Robert Michael Broadwater, 58, of Westernport, MD passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, MD.
Bob was the son of Delbert “Pete” and Norma (McKenzie) Broadwater, Westernport, MD. Bob was preceded in death by his niece, Lisa Wade; nephew, Corey Broadwater; father in law, William “Muckle” Metz.
Bob was a 1976 graduate of Bruce High School where he participated in football and wrestling and met the love of his life Suzan “Metz” Broadwater whom he married on August 16, 1980.
After high school, he began his career at First United Bank in Oakland, MD where he held multiple positions for 20 years and was co-owner of First Mortgage Services in Cumberland, MD for the past 20 years. He completed many banking and mortgage courses during his career. He helped many people realize their dreams of owning a home and he did so with honesty, integrity and compassion.
Bob was never one to seek accolades or attention. Instead he served his community tirelessly and often behind the scenes. He served as treasurer for the local Habitat for Humanity; was an annual sponsor of the Lisa Wade 5k Run and Corey’s Course, providing the “Broadwater Bounty”; and was a blood and platelet donor with the American Red Cross out of Johnstown, PA where he donated as often as he was allowed. Bob was also a charter member of the Upper Potomac Jaycees and a former finance commissioner for the Town of Westernport, MD.
Bob served as a football official for the Potomac Valley Football Association for nearly 40 years, holding multiple leadership positions over these years. During that time he officiated local high school football games and served as a mentor and role model to new and upcoming officials. Bob was well respected and he formed many friendships with fellow crew members as well as coaches and players that he cherished through the years.
Bob enjoyed golfing in his time off. He was a member at the Fore Sister’s Golf Course and regularly participated in the Thursday night league and enjoyed taking his grandkids on the course to teach them how to play the game.
Bob touched the lives of many people through his work, his giving, his service and his activities. But Bob’s first love was always his family. He was a devoted and loving son, husband and father, and an awesome Papa to his grandchildren. He was active in the lives of his immediate family as well as his extended family attending parties, sporting events, and other venues. He supported each person in their respective interests. He was an amazing role model for all who knew and loved him. His love, his easy going nature and his quiet smile will be missed by many.
Jillian Roberts wrote “When you lose a precious member of your family, the love you shared does not die with them. It lives on forever among the shattered pieces of your heart.” Bob has reached his heavenly home, but his love and his memory will forever be carried in the shattered hearts of those he has left behind.
In addition to his parents, Bob is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan (Metz) Broadwater; son, Josh Broadwater and wife, Amy, Rawlings, MD; daughter, Holly Broadwater and fiancé, Brian Varga, Myrtle Beach, SC.; and grandchildren Cailyn and Ben Broadwater, Rawlings, MD.
He is also survived by his siblings: Gary Broadwater and wife, Lisa, Piedmont, WV; Lois Wade and husband, Dan, Swanton, MD; Don Broadwater and wife, Glenda, Winchester, VA; and James “Bruno” Broadwater, Westernport, MD along many cherished nieces and nephews.
Bob lived his life giving to and serving others. In keeping with his compassionate and philanthropic nature, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: Allegany County Habitat for Humanity, www.alleganycountyhfh.org; Lisa Wade 5K/Corey’s Course, c/o Lisa Wade Memorial Scholarship, Steve Amann, 483 Walnut St, Westernport, MD 21562, or; American Red Cross, www.redcross.org.
Friends will be received at Boal’s Funeral Home in Westernport, MD on Tuesday December 6th from 4-8pm. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday December 7th at Boal’s in Westernport at 11am.