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Honorable Jean M. Robb

02-08-1932  -  06-19-2017

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          Jean M. Robb, former mayor of Deerfield Beach, Florida and 59-year resident, passed into eternity on Monday, June 19, 2017, following a brief, but fierce, battle with cancer.

          Jean was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 8, 1932 to the late Ralph and Marie (Pellitta) Buonanno.  She attended West Philadelphia Catholic Girls’ High School at age 16 and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from West Chester State Teachers College. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s Degree, Jean taught high school English in Coatesville, Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, and also pursued graduate studies at Villanova University.

          After her late husband, Dr. Leo Joseph Robb, Jr. graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jean and Leo moved to Deerfield Beach to establish a medical practice. Jean managed the practice, raised their six children and became involved in local politics.  She was appointed to the Deerfield Beach Planning and Zoning Board, and also served as campaign manager for the late Mayor George Schott.  In 1980, Jean was elected mayor of Deerfield Beach, an office she held from 1980-1993.  In 2013, at the age of 81, she boldly decided to run for mayor again and won another four-year term.  

          As Mayor, Jean was passionate about expanding economic and cultural opportunities in the City.  She worked tirelessly with the City employees, the Broward County Commission, Florida State officials, and City Residents, at all levels, to shape the future of Deerfield Beach.  Her collaborative work in the community led to the establishment in Deerfield of the North Regional Broward County Courthouse, the Sun Sentinel, Toyota Southeast Headquarters, Publix Southeast Regional Distribution Center, and the development of the Newport Center.  In recognition for her half century of work for her community, Jean was named a Broward County Pioneer in 2013.

          Jean also spearheaded efforts to obtain funding with the City, County, and State governments to help construct Quiet Waters Elementary school (the first new public elementary school in 26 years) and the Gymnasium in Westside Park (named after her late husband, the only doctor in the city then, who treated British West Indies workers as they harvested crops and city residents). 

          Jean also helped to establish the first Alzheimer’s Day Care in Broward County, the Northeast Focal Point Center, and the Habitat for Humanity program in Deerfield Beach.  She organized the Cultural Committee for the Arts Festival and concerts and convinced City officials to purchase the first Show Mobile.

          Jean’s legacy is perhaps best exemplified in her tireless work to protect and improve the beach, including having members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida build the thatched huts along the beach walkway and her husband, Leo, drew sketches of the boardwalks that she helped to make a memorable reality for residents and visitors.

          Jean was a member of the Deerfield Beach Friends of the Library.  She was also a lifetime member of the Deerfield Beach Historical Society and the Deerfield Woman’s Club. 

          A life-long fan of the University of Notre Dame football program, Jean proudly displayed a replica of the plaque hanging in the Notre Dame football locker room proclaiming “Play Like a Champion” that each Notre Dame player touches before running out on the gridiron.  It became Jean’s personal credo as well.

          Jean is survived by her six children: Judith Robb Bullock, Leo (Nan) Joseph Robb III, Loretta Robb, Teresa (Patrick) Robb Glennon, Michael (Susan) Robb and Barbara Robb.

          In addition to her six children, Jean is survived by eleven grandchildren:  Saige, Richard, Caitlin, Mia, Kerry, Katherine, Mary, Megan, Madeline, Emily and Michael Jr. 

          Jean is also survived by her two sisters, Marie Ferrante of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Barbara Scheer (David) of Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Leo Joseph Robb, Jr., sisters Marge Squadrito, Eleanor Gallagher, brother Norman Buonanno, and her beloved granddaughter Hannah Robb who all welcome her with open arms into eternity.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 9:00a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church at 380 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, FL  33441.  Following the Mass, a reception will be held in the Parish Hall.  Burial will be held in private.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Deerfield Packer Rattlers (DPR) Youth Enrichment, 228 S.W. 5th Court, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441; The Father Bryan Dalton Lifelong Deerfield Beach Parking Pass Fund with any additional funds to be used to sponsor educational scholarships for families in need at St. Ambrose Catholic School, 380 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441; and Trustbridge Hospice, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486. 

