In Memory

Robert E. (Bob) Speaks

photoRobert Elwyn Speaks, 72, a lifelong Annapolis resident died on January 6th, 2021 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was a true family man and was known for his generosity and selflessness. He always was there to lend a helping hand. He put everyone else before himself and possessed a genuinely kind heart. Robert was the type of person to look up to. As both a boy and adult he loved the snow and Christmas. Those who know him well may agree that it is no coincidence that he passed just hours after the conclusion of the twelfth day of Christmas as he truly embodied the spirit of Christmas. Every year Robert hosted a large Christmas dinner and gathering with warm and welcome arms. He would make a wonderful meal from scratch and have gifts and love for all. He also hosted Thanksgiving dinner with the same time and attention to every detail to make the holiday special. The preparations for Christmas began immediately after. He would stay up until the wee hours of the morning preparing, wrapping, and decorating. In the background there was a continuous loop playing his collection of every movie version of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" that was every made. This was a story he loved dearly and quoted often. His family will always hold memories of these magical Christmas times he shared. As a young man he was a skilled and accomplished wrestler at both Annapolis Senior High school and the later at Frostburg University where he attended college on a wrestling scholarship. Robert also played varsity football for Annapolis Senior High School. Robert worked in construction in his youth and built his home alongside his father and brothers. For over fifty years he was a tireless and dedicated employee the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Robert oversaw many major improvements in his time there. He worked in facilities and as a motor vehicle operator, but most of his career was spent as the manager of the Midshipmen Store. For the last four years Robert fiercely and courageously fought a tough battle with cancer and its complications. In his final days Robert spent time with family and especially found joy being a "Pop" to his two-year-old granddaughter, Zoe, with whom he shared a special bond. Robert's death is proceeded by his father Albert Speaks, his brother Albert Speaks, his brother Frank Speaks, and his beloved dog Snickers. He is survived by his mother Marion Speaks, his siblings, Richard Speaks, Evelyn Speaks, and Stanley Speaks. His Wife Sandy Painter. His children Robert Speaks, Christa Davis, and Tiffany Painter. His granddaughter Zoe Kalogritsas. Robert was adored and respected by many and he will be dearly missed and never forgotten. May his spirit and goodwill live on in all of us and may "God bless us everyone." A memorial bench will be donated, and a Maple tree will be planted at Quiet Waters Park in honor of his memory. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date when the event can be safely held.