Robert Paul Goller, 43, of Gloucester, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 2, 2015, after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.
He was born in Richmond, Va., and graduated from Clover Hill High School, Richard Bland College and James Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, specializing in Computer Information Systems.
Bob was predeceased by his mother, Jane Whitten Goller, and father-in-law, John Brawley.
He is survived by his loving wife, Beth Goller, and their beloved son, Alexander John (A.J.). Also mourning his passing are his father, Mandell Goller (Kim); sister, Karen Sizemore (Michael), who has continually been at his side throughout his illness; brother, Tom Goller (Kathe); brother-in-law, Mike Brawley (Lila); sister-in-law, Jean Speights; nieces and nephews, Emily, Molly, Karah, Tyler, Michaela, Chloe, and Madeline, and many other relatives and friends.
While at JMU, Bob became a brother of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, where he utilized his fondness for helping others. Upon graduation and until the time of his death, Bob was employed by Northrop Grumman as a Systems Analyst. Supporting his country through defense contracting work, he felt fortunate to travel throughout the world until he became unable to do so because of his illness.
He greatly enjoyed coaching his son and other youth in Gloucester Parks & Rec tee-ball, soccer, and basketball, and did so until February of this year. His favorite activities included visiting theme parks with his son, riding his Harley-Davidson, cheering for the JMU Dukes and, most importantly, participating in all things soccer-related with A.J.
The Goller family would like to thank our friends and family members who have surrounded us with love and support during this journey. We’d especially like to express our appreciation to Dr. Hagan and her staff at Virginia Cancer Institute, as well as our many other caregivers; Bob’s co-workers and friends at Northrop Grumman; our Baystars FC soccer family; Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church and Preschool; the faculty, staff and families of Botetourt Elementary School, and numerous friends, including our wonderful neighbors, the Lowery family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to Park Partners for Woodville Park, P.O. Box 329, Gloucester, Va. 23061 or The Giving Garden Foundation, P.O. Box 1421, Hayes, Va. 23072 or online at www.thegivinggarden.org.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 7 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory, Gloucester. A Celebration of Life Gathering will take place at Woodville Park, Hayes, Va., on Friday, May 8 at 6 p.m., with a Service of Remembrance at sunset.