          Online condolences may be sent to the family at KalisMcIntee.com



  Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 9:00am

St. Ambrose Catholic Church: 380 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

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JANE KLEIN

Loretta and family,
What an amazing woman she was. I am so sorry for your loss. My prauers and thoughts are with you all.
With love,

 Posted June 24, 2017 - 6:39am
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JANE KLEIN

For Loretta and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. So sorry for the loss of your amazing Mom.

 Posted June 24, 2017 - 6:36am
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Clara Ryan

Loretta I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, my condolences to you and your family. I am so glad that you were there to ease your Mom s journey from this world. Love you my friend

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 11:23pm
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Clara Ryan

Loretta I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, my condolences to you and your family. I am so glad you were there to ease her journey from this world. Love you my friend

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 11:10pm
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Kristine Scheer Walters

Dear Leo, Loretta, Judy, Theresa, Michael, and Barbara Jean and family,
So sorry to hear about Aunt Jean. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love,
Kris and family

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 5:42pm
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Diane Pederson

Sending condolences to my dear friend Loretta and the entire Robb family. Your mom was an accomplished, strong, and beautiful woman. May your memories and loving family & friends give you comfort during this difficult time.
Hugs,
Diane

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 4:25pm
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Mary Jo Buonanno

I was so sad to hear about the passing of my Aunt Jean. So sorry for the loss of your Mom. She had a wonderful life. She was an accomplished, caring and amazing woman. Wish I had gotten to know her better.

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 1:28pm
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Joanne Moore

To Loretta & Family,
It's always painful to lose a family member , even more when it's a parent. But most of all when it's the person who brought you into this world and cared for you, like only mothers can. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Your mother was truly remarkable person, who truly made a difference in the community in which she lived.
Sincerely,
The Moore Family
Joanne, Marc & Julianna

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 12:31pm
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Joanne Moore

To Loretta and family,
It's always painful to lose a family member , even more when it's a parent. But most of all when it's the person who brought you into this world and cared for you, like only mother's can. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Your mom was a truly remarkable person, who truly made a difference in the community in which she lived.
Sincerely,
The Moore Family
Joanne, Marc & Julianna

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 12:24pm
C
Carlene Park

Loretta, your mom must have been one incredible woman . My condolences to you and your family. I'm praying for peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 11:41pm
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Ann Sholar

A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept my condolences. Mrs. Robb will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you at this difficult time.

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 9:46pm
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Mary Beth Friss

Judy, Leo, Loretta, Theresa, Michael and Barbara Jean,
I am very sorry to hear the sad news about Aunt Jean's passing. I am sure she and Marge are shaking things up in heaven. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families at this time.
Mary Beth

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 9:16pm
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Maria Dorigo

Mike, Susan, Barb , I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. My condolencesloss To you and family.

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 9:08pm
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Teresa Corcoran Dolan

Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. I am proud to say that I voted for your mom in 1980 on an absentee ballot since I was away at college.Both of your parents made Deerfield Beach what it is today from their dedication and commitment to better our little town and "put us on the map"! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and with your amazing mom.

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 2:41pm
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kathy deese

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. What an amazing woman who truly made a difference in this world. May happy memories comfort your sorrow.
John and Kathy Deese

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 5:20am
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Jennifer Olson-Thorsted

Loretta,
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

 Posted June 21, 2017 - 10:43pm
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Kathy Doughty

Your Mom's legacy lives on thru all of her accomplishments and her children and grandchildren. She was an amazing woman who clearly made a difference in this world.

 Posted June 21, 2017 - 9:31pm
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Kathy Doughty

This is a beautiful tribute to your amaIng Mom. She raised wonderful children including my dear friend Loretta. Your Mom's legacy lives on thru all of her accomplishments and her children and grandchildren.

 Posted June 21, 2017 - 9:28pm
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Tibbetts Family

So sorry for your loss. Sending Hugs and Prayers to you and your family.

 Posted June 21, 2017 - 12:16pm
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Bill & Marcie Miller

Teresa & Loretta,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

 Posted June 20, 2017 - 9:43pm
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Bill & Marcie Millrr

Teresa & Loretta,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

 Posted June 20, 2017 - 9:41pm
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Honorable Jean M. Robb

February 8, 1932  -  June 19, 2017

Honorable Jean M. Robb

February 8, 1932  -  June 19, 2017

Obituary

Please join the family by taking a moment to see the video put together at the bottom of obit. 

