September 3, 1947 ~ August 2, 2020

Born in: Akron, OH
Resided in: Akron, OH

Sunday, August 2, we lost our beloved Bob to COVID-19. He fought hard and courageously, but finally his spirit was given up to God. Preceded in death by his parents Jack and Mary Carlton and sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Frank Gruber, he leaves behind his inconsolable wife of 51 years, Mary; his daughter Heather (Thomas) Mascolo of Leonardtown, Maryland; and his son, Jesse (Jessica) Carlton of Huntsville, Alabama. Grandchildren Robert and Josephine Mascolo and Abram and Miriam Carlton. Brother David (Margaret) Carlton and sister, Marcia (Michael) Keating, sister-in-law Ruth Anne (John) Moyer, brother-in-law Bill (Leslie) Richardson, and sister-in-law Carole (Terry) Allen, numerous loved nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends.
Bob was an Akron native, the 1965 Akron Beacon Journal Basketball Player of the Year at Woodridge High School and a graduate of the University of Akron. He spent his entire career at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, living throughout the United States and Europe, including Nebraska, Michigan, South Carolina and Luxembourg, with several assignments in Akron. His final position was in Brussels, Belgium, supporting training and readiness for Goodyear personnel throughout plants in Europe and Africa. He retired in 2009 to be with his family.
In retirement, he loved to travel and found time for golf, playing poker with his Goodyear buddies, antiquing with his wife, working on home improvement projects, and collecting stained glass.
With heavy hearts, to protect our family and friends from the virus, the family has decided there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Your loving thoughts and prayers have already honored Bob and his family.

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  1. Precious Mary, covering you, Heather, Jesse and family with our prayers for the comfort only our Lord in heaven can provide at this sorrowful time. Asking Jesus to hold each one of you close. Dear Bob is safely home. We will see him again. We love you dearly.

  2. Bob Carlton was one of the finest human beings we have ever known. He was a sweet and kind brother-in-law who was beloved by the entire family. He had the most wonderful laugh, and his eyes twinkled with mischief and fun. The family was very proud of all Bob’s professional accomplishments. He was an exemplary husband to our dear sister. Mary and Bob were together for over 50 years, having met in high school. Our prayers are with Mary and her children and their families.

  3. Oh my beloved Uncle…you always made family gatherings so fun with your spirit and sense of humor. I always looked forward to seeing you and Aunt Mary, Heather and Jesse because you always made everything so FUN!!! I remember sleep overs at Mom’s condo in Brunswick where we put all of the couch cushions on the floor like a giant bed – and Todd, Jesse, Heather and I slept in sleeping bags like we were “camping out”! My favorite Uncle raised my favorite cousins. I miss you now Uncle Bob. And I will love, remember and miss you every day. Forever.

  4. We are so sorry at Bob’s passing. Though our paths have not crossed for many years we were close cousins in our younger days. We are sending prayers for the entire family.
    Sally Lou Carlton Evans

    Love, Charles and Sally

  5. I could tell you about times we all shared together throughout the years, and there were many. But I think we are just too heartbroken at Bob’s passing to smile right now. You left a big hole that no one will ever be able to fill and we will miss you until we see you again. In the meantime dear Bob, when we are able to see our precious sister, Mary Linda, and hold her and console her as we should be able to do now, we will raise a Big One in your honor. With all our love to your whole family ~ Terry & Carole Allen

  6. My dearest sweet brother Bob, I always so looked forward to your visits here with us in Marysville Ohio, baking your favorite pies of which you ate a lot, golfing and most of all your tender hugs and kisses. Mike loves you so very much as I do. Mary, we love you and the kids so very much also and I pray our hearts will heal.

  7. The best Uncle ever. I love you Uncle Bob. Aunt Mary, Heather and Jesse, I have no words to say how crushed we all are. You are in my thoughts And I wish I could give everyone a huge hug.

  8. Mary, Heather & Jesse,
    Our hearts are heavy for all of you on Bob’s passing. Everyone will miss his sense of humor, wit and smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Bob had so many endearing traits. He was a true gentleman, had a marvelous sense of humor, was a good listener, and an incredible host. His love and devotion for Mary, pride in his beloved children, and the joy his grandchildren gave him was very special and always evident when he spoke of his family. We will treasure our memories of Bob and always wish there could have been more. With our deepest sympathy, Kris and Rick Vannan

  10. Uncle Bob, I’ll miss your smile and your happy face.

    I think the best times ever had was going to your UA and Goodyear basketball games. One story I remember when Uncle Bob was playing Goodyear Ball and the opposing team kept asking Uncle a Bob’s coach who that older bald guy you have on the court, he’s running circles around us. Uncle Bob was bald at the time and the opposing team thought he was a much older guy than he really was. I enjoyed watching him play.

    Uncle a Bob you will be missed.

    Rest In Peace, Uncle Bob, say hello to my mom and dad. Along with grandma and pa Carlton. As we missed you all.

  11. Bob was such a generous and funny and intelligent man. We became pals later in life thanks to our monthly poker group. We will think of Bob and Mary often when we visit our nephew who was the gracious recipient of the Carlton piano in 2019. From this Hoban grad of ’66 God bless you Bob but I will miss your money. Hopefully in heaven all your poker hands will be royal straight flushes.

  12. I love this picture! That smile reminds me of our trip to Myrtle Beach several years ago. Bob so enjoyed going to the gym to watch our AAU team play basketball. The happiest I saw him on that trip was at the gym watching basketball games. That smile reminds me of that very vivid memory of Bob!

  13. Dear Mary, I was shocked and very saddened to hear about Bob. We knew each other for about 50 years through basketball and working together at Goodyear. In the 90’s he was my boss and we traveled together on training assignments. My wife and I have met you at your house for a party and when you and Bob attended the wedding of my daughter. Bob was good to everyone and I have great memories of our time together. God bless you and keep you through these difficult times. Bill Connor, Tallmadge.

  14. Uncle Bob was a wonderful Uncle! So kind and loving and he leaves behind many great memories. To all of his family and friends, he will be missed and remembered forever. Many prayers continue to go to Aunt Mary, Heather, Jess and their families. We love you all!

  15. Dear Mary,
    My deepest condolences are with you and your family on the loss of your husband and soulmate, a father and grandfather, brother and uncle. Having reconnected with the two of you at our WHS 50th reunion, I was so impressed to hear all about your interesting lives and I know that many wonderful memories will remain forever in your heart. May grace and peace be with you, your children, grandchildren, siblings, and nieces and nephews as you all navigate together through this difficult time.
    Lou (Mary Lou) Albertson

  16. Mary, Heather and Family,
    I am sorry to hear of the loss of Bob. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Heather and the family.
    Ron Midcap (Midcap & Company)

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