Bob Wiebusch, athlete and gentle soul, succumbed to colon cancer and left this life for another realm Dec. 28, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; and a niece, Patti Spinetti.

Bob was born in San Francisco and enjoyed the good life there. He attended St. Brigid Grammar School where his athletic prowess was first discovered. There he played football, basketball and baseball.

At St. Ignatius, Bob played four years of varsity basketball. In his senior year he received the Brophy Award. The sportswriters of the city chose him to become a member of both the All City and All Northern California basketball teams. In 1951, Bob was elected captain of the championship team.

At USF, Bob played varsity basketball three years and was a member of the NCAA Championship team. After college, he was part of a group sponsored by the Department of State who made a two-month goodwill tour of South America and Central America playing basketball in 29 different cities.

Both Bob and Mary loved to travel and spent many happy times in Hawaii. Their wanderlust also found them in Alaska, Canada, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Australia, New Zealand, the South Sea Islands, most of the European countries and one of their very favorites, Turkey.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. at the Clubhouse in Creekside in Sonoma.

All those who knew and loved Bob are invited to come and share their stories.