Robert Sampson
  • 51 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 7, 1965
  • Date of passing: May 23, 2017
  • Place of passing:
    Tampa, Florida, United States
No one is actually gone until the ripples they caused in the world fade away.

Taken from us much too soon, Robert "Bobby" Sampson will be dearly missed and fondly remembered forever.

He hated funerals, so in pure Bobby style we will be honoring him with a celebration of his life. (And there was MUCH to celebrate.)

The event will take place in Tampa, Florida on Friday, May 26th 2017 from 5-9pm.

All friends and family are welcome. Food and beverages will be provided. We know there will be some tears of sadness, but we also hope to smile, laugh, and remember all the wonderfulness of Bobby and the joy he gave to the the world and those who loved him.

Location: The Plaza on Harbour Island. 450 Knights Run Avenue, Tampa FL, 33602.

For out of town guests:

The closest airport is Tampa International (TPA)

Hotels within walking distance (click title of hotel for website)...

The Westin Harbour Island (5 min walk)
725 S. Harbour Island Blvd. 33602

Marriott Waterside (10 min walk)
700 S. Florida Ave. 33602

For those unable to attend, you can still be part of the celebration by sending Bobby a message or prayer. Messages may be posted here as Tribute or Story, or email them to:

We will print all messages on organic paper made from sugarcane, and then on Saturday morning, those printed words and wishes will be taken to the beach by his family so that they can forever be part of the ocean, as will some of his ashes in the near future. The ripple effects of his life will live on forever, so we feel this is a beautiful way to give him a loving send-off as he embarks on his next great adventure.


If you have questions or need directions please contact Karen at 443-838-7228

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Yvonne Stine on 3rd July 2017

"I am just finding out that my Cousin passed away. He was only a year older than me. Us kids lived with our grandmother and Bobby and Billy would come in the summer to visit grandma in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania. I remember when his kids were born, I remember the wedding gift towels that Aunt Marian said would like nice for  Charlotte and His wedding. I just can't believe it. Lance and Ashley 1st your grandma then your grandpa Sampson now your Father. God Bless you kids. He was too young,. Yvonne Rose Stine."

This tribute was added by Teginder Ravi on 7th June 2017

"Happy Birthday Bob! We miss you dearly. Each day at work I know you are watching over me as a big brother would. Never before had I thought about how much your regular advice and challenges meant to us. We will be all wearing "What would Bob Do?" bands soon ( John's team idea). That's what I ask myself now."

This tribute was added by P J on 30th May 2017

"My sincere condolences to the family.   Your loved one apparently lived life joyfully and really loved people. God has promised to bring about a time when we can see our loved ones again. Revelations 21:3,4.  At that time all mankind will enjoy perfect health on a paradise earth.  May you find comfort from the God of all comfort."

This tribute was added by L M on 29th May 2017

"My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Robert Sampson. The death of a loved one can be very painful and weight heavily on our hearts. God gives hope to see the ones we loss in death again( John 5:2829 says "Do not be amazed at this,for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tomb will here his voice and come out ". May you all continue to hold the precious memories of your dearly beloved Robert close to your hearts and know that very soon gods promises will become a reality. Psalms 37:9-11."

This tribute was added by John Molitoris on 26th May 2017

"I had only met Bobby one time under what were very awkward circumstances.  But after meeting him and shaking his hand I realized that he was someone who probably would've been a good friend of mine.  Rest in peace Bobby.
You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Len Smith on 26th May 2017

""I had the extreme pleasure of knowing Bob for approximately 20 years.  From the first time I met him (I interviewed him for a Regional Manager position in the Philadelphia area), I knew he was a special person.  There was no doubt in my mind that he would go on to have a great life and career, as he was filled with passion for his family, friends, and his business environment.  I believe some others have mentioned his hearty laugh and infectious smile - just a couple of his distinctive trademarks.  Because the home delivery environment is such a small world, we crossed paths frequently from the time he left our first association together at Merchants Home Delivery.  As he climbed the career ladder elsewhere, I can honestly say that his positive approach to life and business never wavered.  We worked together on several successful projects while being employed with different companies.  When Bob was involved - I knew we were destined to succeed!!!  Just recently, I was lucky enough to get involved again with him on another business project.  For me personally, I feel like he opened the door to further long term relationships and successes.  He will continue to guide our trials and tribulations from Heaven, and help us all to be better people.  Rest in peace, my friend.""