          Jean M. Robb, former mayor of Deerfield Beach, Florida and 59-year resident, passed into eternity on Monday, June 19, 2017, following a brief, but fierce, battle with cancer.

          Jean was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 8, 1932 to the late Ralph and Marie (Pellitta) Buonanno.  She attended West Philadelphia Catholic Girls’ High School at age 16 and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from West Chester State Teachers College. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s Degree, Jean taught high school English in Coatesville, Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, and also pursued graduate studies at Villanova University.

          After her late husband, Dr. Leo Joseph Robb, Jr. graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jean and Leo moved to Deerfield Beach to establish a medical practice. Jean managed the practice, raised their six children and became involved in local politics.  She was appointed to the Deerfield Beach Planning and Zoning Board, and also served as campaign manager for the late Mayor George Schott.  In 1980, Jean was elected mayor of Deerfield Beach, an office she held from 1980-1993.  In 2013, at the age of 81, she boldly decided to run for mayor again and won another four-year term.  

          As Mayor, Jean was passionate about expanding economic and cultural opportunities in the City.  She worked tirelessly with the City employees, the Broward County Commission, Florida State officials, and City Residents, at all levels, to shape the future of Deerfield Beach.  Her collaborative work in the community led to the establishment in Deerfield of the North Regional Broward County Courthouse, the Sun Sentinel, Toyota Southeast Headquarters, Publix Southeast Regional Distribution Center, and the development of the Newport Center.  In recognition for her half century of work for her community, Jean was named a Broward County Pioneer in 2013.

          Jean also spearheaded efforts to obtain funding with the City, County, and State governments to help construct Quiet Waters Elementary school (the first new public elementary school in 26 years) and the Gymnasium in Westside Park (named after her late husband, the only doctor in the city then, who treated British West Indies workers as they harvested crops and city residents). 

          Jean also helped to establish the first Alzheimer’s Day Care in Broward County, the Northeast Focal Point Center, and the Habitat for Humanity program in Deerfield Beach.  She organized the Cultural Committee for the Arts Festival and concerts and convinced City officials to purchase the first Show Mobile.

          Jean’s legacy is perhaps best exemplified in her tireless work to protect and improve the beach, including having members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida build the thatched huts along the beach walkway and her husband, Leo, drew sketches of the boardwalks that she helped to make a memorable reality for residents and visitors.

          Jean was a member of the Deerfield Beach Friends of the Library.  She was also a lifetime member of the Deerfield Beach Historical Society and the Deerfield Woman’s Club. 

          A life-long fan of the University of Notre Dame football program, Jean proudly displayed a replica of the plaque hanging in the Notre Dame football locker room proclaiming “Play Like a Champion” that each Notre Dame player touches before running out on the gridiron.  It became Jean’s personal credo as well.

          Jean is survived by her six children: Judith Robb Bullock, Leo (Nan) Joseph Robb III, Loretta Robb, Teresa (Patrick) Robb Glennon, Michael (Susan) Robb and Barbara Robb.

          In addition to her six children, Jean is survived by eleven grandchildren:  Saige, Richard, Caitlin, Mia, Kerry, Katherine, Mary, Megan, Madeline, Emily and Michael Jr. 

          Jean is also survived by her two sisters, Marie Ferrante of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Barbara Scheer (David) of Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Leo Joseph Robb, Jr., sisters Marge Squadrito, Eleanor Gallagher, brother Norman Buonanno, and her beloved granddaughter Hannah Robb who all welcome her with open arms into eternity.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 9:00a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church at 380 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, FL  33441.  Following the Mass, a reception will be held in the Parish Hall.  Burial will be held in private.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Deerfield Packer Rattlers (DPR) Youth Enrichment, 228 S.W. 5th Court, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441; The Father Bryan Dalton Lifelong Deerfield Beach Parking Pass Fund with any additional funds to be used to sponsor educational scholarships for families in need at St. Ambrose Catholic School, 380 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441; and Trustbridge Hospice, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486. 

