Bob Sears Obituary


Virtual Memorial:

While we must limit the number of people attending in-person due to COVID,

we would like to invite you to join the service via ZOOM.

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020

10:00-10:30am: Viewing Hours

10:30-11:00am: Memorial Service


Meeting ID: 886 8264 1506

Passcode: 900284–Nelson–Sears-?obId=18968858

Robert Nelson Sears, originally from Windsor, MA, passed away November 13, 2020, at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Linda Wells Sears, their daughter Cheryl Stickley (James Jr.), and his children Joanne Fuller and Nathan Sears. He was predeceased by his daughter Dianne Mahboob (Ijaz). He leaves behind five grandchildren (Larry Fuller Jr., Peter Fuller, Jamal Mahboob, Jasmine Mahboob [Chris Lauber], Anne Stickley) and one great-grandchild (Jack Fuller).

After completing high school, Bob joined the Merchant Marines near the end of WWII. He spent the majority of his career working in the firearms industry in various capacities, with duties including engineer, designer, consultant, and technical writer.

Bob was an avid outdoor sportsman. In 1974, he joined the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club, serving as Director from 1994-1999, and was bestowed an Honorary Membership in 2009. He continued to participate in deer season into his 90s, with his last victorious hunt being in 2016. During his 80s, he spent several years reliving his military days by volunteering on the WWII Liberty ship and Museum S.S. John W. Brown, docked in Baltimore, MD. Bob was also a tremendous gardener who shared his harvests with anyone willing to take home a few tomatoes or a bagful of Swiss chard. As the family historian, he used his final weeks to pass along a wealth of genealogical information through photos, documentation, and stories – a task that brought him great joy. His descendants are hoping to have inherited his exceptional memory, which remained undiminished till the end.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the in-person visitation and service the morning of Friday, December 4th will be limited to family. Those wishing to take part in remembering Bob may join the service via Zoom. Please contact his wife, Linda, for streaming details. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the S.S. John W. Brown at