This tribute was added by Cesar Choco Patiño on 25th May 2017

"Bobby took me under his wing and always encouraged me to do better to be better not just professionally but also in my personal life. I was blessed to spend time with him ..we spoke daily. Last year on a road trip thru SC and NC and this month in Albany NY, we had a great time, he shared so many stories. I miss not getting his calls, texts, it will not be easy but I know he will always have my back..he always did.  I will treasure every email/ txt / conversation. He will always answer the phone and say " Hi Cesar, How's my favorite Choco!!" and will always say " I love you brother".  He had a great outlook in life and was super hyped of everything coming up...definitely taken to soon and he has left a great empty space in my life...I will miss you my dear boss/mentor but overall my friend..until we meet again. CChoco"

This tribute was added by Paul Ruskai on 25th May 2017

"Bob blew me away on a daily basis with his strong attention to detail to business. He truly lived for it. Very passionate on a personal and professional level. He was so full of life more than anyone else. He will be strongly missed but never forgotten. He was a brother to everyone including myself. Till we meet again Bob.Godd bless!"

This tribute was added by Dave Jester on 25th May 2017

"It was 1990 when I met Bob. I was hired as Branch Manager at Marlo
Furniture. Bob was already there working as Merchandise Manager. It didn't take long to realize this thin, young man with a great attitude, constant smile and great laugh was a definite asset to the organization.
A short time later Bob was promoted to Operations Manager, the second in command of a multi-million dollar retail operation. We became close friends and worked togeather at Marlo for the next two years.

I moved on from Marlo and took a position at Merchants Home Delivery.  My responsibility was to start up and manage a Sears home delivery account in Gaithersburg Maryland. The first position I needed to fill was one that required a loyal, dedicated, hard working, honest assistant manager so of course, I called my dear friend a colleague Bob Sampson.  I always believed when building a strong team you first hire good people.  Not just people that are good at work but people that are good at life. I've never been associated with a better person than Bob.  Needless to say, I was thrilled that Bob was up for the challenge and accepted the position. We worked on that account for the next couple of years until Merchants upper management like other companies before and after, recognized all of the many talents that Bob had to offer and promoted him to more challenging assignments. As always he was a great success.

After several more years at Merchants, I once again moved on.  This time to Purnell Furniture Services as Operations Manager.  Well, it didn't take long to realize the need for a top notch manager so once again I called on Bob.  Because of his past successes, I didn't think I had much of a shot to coax him to join this small but growing company but to my surprise and excitement, Bob agreed to locate his family to Virginia and take on the challenge.  What a benefit it turned out for Purnell and other clients of Purnell.  

And now 27 years later I am shocked and saddened by his passing. And I am saddened for his children Ashley and Lance and his entire family. I am blessed and forever grateful to have known Bob Sampson

Rest in peace, my dear friend. I cherish every minute I ever spent with you."

This tribute was added by Blanca Garcia on 25th May 2017

"Bob was for me a very nice gentleman, human being and a very nice person, always very friendly and respectful, I will always will remember when every afternoon he says to me:"Hasta manana Senorita" As I coordinate the room for his meetings, we talked and laughed all the times.He will be missed because he was loved for all of us in our office."

This tribute was added by Ian Peterson on 25th May 2017

"When I started my career 5 years ago in 2012, I was called into Bob's (this is when we knew him as Bob) office.  I thought I was going to be in trouble, yet I didn't know for what as I had thought I had been doing a great job for the couple of months that I had been with that company at the time.  Bob told me that he thought I was too smart to be in my current position and that I had too much drive to be in this position much longer.  He then asked me if I would be willing to relocate to Baltimore, to take a young leadership role and train with some of the best in the business.  

Bob gave me 2 more promotions within 2 years of working with him.  He also gave me great lessons in this industry and in business.  He taught me a lot of what has lead to my success.  His vision was always clear and you always knew what his expectation was.  You never wanted to let him down, and you knew that you wanted to make him proud as a leader.  People work hard for great leaders, and Bobby was an incredible leader, one of the best.

Without him seeing what he saw in me, I would not be where I am today.  Others by effect, would not be where they are either.  I will continue to live and lead with Bobby in mind and will pay it forward when I have the opportunity as Bobby did for me.

Goodbye Bobby.

P.S.  I will continue to only drink high quality lemon flavored iced tea.  Only Snapple, not Lipton."

This tribute was added by Scott Young on 25th May 2017

"My connection with Bob was instantaneous back in 2005.  Our shared passion for something better in our industry was the driving force to our connection and throughout the years our business relationship formed into a greater friendship.  Bob had tremendous loyalty to his family, his family and his Christian faith.  From an early sleeper to an early riser you could always count on him for guidance and/or support as he was willing to give everything he had to make things better.  I am blessed to have known him, and I am better because of him.  To Ashley and Lance, he loved you...He loved talking about you....and he loved being your Dad."

This tribute was added by Mike Nanfito on 25th May 2017

"I had the pleasure of working with Bobby early in my career in Langhorne PA, and recently with Diverse.  Bobby was a great guy to work with and know and he will be missed.  Goodbye my friend."

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