Robert Avary

Robert D. "Bob" Avary

1943 - 2022

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            Bob Avary passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday March 12, 2022. He had had Parkinson’s but actually died of congestive heart failure.  Bob is survived by Meg, his wife of 55 years, his daughter Sarah of San Jose, his son David, daughter-in-law Yuri and two grandsons, Jackson and Jordan Avary Cerranza of El Salvador. He was preceded in death by his father, Colonel Hugh D. Avary, his mother, Gerda Irene Avary and sister Susan Avary. Because his father was in the army, Bob lived in many places growing up such as Germany, The Philippines, Maryland and Monterey.

            Meg and Bob met at San Jose State when Meg was helping the boy next door interview for a new roommate. She chose Bob as the best candidate. In August 1966 they married, went on a honeymoon, found an apartment and moved to SC all in one week. They began teaching the very next week - Bob in 6th grade at Bay View and Meg in 2nd grade at De Laveaga.

            Bob and Meg enjoyed traveling and made many trips to Mexico and Europe. In 1974 they traveled across the US in their new blue VW bus (which they kept for 30 years.) Bob had a sabbatical that year so they visited many schools along the way. Luckily they went at that time because soon afterward, in 1976, David was born.  Later on after Sarah’s birth, Meg began teaching at Westlake School where Bob already was. One year all four Avarys went to Westlake.

            Bob enjoyed doing projects around the house and woodworking. For many years he made multiple wooden Christmas decorations which were given to friends.  Playing basketball with fellow teachers and later on SCUBA diving with a good friend were some early interests. Bob loved going on camping trips with his family, and he carefully planned each one. Since retirement, Bob would often run into former students or their parents and he always enjoyed hearing their news. Since he had taught 34 years, he had a great many former students.

            The family greatly appreciated Hospice and how helpful they were during the last week of Bob’s life. Contributions to Hospice of Santa Cruz or to Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown MD 21741 would be appreciated. The scattering of ashes at sea will be done privately at a later date.

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