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Robert Safcik

July 2, 1937 ~ April 12, 2022 (age 84)

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Robert Thomas Safcik

Robert “Bob” Safcik, known to many as “The Glassman”, passed away on April 12, 2022. Bob was born to Laddie and Mollie Safcik in Painesville on July 2, 1937. The family moved to Ashtabula’s east Side where Bob attended State Road Elementary School. His strong work ethic began at an early age when he started delivering the Star Beacon and working at the township cemeteries.While attending Ashtabula High School, he met his future bride, Beverly Eighmy, whom he wed in June,1957. Bob attempted to join every branch of the armed services in one day, but was rejected due to a heart murmur from rheumatic fever. He then went to work as a glazier for Ashtabula Glass Company. After mastering the craft, he opened his own business, Arrow Glass Company, with his wife in 1969 which they operated until 2000.

Bob was active in the First Presbyterian Church, Boy Scouts (Saybrook Troop 53 Scoutmaster), Redbrook Boat Club (Commodore 1969-70), Coast Guard Auxiliary, Power Squadron as an instructor, Ashtabula Metro Parks Bike Trail patrol, Ashtabula Rod and Gun Club (where he earned the coveted 25 of 25 hat for trap shooting while being legally blind in one eye). Over the years, he woodworked, power boated, canoed, cross-country skied, roller-bladed, bicycled and walked for miles with his various dogs. He loved bluegrass music and Hank William, Sr.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, his son, Scott (Deborah Hall) Safcik of Columbus, daughter, Sandra (Douglas) Ellis of Chagrin Falls, three grandchildren, Hannah (Joseph Devlin) Safcik of Dublin, Ireland, Christian Dowdy of Solon, Charlie Ellis of Chagrin Falls and a recent great-grandson, Kieran Devlin of Dublin, Ireland.

 Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sylvia (Sally) Sholtis.

Funeral services will be held on Friday April 22, 2022, at Fleming-Billman Funeral Home, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula; calling hours 11:00-12:00 with the funeral service starting at 12:00.  Burial will follow in Ridgeview Cemetery.

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April 22, 2022

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors
525 W. Prospect Street
Ashtabula, Ohio 44004

Funeral Service
April 22, 2022

12:00 PM
Fleming & Billman Ashtabula Location
526 West Prospect Road
Ashtabula, OH 44004

Graveside Service
April 22, 2022

1:10 PM
Ridgeview Cemetery
Austinburg Rd.
Ashtabula, OH 44004

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