Robert Vaughan Freebairn, 92, of Avon Lake, Ohio passed away at his home Thursday, June 30, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 25, 1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to parents Robert Vaughan and Grace (McClaskey) Freebairn.
Robert was a 1951 graduate from Penn State University, earning his degree in Education. He was the captain of the Cross Country Team his senior year when they won the NCAA Championship and Bob received an invitation to the Olympics. He became an industrial sales agent and manager, which led him to relocating to Cleveland. Rob went on to found Phoenix Associates in 1981, a custom fabricating producer of various non-metallic products. He enjoyed working with a wide variety of customers until his retirement in 2007.
Robert enjoyed traveling, visiting places like Scotland, Wales, England, the EU, Costa Rica, the Galápagos Islands, the Greek Islands, Tuscany, and Alaska with his beloved wife Carol. He enjoyed attending performances of the Cleveland Orchestra, and taking in exhibits at the Cleveland Art Museum, and reading.
More than anything else, Robert loved his family and spending time with them. He was kind, caring, loving, generous, smart, funny, and hardworking. An amazing husband, father, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle, friend, and "dad" to numerous fur-babies.
Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years Carol Freebairn; loving children Vaughan Amare (Mykal) and Lisa Freebairn (Tom Ligman); loving stepdaughter Julie Schneider (Gregory); grandchildren Emily Freebairn, Elizabeth Freebairn, Megan Miller (Glenn), Michael Schneider, Ryan Schneider, and Matthew Schneider; great grandson Mason Miller; and siblings Harry Freebairn (Carol), and Kathryn Ressler. He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister Edith Rogers.
Memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, July 29, 2022 at the Community Chapel in Lakeview Cemetery, 12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland. Private interment to follow. www.buschcares.com 440-933-3202