Obituary of Robert "Bobby" Norman Bloomston
November 11, 1939 - December 17, 2022
The world is a little darker place today, although Bobby Bloomston's light shines on through those that he leaves behind.
Bobby was the most positive, happy, funny, sweet, and charming man you have ever met. He loved his family big and there was never any question of his unconditional love. He made everyone who knew him feel special, that they mattered and that he cared for them deeply.
Bobby lived most of his life in Birmingham - with four years in Tuscaloosa at the University of Alabama - he remained a huge Barna fan until the end. As graduate from Ramsey High School and a talented artist and teacher, Bobby taught in Woodlawn and West End early in his career. His students from so many years ago still recall the impact that he had on all that knew him.
After several sales jobs, he opened a Baskin Robbins ice cream store in Western Hills Mall in the l970's and was well-loved by that community, his customers and employees. Following a time in the hardware business and the apparel business, Bobby began his favorite career, in car sales,
while in his 60's. For the next 17 years or so, Bobby loved selling cars, not because he knew a damn thing about cars, but he got to meet people and he was in his element of making relationships and serving customers. Again, through his several careers, his customers, employees, and co-workers adored working with him - his enthusiasm and love of life was simply contagious.
Bobby is preceded in death by his father and mother, Bernard "Bernie" and Yetta Boxer Bloomston; his sister Rhoda Bloomston Feirman; and his beloved wife Mary Bloomston. Bobby is survived by his 5 adoring sons; Marc (Robin), Scott (Jodi), Joel (Janet), Barry (Amy) Brett (Marian)and a wonderful daughter, Darlene (Jon); too many grandkids to count; extended family and so many friends and colleagues.
Bobby will be sorely missed, but his legacy of his kindness and compassion will live on through those were lucky enough to know him.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association; alz.org.