          Online condolences may be sent to the family at KalisMcIntee.com



  Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 9:00am

St. Ambrose Catholic Church: 380 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Online Condolences

Comments

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J
JANE KLEIN

Loretta and family,
What an amazing woman she was. I am so sorry for your loss. My prauers and thoughts are with you all.
With love,

 Posted June 24, 2017 - 6:39am
J
JANE KLEIN

For Loretta and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. So sorry for the loss of your amazing Mom.

 Posted June 24, 2017 - 6:36am
C
Clara Ryan

Loretta I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, my condolences to you and your family. I am so glad that you were there to ease your Mom s journey from this world. Love you my friend

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 11:23pm
C
Clara Ryan

Loretta I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, my condolences to you and your family. I am so glad you were there to ease her journey from this world. Love you my friend

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 11:10pm
K
Kristine Scheer Walters

Dear Leo, Loretta, Judy, Theresa, Michael, and Barbara Jean and family,
So sorry to hear about Aunt Jean. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love,
Kris and family

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 5:42pm
D
Diane Pederson

Sending condolences to my dear friend Loretta and the entire Robb family. Your mom was an accomplished, strong, and beautiful woman. May your memories and loving family & friends give you comfort during this difficult time.
Hugs,
Diane

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 4:25pm
M
Mary Jo Buonanno

I was so sad to hear about the passing of my Aunt Jean. So sorry for the loss of your Mom. She had a wonderful life. She was an accomplished, caring and amazing woman. Wish I had gotten to know her better.

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 1:28pm
J
Joanne Moore

To Loretta & Family,
It's always painful to lose a family member , even more when it's a parent. But most of all when it's the person who brought you into this world and cared for you, like only mothers can. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Your mother was truly remarkable person, who truly made a difference in the community in which she lived.
Sincerely,
The Moore Family
Joanne, Marc & Julianna

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 12:31pm
J
Joanne Moore

To Loretta and family,
It's always painful to lose a family member , even more when it's a parent. But most of all when it's the person who brought you into this world and cared for you, like only mother's can. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Your mom was a truly remarkable person, who truly made a difference in the community in which she lived.
Sincerely,
The Moore Family
Joanne, Marc & Julianna

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 12:24pm
C
Carlene Park

Loretta, your mom must have been one incredible woman . My condolences to you and your family. I'm praying for peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 11:41pm
A
Ann Sholar

A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept my condolences. Mrs. Robb will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you at this difficult time.

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 9:46pm
M
Mary Beth Friss

Judy, Leo, Loretta, Theresa, Michael and Barbara Jean,
I am very sorry to hear the sad news about Aunt Jean's passing. I am sure she and Marge are shaking things up in heaven. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families at this time.
Mary Beth

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 9:16pm
M
Maria Dorigo

Mike, Susan, Barb , I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. My condolencesloss To you and family.

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 9:08pm
T
Teresa Corcoran Dolan

Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. I am proud to say that I voted for your mom in 1980 on an absentee ballot since I was away at college.Both of your parents made Deerfield Beach what it is today from their dedication and commitment to better our little town and "put us on the map"! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and with your amazing mom.

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 2:41pm
K
kathy deese

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. What an amazing woman who truly made a difference in this world. May happy memories comfort your sorrow.
John and Kathy Deese

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 5:20am
J
Jennifer Olson-Thorsted

Loretta,
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

 Posted June 21, 2017 - 10:43pm
K
Kathy Doughty

Your Mom's legacy lives on thru all of her accomplishments and her children and grandchildren. She was an amazing woman who clearly made a difference in this world.

 Posted June 21, 2017 - 9:31pm
K
Kathy Doughty

This is a beautiful tribute to your amaIng Mom. She raised wonderful children including my dear friend Loretta. Your Mom's legacy lives on thru all of her accomplishments and her children and grandchildren.

 Posted June 21, 2017 - 9:28pm
T
Tibbetts Family

So sorry for your loss. Sending Hugs and Prayers to you and your family.

 Posted June 21, 2017 - 12:16pm
B
Bill & Marcie Miller

Teresa & Loretta,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

 Posted June 20, 2017 - 9:43pm
B
Bill & Marcie Millrr

Teresa & Loretta,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

 Posted June 20, 2017 - 9:41pm
J
Jason

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 Posted June 20, 2017 - 2:37pm
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 Posted June 20, 2017 - 2:24pm

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