Robert “Bob” Loron German was a Virginia Beach native who grew up in the Thalia area. He and his three sisters Pat, Jean, and Linda were raised by his mother Velma Leffers Cronin and his father Chauncey German. Bob was a stellar athlete at Princess Anne High School where he lettered in four sports during his time there. He excelled at both basketball and football, for which he had scholarship offers from prestigious universities. One of Bob’s mentors recommended he choose playing basketball at UNC because he felt Bob didn’t have the physical stature to play football at VT. Due to Bob’s unwavering fight and determination, he of course chose football to prove him wrong and that he could do it. A year later he was a starting quarterback at Virginia Tech. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Political Science, he moved back to his hometown to pursue a teaching career.
He married Donna in 1983 and they had two children, Christine and Kyle (deceased in 2018). Bob taught Government for 21 years at Lake Taylor High School, as well as being an Assistant Football Coach. He touched numerous lives throughout those years, and people would often recognize his distinguishing last name and ask Donna, Christine, and Kyle if they were related to the legendary Bob German. It is a conversation that happened many times with strangers over the years, and every time they would praise him for his kindness and guidance while in high school. During his years at Lake Taylor he also competitively played tennis for about 10 years in local tournaments, where he was a member of a local tennis club. His opponents would always poke fun at his cheap wooden old racket which he inherited from his father, to which Bob would respond “it’s the man that makes the racket, not the racket that makes the man”. Legend has it he was also known to wear two different colored socks on purpose to throw off his opponents concentration. When they would ask if he was aware of his different colored socks, he would say “yes, I have another pair exactly like it at home”. Once again, Bob’s internal fight to excel and win came through.
After retiring from the Norfolk Public School system, he went to work in the Heart Pavilion at Sentara Norfolk General, where his sister Linda was a nurse. He only worked a few years there before retiring from that position, to begin his new career as “Mr. Bob” in Mrs. Donna’s Daycare. It is here that he continued to touch the lives of others, with his natural ability to teach and mentor. The majority of Bob’s life was spent as an educator, not just to high school kids but to young children as well. He helped to mold them into helpful, polite, and motivated individuals. Even after daycare kids would grow out of their time there, they would always return to visit Mr. Bob and see how he was doing.
For close to 50 years Bob, otherwise known as “Reds” or “Bullet” by his close golf buddies, thoroughly enjoyed their time on the golf greens together. Bob valued his friendships with those gentlemen, and even when they all retired from the school system they never lost touch with each other. They continued to play golf through the years, and it was always their escape and lifetime passion. We like to think that Bob is up there now with his son Kyle playing his perfect game of golf with no bunkers or wind, and on a perfectly sunny cool day.
Bob’s bucket list was short, but almost complete. He wanted to have a happy marriage, he wanted to be the best father to his two children, he wanted to see them graduate from college, and he wanted to pay off his house. He accomplished all of those things. His wife Donna wants to let everyone know that he was very proud of his two children, and although he believed in the tough love style of parenting, his message was always a good one at heart. Watching his two children follow in his footsteps to become athletes themselves from early childhood through college was one of his greatest pleasures as a father. It was really important to Bob to be able to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day, and he was able to do just that. On March 17 of 2018 she married the man of her dreams, and his, Edward Donohue. Bob was also there to witness his son-in-law Edward Donohue become promoted to Sergeant in the Virginia Beach Police Department, another proud moment for Bob.
As most friends and family are aware, Bob was diagnosed at the age of 21 with Type I Diabetes, which he battled for nearly 50 years. He also had a Double Bypass Heart Surgery at the age of 46. Bob is the epitome of how the human spirit can conquer almost anything when you put your mind to it and when you have the love and support of family. He passed away, with Christine holding his hand, knowing that he was loved and that it was okay to move on to his new life in Heaven. He will be missed dearly by so many.
His wife Donna and daughter Christine ask that in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that people donate to the Diabetes Research Institute by CLICKING HERE or the American Heart Association by CLICKING HERE.