January 4, 1941 – August 7, 2018
Robert Gilroy, age 77 passed away on Tuesday August 7, 2018. Robert was born January 4, 1941 in New York, New York. Robert attended the University of Connecticut earning an MBA. Robert's career was in computer software, he was as avid amateur astronomer, and was a member and past president of the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association. Robert is survived by his wife Carol, son Bruce, and five grandchildren Cole, Colin, Conor, Lily, and Jacob.
A celebration of life for Robert will be held Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at East Lawn Palms Mortuary, 5801 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712, followed by a committal service from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.eastlawnpalmsmortuary.com for the Gilroy family.
- Celebration of Life Thursday, August 16, 2018
- Committal Service Thursday, August 16, 2018
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August 15, 2018
I met Bob at the first Star Party event he participated in with TAAA. That was when we were doing a prep event for the "Sharing the Sky" star party collecting money for Muscular Dystrophy. Carter and Bob were scheduled together at Wal Mart for the prep star party on the Friday night before "Sharing the Sky" on Saturday.
We talked a lot about his new membership in TAAA and his astronomy interests. It was that night or soon after that Carter and I discovered Bob's deep love for early radio shows. For several years Bob appeared at almost every TAAA monthly meeting with a CD for us of an early radio show of things like the "Lone Ranger" and the "Shadow." He provided us with many hours of delight with those CD's.
If I picked out a champion advocator of my delving into and learning astronomy basics while I hung around TAAA all these years, it would be Bob. He spent a lot of time trying to convince me to actually graduate from the Astronomy Fundamentals class. He was always filled with enthusiasm and passion, and I have trouble imagining that not being there.
August 14, 2018
I met Bob when I joined the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association. Bob was a passionate and dedicated leader in the club who cared deeply about sharing his personal love of the night sky with everyone, but particularly children.
I will always remember his enthusiastic smile, handshake and greeting at TAAA events. Bob loved group projects. He was the kind of leader who could make ditch digging and earth moving at the Gila Monster Observatory fun.