Bob Sondheim was a man who touched many lives deeply through his friendships, coaching positions and volunteer work. Many of the groups that benefited from Bob’s generosity were from the town of Sharon, including: Community Chorus, Family Week, Finance Committee, Rotary Club and many others. Among his lifetime of fundraising efforts, Bob was most proud of his English Channel swims to benefit various local charities close to his heart. He was devoted to youth sports and coached both youth and Sharon High School swim teams. Bob also enjoyed volunteering as a sports broadcaster, and was known as the voice of Sharon basketball and football. A man with many passions, Bob’s love of gardening was exceeded only by his joy of sharing his garden’s bounty. He loved singing and was often a featured tenor with the Sharon Community Chorus, of which he was a member for over 30 years. He once swam laps in Lake Massapoag to raise money to buy the chorus a new piano.
As Athletic Director for the Sharon Public Schools for 11 years, Bob sometimes sang the national anthem before sporting events. He was extremely well respected by students, faculty, the community and league officials. After being selected as the guest speaker for the 2012 Sharon High School commencement ceremony, Bob gave students the advice to “Look for the good in people because we all have it.” Those who were fortunate enough to know Bob would agree that he always brought out the very best in every person he met. All of us will be richer for having known him. Bob passed away unexpectedly April 8, 2013 at the age of 63.