Robert Daniel Townsend


Robert Daniel Townsend, of Hermitage, passed away at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh on Thursday April 11, 2019. He was 71.
Bobby was born July 13, 1947, in Sharon, a son of Robert Townsend Jr. and Kathleen Allen Townsend.
He was employed for 27 years at the former Sharon Steel Corp.'s Farrell plant, working many years in the scarfing yard. Following the closing of Sharon Steel, he worked as an at-risk adviser for the Farrell Area School District for 13 years.
Bobby was an avid NBA basketball fan. He always said there was a basketball game on 24/7 somewhere in the world. In his younger days, he coached many youth basketball and midget football teams. He, himself, was a member of the "Over-the-Hill" basketball team, playing in numerous Gus Macker 3-on-3 tournaments.
Bobby will always be remembered for being the "photographer of the valley," taking numerous candid pictures. His specialty was wedding photos and videos.
He was a Vietnam War Veteran (1st Battalion, 4th Infantry) from 1966 to his honorable discharge in 1968 as an SP4 (T), serving in Germany.
As a member of Ruth African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Sharon, he previously served as a trustee, and prior to his recent illness, served on the Usher Board. Bobby was also a dedicated Prince of Peace volunteer (with the volunteers of Ruth A.M.E. Zion Church serving meals at the local social services agency).
He leaves to cherish his memory, his daughters, Sonya K. Townsend, Sharon, and Rolaunda C. Johnson (Lloyd), New Castle; his sons, Robert Q. Townsend (his fiancée, Tamie), Charleroi, Pa., and Richard D. Townsend (Nicole), Phoenix, Ariz.; his sister, Christine A. Townsend, Hermitage; his uncle, Willie James Townsend, South Ozone Park, N.Y.; his aunt, Mary A. Ridley, Brooklyn, N.Y.; his stepmother, Dorothy Askerneese Townsend, Forest Hills; 10 grandchildren, Brittany Townsend, Jasmine Townsend, Cherade Townsend, Shantel Townsend, Desmonde Jennings, Destinee Jennings, Daysha Jennings, Mykia Townsend-Strozier, Jourdan Townsend and Ashton Crooks; two step-grandchildren, Dayisa Nunn and Deotis Nunn; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Nelson C. Townsend; his companion, Betty Jones; and a great-grandson, Noah-Divine Dungee.

Robert Daniel, 71, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday (4-18-19) at Ruth AME Zion Church, Sharon.
The family will receive friends at the home of Sonya K. Townsend, 800 Sherman Ave., Sharon.
Homegoing celebration: 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Interment: America's Cemetery, Hermitage.
Ministry of comfort and transitional care entrusted to J.E. WASHINGTON FUNERAL SERVICES INC., 1059 Hamilton Ave., Farrell.
Published on April 15, 2019
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Chiffon Cozart
Apr 19, 2019
I'm sending prayers to the family. Uncle Bobby was in my life since I was little. He was a blessing to the Cozart family. We love y'all
Steve D Gurrera
Apr 18, 2019
Class of 65 lost a special person
Bobby T was a great person and a great personal friend.
To My mans Bobby a great person great family and Friend you will be missed by all God Bless my friend
Apr 18, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the promise God gives us for the future, that He will soon end all reasons for distress, even sickness and death. (Revelation 21:4)
Julie Clark
Apr 18, 2019
Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family💜
Vernell Shannonhouse
Apr 17, 2019
My deepest sympathy for the entire Townsend Family. Bobby was like a real big brother to me, always had a smile on his face and a lending hand to any one in need. He took my wedding pictures, every Family Reunion i hosted and i could call him anytime for anything. Im gonna truely miss seeing him, seeing his smile, but i know he is in Heaven With God.
Gayle Woodard
Apr 17, 2019
I still can't believe your gone. My heart is broken. I will miss you so much. Until we meet again. My condolences to the faily.
Brenessa Swain (Jermaine)
Apr 17, 2019
Richard, I pray God comforts you and your family during your time of sorrow. 🙏🏽
Brian and Maria Warren
Apr 16, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Richard Townsend and the Family.
One of my funny memory's is when Richard and Nicole got engaged at the aquarium and every time I saw him he kept saying I'm not young to be walking all over this place, but he was leaving all of us in the dust lol It was a pleaser to know him, may he rest in peace 🙏
Vanessa Long
Apr 16, 2019
Sending my love, prayers and condolences to the family. Peace be with you 💜
George Holmes
Apr 16, 2019
I will miss you very much my dear friend I will miss our
phone calls to each other, God bless you my friend
My sincere condolences and prayers to your family.
George Holmes
Apr 16, 2019
You and I go back a long, long way I love you like a brother
and I will miss you very much I love you my friend.
God be with you my dear friend
My sincere Condolences and prayers to the family
Friends too the end.
Apr 16, 2019
My friend, I will truly miss you. Rest in Heaven until we meet again. We raised our children together. My heart is broken. Prayers for all of the family.
Carolyn (Cee) West
Apr 16, 2019
RIH Bobby T. Always in my heart. Praying for the family..
The Mitchell family
Apr 16, 2019
We offer our sincere condolences and prayers to the family
Carolyn (Cee) West
Apr 16, 2019
Bobby was a very dear friend and a great man. He will always have a place in my heart. Praying for his family. Rest in heaven until we meet again BT..
Tommy Hancock
Apr 16, 2019
BT Express. R.I.H.
Ur Friend Forever
Apr 16, 2019
My heart has shattered in a million pieces. I will FOREVER hold u close 2 my heart. Until we meet again,, Continue 2 REST.. Ur job on this side was very WELL DONE.
Joseph Severdia
Apr 16, 2019
My condolences to Robert's family. I was a classmate of
his at FHS class of 1965. We sat across from one
another in cafeteria. Will always remember the fun times
we had way back when. He will be missed by many.
Mary Liz Moroco
Apr 16, 2019
Bobbie was a great classmate, friend and gentleman.
Joey Dovutovich
Apr 16, 2019
Great person. Friend and will never be forgotten, R.I.P GOD BLESS
The Wright family
Apr 16, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts prayers and love go out to your family in this time of sorrow we are here if you need anything at all
James r campbell jr
Apr 16, 2019
What a great man my god comfort
Jason and Teresa Drummond
Apr 16, 2019
You will be missed by many. My prayers are with your Family and Friends. Love you all
Paula Fedele-Towns
Apr 16, 2019
Prayers for the family. My long time friend will be missed...RIH sir ...
Coach jack
Apr 16, 2019
Angle has an affect on every thing and everybody . Love you me legacy