Published in The Morning
Journal on July 12, 2012
Sanborn, 91, of Lorain, Ohio, died July 10, 2012 at Autumn Aegis Nursing
Home, Lorain, following a lengthy illness.
Bob lived in Lorain his entire life and graduated from Lorain High School
as President of Class 1939B. At Lorain High, he was active in baseball,
basketball, and football. Bob went to the College of Wooster, graduating
in 1942. He was active in basketball and was Captain of the baseball team.
Bob enlisted in the Navy Air Corps and entered the service the day after
graduation serving three and a half years in the Naval Air Transport Service
throughout the South Pacific.
After discharge from the Navy as a Lieutenant J.G., Bob signed a contract
to play for the Chicago Cubs and spent a season in Janesville, Wisconsin,
where he met his wife, Lois Malley. A second season was spent in Ottawa,
Canada. He was on the All-Star team for both seasons as an outfielder
and catcher and was coached by Paul Dean while playing alongside several
Baseball Hall of Famers. He also played baseball with his brother, Don,
in the Cleveland Class A league on the Lorain Pulaski's. Bob was inducted
into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame on April 29, 1993.
Bob joined his brother, Don and father, Bob, to operate the Cleveland-Lorain
Highway Coach, which served Lorain and Cleveland on an hourly basis until
the sale of the company in 1977. Bob retired to a career in real estate
in Lorain and Naples, Florida.
He was also active throughout his career in several local and state organizations.
He was active in the formation of the Lorain Little League, a member of
the Rotary Club, and Church of the Redeemer. He also served as President
of the Lorain YMCA. He was also a long-time member of the Lorain Elks.
Bob was a starter at the Lorain Country Club and former Deer Track.
Left to cherish Bob's memory are his wife of nearly 66 years, Lois, daughter,
Linda of Lorain, son, David (Barbara) of Lorain, and son, Randy, of Morrisville,
NC, four grandchildren, Nichole Venson, Diane (Kyle) Crumley, Erin Sanborn,
Benjamin (Alyssa) Sanborn and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Lillian M. (nee Leach)
Sanborn and brothers, Kenneth and Don Sanborn, and one greatgrandchild.
Per Bob's wishes, services were private. Arrangements were handled by
Schwartz, Spence, Boyer and Cool Home for Funerals.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame,
P.O. Box 723, Lorain, and Ohio 44052.