Robert Pugh

Robert E. "Bob" Pugh

Wednesday, April 22nd, 1936 - Sunday, April 12th, 2020
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PUGH, Robert "Bob" died April 12, 2020. He was born on April 22, 1936 in Dayton, OH, the son of the late Walter and Margaret Pugh. Bob was a 1954 graduate of Fairmont High School. While at Fairmont, Bob received All League and All Area first team recognition in football and was the recipient of the Charles Roger Finley Award as the outstanding senior athlete in his final year in school. He is a member of the Fairmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame. After spending one year in the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, Bob attended Miami University on a football scholarship and graduated from Miami in 1959. Bob taught and coached in Kettering for 8 years, worked at Firestone at their Dayton Tire and Rubber facility for 13 years, and then spent 19 years with the Continental Cablevision / Media One, retiring in 1999 from his job as the Director of Corporate Affairs. Preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Jane; and brother, Tom. Bob is survived by his two sons, Jim and Steven (Charito) both of Bellbrook; one grandson, Cameron Pugh, who he dearly loved; two step-grandchildren, Ryan (Emily) and Vince (Kelly) Arceo; five step-great grandchildren, Maya, Ethan, Cooper, Lexi, and Ryder; two sisters, Joanne (Andy) Launer of Columbus, OH, and Sandy (Larry) Hefflin of Springboro, OH; one sister-in-law, Suzanne Gillaspy of Bellbrook, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was an active church member throughout his life and served in various leadership roles in each church he attended. He most recently served as Trustee Chairperson for 6 years at Hope United Methodist Church. Besides his devotion to his family and his church work, Bob coached the Bellbrook High School girls' basketball team for 2 years and continued to volunteer at the high school in various capacities until his death. He is responsible for compiling and maintaining all of the history, records, and statistics for the Bellbrook girls' basketball program, the history beginning in 1925 and extending to the present. In lieu of flowers, Bob has requested that any donations be directed to The Triple Threat Club at Bellbrook High School, the organization that supports and funds girls' basketball, or to the Alzheimer's Association. A private memorial service will be held at the family's convenience at Hope United Methodist Church. (Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the memorial service will be for immediate family only. A "Celebration of Life" will be scheduled at on a later date. Stay home and be safe.)
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James Wick

Posted at 03:50pm
As an Oakview student knew and liked his father, our Principal, Walter Pugh. Had Bob as a phys. ed. teacher at Van Buren JHS. He encouraged me to be a manager/stat guy for our 9th grade basketball team. We had lots of fun with that. Talked to him prior to one of our Fairmont West class of '69 reunions. Just cold called and started right up. One of my favorite teachers. Great to play Bombardment (dodgeball) in phys. ed. with him joining us. He was a wonderful stand up guy.

Julie Biermann

Posted at 02:39pm
Jim and Family,
Your dad was such a treasure! I do not remember any of our Bellbrook sporting events where he was not present. He was one of our greats, like Mr. Holmes, such a huge, positive influence on so many, backing all our endeavors and promoting our efforts. If not for him, we would not have the great legacy of Bellbrook athletic history we now have.
I know he did so much for me and Jeanne, getting reporters in to write articles about Bellbrook basketball and nominating our players and team for many awards. It was his way - to lift others up. I will always remember Mr. Pugh with great fondness.
Jim, I pray God will be with you and your family, easing your sorrow a little more each day.

Julie Biermann

Charito Pugh Posted at 11:51am

Ms. Julie, Dad was a devoted and a wonderful father to us. We are blessed to have had his love and presence in our lives for so many years. Losing him has been a very painful experience. He dearly loved us, his church, and the Bellbrook Athletics. He particularly enjoyed being allowed to compile the records and stats for girls’ basketball and hope someone will continue to update them now that he can’t. Your kind words and loving support to our family is very much appreciated during this difficult time. Steven, Jim, Chat

Michael McCullough

Posted at 10:59am
Will miss him, he left a legacy with the Bellbrook sports that will never be matched.

Charito Pugh Posted at 12:13pm

Mr. Michael, Dad’s top 3 on his list: his family, his church, and the Bellbrook Athletics! He was a devoted and a wonderful father to us. We are blessed to have had his love and presence in our lives for so many years. We will miss him tremendously. Thank you for your kind words. Steven, Jim, Chat

Mary Hollister

Posted at 09:00am
Rob-Mary-Megan Hollister
Jim we are so sorry for the loss of your father. We hold wonderful memories of him. He was such an important part
of the Bellbrook’s Basketball Program, he always showed his love through his smile and interaction with the players and their families. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Charito Pugh Posted at 12:27pm

Thank you for your kind words. Dad is one of a kind....gentle, kind, loving, humble, respectful, man of class, God-fearing man, smart...... He loved us, his church, and the Bellbrook Athletics! He particularly enjoyed being allowed to compile the records and stats for girls’ basketball. We will miss him dearly. Steven, Jim, Chat

Mick and Molly Hofacker and Family

Posted at 07:36pm
Jim, our family is very sorry to hear about Bob's passing. I can't tell you how much respect I had for him and how much I enjoyed talking to him about Bellbrook basketball. One of the first things I did when I went to a game was to head over to that side of the gym to get your Dad's take on the current state of the team. His attitude and dedication were something that I appreciated and admired.

Charito Pugh Posted at 12:41pm

We are blessed to have had dad’s love and presence in our lives for so many years. He was a devoted and a wonderful father to us. Aside from his love for us and his church, his love for the Bellbrook Athletics was unmeasurable. Your kind words brought light into our very difficult time. Thank you. Steven, Jim, Chat

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