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Obituary: Robert Paul Schreiber

Loving grandfather, father, longtime Claremont resident, real estate agent

Robert Paul Schreiber was born to Frank and Opal Schreiber in Berkeley, California on May 24, 1948. In 1952 he became an older brother to sister Marcia Eve Schreiber, and the family moved to Altadena/Pasadena, where they made their roots. He graduated from John Muir High School in Pasadena and attended Pasadena City College.

Robert, later known as Bob or Ace to those close to him, decided to work in his father’s business, Schry-Way Cases, where he dedicated more than 30 years. This career afforded him the experience of working with his father and longtime friends, operating and managing a profitable business, and the ability to support his family. 

After his children had left for college the family business was sold, and in 2005 he became a valuable agent with Curtis Real Estate in Claremont. He deeply appreciated the professional relationships he developed within the community. Success in this career was helping families find their perfect home, and many clients became friends along the way.

To know him was to know his loving wife, family and close friends. In his early years, he could be found drumming for his band with dear friend Richard Estrada on the guitar. In 1975, he was married to his soul mate, Nancy Carol Blum. Later they two had two children, Brian and Kimberly. 

In 1986 they moved to Claremont, where they raised their family. He committed his free time to coaching football for his son, attending all extracurricular activities for his children, and being a support for all school projects. 

Once his own children had grown, he was able to fulfill the role as “world’s best grandpa” (“pa” or “poppy”) and help to raise five beautiful grandchildren, Boston, Ashlynn, Jackson, Jonathan and Ty. Much like with his own children, “pa” could be found teaching his grandchildren  woodworking, engaging in sporting and outdoor activities, working on projects around the house, helping with school work, and taking regular trips to the donut shop. 

In addition to his immediate family, he loved spending time with his extended family and hosting many holiday festivities. He had great admiration and respect for his loving in-laws, Carl and Alice Blum.

Some of the best Schreiber family memories for him were from their cabin in Big Bear, which was named “Grandpa’s Dream” in honor of his father, Frank Schreiber. The family spent most of their time playing games and enjoying the outdoors, away from the hustle of regular life. 

“Ace is best known as a man of integrity, honesty, compassion and heart,” his family shared. “His love filled a room as much as his big smile and boisterous laugh. His family and friends felt his selfless unconditional love every day. He was also a man of devotion, keeping God at the center of his life’s work. He trusted in his faith which helped give him strength to remain strong, positive and courageous through his battle with cancer over the past six years.”

He died Sunday, February 28 at home with the devoted love of his life, Nancy by his side. He was 72.

“He now rests in a place of unconditional love and peace and is missed beyond measure,” his family added. 

He is survived by his wife Nancy; children Brian and Kimberly; daughter-in-law Chelsea;  grandchildren Boston, Ashlynn, Jackson, Jonathan and Ty; sister Marcia; father-in-law Carl; extended Blum family and many friends. 

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html; or Ronald McDonald House charities at https://www.rmhc.org/donate

“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” —Paramahansa Yogananda

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