Cumberland—Robert G. “Bobby” Christ, Sr. 81, of Cumberland, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Born November 9, 1935, he was the son of the late Philip T. Christ, Sr. and Mildred C. (Sell) Christ. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Trenton; and his brother, Philip T. Christ.
Bob graduated from LaSalle High School, class of 1954. He also attended the University of Maryland and Frostburg State University. Bob was an exceptional athlete in high school. He was on the baseball, basketball, and football teams at LaSalle. Bob was an all-city halfback in 1952 and 1953. He was the only player from the area to be on the Maryland State All State Football Team in 1952 and 1953. Bob was the lead scorer for the area in 1952. His picture hangs in the Sports Hall of Fame at Bishop Walsh School with the other exceptional athletes who have graduate from the Catholic schools.
Bob was a master electrician at Queen City Electric Company. Bob had the reputation of being the company’s trouble shooter. He became the vice president for the company in 1967. He taught in the apprentice school for electricians for 20 years, and he was a member of Local 307 Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Bob was the Chairman of the Board for the Electrical Apprentice School. He later became president of Queen City Electric Company. Under his leadership, he opened offices in Hagerstown, MD, and in West Virginia.
Bob is survived by his wife, Sandra S. Christ; three sons, Robert Christ, Jr. and wife Sharon, Cumberland, Richard Christ and fiancée Linda Hass, Evansville, IN, and Steven Christ and wife Lisa, Cumberland; step-son, Greg Snyder and fiancée, Judi Blacker, Cumberland; sister, JoAnn Thom, Cumberland; sisters-in-law, Barbara Christ, Littleton, MA, Delcia Hall and husband Larry, Millsboro, DE, and Jane Willard and husband Bill, Kingsville, MD; grandchildren, Andy Christ, Garrett Christ, Brendan Christ, Sean Christ, Rachel Christ, Alexa Christ, Austin Christ, and Brendan Harness; great-grandson, Braxton Bruce; and special niece, Cindy Trenton, Clifton Park, NY. Bob is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and several close cousins whom he loved dearly.
Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 4-8 P.M. The Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will have their Memorial Service on Tuesday at 7:45 P.M. at the funeral home. The Christian Wake Service will be conducted following the Electrical Workers Memorial Service. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Wednesday at 10 A.M. Burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Park.
The family has requested that their friends and family members refrain from sending flowers. Those wishing to honor Bob’s memory may do so by making contributions to the charity of their choice.
Sandy would like to extend her heartfelt thanks to Dr. Shakil for taking care of Bob for the past 30 years. Dr. Shakil gave her time to the family, always supplied advice, but most of all exhibited compassion. In addition, the family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Zaman, Dr. Mavromatis, Dr. Schmitt, Dr. Nelson, Dr. Ranjitian, and Dawn Wolford. Sandy is also grateful to the wonderful staff in the Peritoneal Dialysis Department at Western Maryland Health System. Without them, the last three years of Bob’s life would truly not have been possible. The family is also thankful to the staff in High Level Care for the wonderful care Bob received in his last week of life.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.