Robert “Bob” George Brandt, 76, passed peacefully and surrounded by his family on August 11, 2020 in Providence, Rhode Island.
Bob was born on December 3, 1943 in Catskill, New York to Robert and Elizabeth Brandt. He met Patricia “Pat” Graham in 1970 and they married in the fall of that same year in Cairo, NY. After welcoming their first son, Jason, in 1974, they moved from their home in Leeds, NY to begin their new life in Massachusetts. Bob began working for Motorola- Codex as a mechanical engineer. Over the next five years, the couple welcomed two additional boys, Matthew and Joshua. Bob and Pat were wonderful parents who always wanted the best for their children. Bob was a generous with his time when it came to his boys – always waking up early to drive them to sporting or boy scouts events. His passion for them was obvious. The children remember their dad as a kind, gentle, patient, and driven father who led with a quiet demeanor always welcoming and encouraging them to pursue their goals.
In his professional career, Bob was an accomplished engineer who loved to solve problems that baffled others. He spent most of his 40 plus year career with three companies: Motorola-Codex, Teradyne, Raytheon. During his career, he was frequently recognized for his contributions, but it was his out of the box problem-solving that his family laughed about for years. One that usually comes up was his use of a broomstick handle and duct tape to fix an ’82 Volkswagen Rabbit clutch cable.
Bob had a passion for woodworking and gardening. He would spend hours crafting improvements for the house during the winter months and then experimenting with his garden in the spring and summer. Bob adored his wife and never wanted to be without her for too long. They spent many summers together on their boat in Barrington RI. While at home, they enjoyed each other’s company while gardening, cooking, swimming and raising their family. Their marriage spanned 50 years and was full of happiness, excitement, adventure and joy. Simply put, it was exceptional.
Robert is survived by his wife Patricia; sons: Jason, Matthew, and Joshua; sisters: Linda Porto and Pamela Meo; Aunt Barbara Quinn; two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Inurnment will take place in Upstate New York at a later date. The family would like to thank the exceptional caregivers at Philip Hulitar Hospice in Providence.