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Robert Joseph Sinz
Nov. 5, 1946-Dec. 2, 2020
Pleasanton, California

Robert J. Sinz (Bob) died at the age of 74, after a sudden battle with widespread, aggressive cancer. He passed in his sleep in the early morning of December 2, 2020, surrounded by his family at the bedside: his devoted wife of 53 years (Isabelle), his two children (Sandra Sinz Duong and Chris Sinz), his son-in-law (Tuan Duong) and his youngest brother (Frederick).  A nurse, Fred helped to keep Bob comfortable in his home.  His third battle with cancer and facing a terminal diagnosis, he approached his last weeks of life with great courage.  He celebrated Thanksgiving quietly at home with his wife and two adult children. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, John Peter and Dorothy Marie (Roolf) Sinz. The second of ten children, he was preceded in death by his older brother John (Cheri) and is survived by Kenneth (Renee), Michael (Flora), Ruth Ann (Jim), Dorothy “Dottie” (Tom), Gregory (Cindy), Clara, Virginia, and Frederick (Carol).  Additionally he is survived by wife Isabelle, and his three grandchildren – sources of great pride – Matthew Duong (Sandra and Tuan), Anna and Henry Sinz (Chris and Claudia). Bob is remembered lovingly by many for his quick wit, lifelong desire to learn and teach, generosity of self toward others, and his innate drive toward the ideal. He served honorably in the Navy (1964-1969), earning Medals for Vietnam Service with two Bronze Stars, National Defense Service, Navy Unit Commendation, and Vietnam Campaign. He retired 20 years ago from a civil service career with the Federal Aviation Administration, and not yet ready to rest in retirement, followed that with an additional career phase at Lockheed Martin.  He had many joys, hobbies and interests:  fixing up and relaxing at the mountain cabin, woodworking, photography, cooking, reading, hunting, fishing, astronomy, and 3-4 mile daily walks with his wife.  He will have private family burial at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Bob to the Food Bank of Solano and Contra Costa Counties, Hope Hospice of Dublin, or the American Cancer Society.

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