play the game. He wanted them to have fun playing the game – to enjoy just being out there with their friends kicking the ball - regardless of who won and who lost.

Over nearly two decades we refereed games together, but we also taught YMCA referee classes, we took the USSF referee instructor training, and we taught some USSF entry level classes together. We spent hours talking about how to recruit new referees and then how to support and encourage them. We spent hours talking about how the YMCA soccer program could be improved & expanded and how we might influence that. And Rob would always say that the payoff was “all those smiling faces on Saturday mornings” on the Y soccer fields.

I’m one of those people who believes that “life goes on” and that “no one is irreplaceable”. The things we all tell ourselves so that we move forward. But I’m not sure that Saturday morning soccer will look the same next spring without Rob pointing out all of those smiling faces.

And Rob, I still don’t think the referee should have awarded a PK for handling in the US v Germany game in the 2002 World Cup.

Bill Moss

December 15, 2018

Rob was a great guy. Rob and I worked together on many peer review engagements for well over 20 years. Rob was a true professional and was a very skilled CPA. We had many lunches at Smokey Bones over the years. It was an honor to work with Rob and to know him. Prayers for the family. RIP Rob.

Andrea & Bill Johnson

December 15, 2018

So very sorry to hear of Robs illness & passing.
Our son played T ball with Robs oldest & was in cub scouts many years ago.


What I remember most is his calm, caring & approachable personality.

Condolences to all his family.
Andrea, Bill, Jesse & Alexa Johnson

Todd Evans

December 14, 2018

Rob was the instructor when I first obtained my USSF license about nine years ago. Despite the dry material he made it bearable as we spent two days in the class. You could tell he enjoyed doing it. I remember him telling us after we had passed the test that now all we had to do was to go out and get 100% of our calls correct and improve from there.

I also had the opportunity to work with him a few times as a referee. That wasn’t necessarily a good thing. It seemed like every time we worked together something weird and/or controversial would happen that we would have to figure out. It became a bit of a joke between the two of us that it was going to be a rough day when we were together.

I’ve missed him since he was no longer able to ref and now that he’s gone I’ll miss him more. God Bless your family. He was a good man.

Phillip Schaefer

December 14, 2018

I have had the privilege of getting to know Rob over the past year and one-half. During that period, I have seen him as a caring landlord, an extremely professional and competent CPA, but above all, I have seen a very kind and compassionate person. I have always admired the many great qualities I saw in Rob. I will miss him greatly. May God be with him and the members of his family as we go forward being safe, being brave, being strong.

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Biography

Robert E. Cameron peacefully passed away late Wednesday night from complications due to glioblastoma. He leaves behind his children, Rob, Tyler and Mira, their mother, Pam, his parents, Loren and Jeannette, siblings, Ann, Scott and Liz, the cats he loved so much despite his allergies, Jasper, Smokey and Bear, and many friends.

Rob was very proud to be a principal/owner at the accounting firm Hughes, Cameron & Company. He spent many years involved with the Illinois CPA Society, including serving as Chairperson of the society from 2011 to 2012. More than anything, he loved refereeing soccer games for the Springfield YMCA, United States Soccer Federation and the Illinois High School Association. If you have played soccer in the Springfield area during the past 20-plus years, it is very possible that Rob has given you a yellow card. It is even more likely that Rob has answered the question “How are you doing?” with an anecdote about something that happened during one of your games or you have referred to him as “the ref with Jesus hair.” Rob also volunteered his time with The Phoenix Center, which awarded Rob with the OUTstanding Award this past fall in recognition of his efforts. Rob previously served on the New Berlin School Board, and has also volunteered countless hours teaching computer classes, leading Cub Scout groups and coaching soccer teams.

A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Bisch Funeral Home, located at 2931 S Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL, with remarks and stories shared at 4:30 P.M. Prior to his passing, Rob requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Phoenix Center (www.phoenixcenterspringfield.org) in his honor. Rob wanted his family to remind everyone to “Be safe, be brave, be strong.”