Robert W. Westover, III (Robbie): father, husband, brother, son, uncle, friend. Robbie will be remembered as loyal and true to all of these important roles throughout his life and will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was always there for us all. Robbie was born at Burien, WA on August 27, 1960 to Robert W. Westover, Jr. and Susan S. Westover. Robbie died suddenly of a massive heart attack on April 29, 2008.
Rob was always a happy and energetic man who made friends easily. He felt a compelling responsibility to protect his sister, Deborah Winram, and younger brother, Russell (Rusty), throughout his life and was devoted to his parents and children. He married Eileen Boyle from whom he was later divorced. He then married the love of his life, Jamie, and assumed responsibility to help raise her children, Ryan and Megan, whom he loved as his own.
Rob attended Eastgate Elementary School and Tyee Middle School and graduated from Newport High School in Bellevue in 1978; he went on to receive a BA from Washington State University with a dual degree in finance and accounting in 1982. In college, he was an active member of the Phi Kappa Epsilon fraternity and maintained close contact with many of his fraternity brothers. During high school and college Robbie worked for contractors doing new home construction. He acquired many skills that he happily applied to helping his friends and family. Rob was also an accomplished auto mechanic and maintained his own as well as numerous friends’ and family’s vehicles. Rob was active in Boy Scouts.
Rob’s careers spanned field work for Dunn and Bradstreet; served as a technician for McCaw Cellular installing cellular transfer stations; served ten years as a computer technology specialist for the Boeing company; was CFO for Tiger Shark Golf Corporation; was a technology specialist for several start-up high tech companies; and was a project manager for partner development of new information technology for Microsoft where he worked until the time of his death.
Rob was well known for always being there for anyone needing help, never expecting anything in return. If you had a problem, Rob always had a solution and was anxious to help while making you feel good about accepting his aid. One never felt he created an obligation – that Rob’s support was given cheerfully, unconditionally, and selflessly. Rob got along with everyone and was universally loved and respected.
Rob’s many interests were varied. He loved gaming in Las Vegas, fishing, golf, pool, skiing, and traveling with his wife Jamie. Rob enjoyed the company of his little Jack Russell Terrier who accompanied him everywhere. Rob was a devoted “Cougar” and was proud of his WSU school experience. He was a born leader and ascended to become president of many social organizations with which he became involved. Rob had the unusual ability to be immediately accepted and admired by all whom he met. He loved and was deeply devoted to his children, Rachael and Bert, and played an important role in the development of Jamie’s children, Ryan and Megan. Rob loved his brother, Russell, and took every opportunity to spend time with him working on projects or playing. He also maintained contact with and loved his little sister who lives in Frederick, MD. Rob was particularly close to his parents and called them almost daily, visiting them many times each month. He was always there to help make their computers work and to keep them up to date with the latest technologies. Rob is irreplaceable and will leave a hole in the hearts of his family and friends.
Rob is survived by his wife, Jamie Winslow Westover; daughter, Rachael Westover; son, Robert W. Westover, IV (Bert), and grandson Donovan Westover; sister, Deborah Westover Winram, her husband Scott and daughter Mary Helen of Frederick, MD, brother, Russell Stowe Westover, his wife Suzanne and children Gabrielle, Christine, and Alex of Snohomish, WA; parents, Robert W. Westover Jr. and Susan S. Westover of Bellevue, WA, uncle and aunt Joe and Jean Westover of Granbury, TX; and several cousins and many other close relatives and innumerable friends.
Goodbye Robbie. We will love and will miss you forever.
Friends and relatives are cordially invited to share a celebration Robbie’s life which will be held at Washington Cathedral located at 12300 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond, WA 98052. Services will begin at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 8th, 2008 Following the Memorial service, relatives and friends are invited to a reception at Sammamish Forest Manor Club house located at 2407- 175th Ave NE, Redmond, WA to share their support and their experiences with Rob.
In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund in the name of Robert W. Westover III will be set up to help deserving students attend Washington State University. Details of this will be forthcoming soon. For information please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org or call his father at 425-747-1740.