Robert A. Sweet ’52

Robert Alvin Sweet of Ripon, California, passed away on May 7, 2022.
Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on September 14, 1934, to Mary Grace (nee) Pierce and James Howard Sweet, Bob lived and embraced his childhood to the fullest. During this rich period, he was nurtured and taught the principles of hard work, diligence, honesty, fairness, and mercy that wove themselves into the fabric of his life.
Bob completed his studies in Engineering from Yale University, served two years in the National Guard and achieved an MBA from Xavier University.
Shortly after his discharge he married Dorothy Thomas (nee) Sheller, and nine months later welcomed the apple of his eye, Mark Thomas. Eleven months later came his “favorite daughter”, Lorelei Jane and bringing up the rear, eleven months later, Benjamin Pierce. Bob was an “all in” Dad. His sacrificial teaching, leading, inspiring, disciplining, and loving model left a legacy of three born again Christian children.
As his father before him, Bob had an incredible work ethic. His career as a computer engineer began at B&O Railroad in Baltimore and continued through many adventures – NCR in Dayton, Polaroid in Boston, Bechtel in San Francisco, Safeway in Walnut Creek, and for the last 30 years at Sweet Properties in Modesto.
He was preceded in death by his love and best friend, Tommie. He leaves behind his children, Mark (Ann), Lorelei (John), Ben (Jill), his beloved grandchildren Ryan (Jaci), Josiah (Reanne), Megan (Ben), Jahred, Joel, Aaron, Marcella (Jon) and his great grandchildren Colton, Savannah, Charlotte, Deilianna, Ciercina, and Ellie. Also, his sister Barbara (Allen) and dear nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Friday, May 27th, at Calvary Chapel, 4300 American Ave. Modesto CA 95356. Family and friends are welcome to a gathering with refreshments immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a donation in honor.

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