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A homegoing celebration will be held Thursday April 18, 2019  at 11am at Ruth AME Zion Church in Sharon, PA.
Mr. Robert Daniel Townsend, Hermitage, PA passed away at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh on Thursday April 11, 2019.  He was 71.
Bobby was born July 13, 1947 in Sharon, PA a son of  Robert Townsend, Jr. and Kathleen Allen Townsend.
He was employed for 27 years at the former Sharon Steel Corporation’s Farrell plant, working many years in the scarfing yard. Following the closing of Sharon Steel, he worked as an At-Risk Advisor for the Farrell Area School District for 13 years.
Bobby was an avid NBA basketball fan.  He always said there was a basketball game on 24/7 somewhere in the world.  In his younger days he coached many youth basketball and midget football teams.  He, himself was a member of the “Over-the-Hill” basketball team, playing in numerous 3-on-3 Gus Macker tournaments.  Bobby will always be remembered for being the “photographer of the valley”, taking numerous candid pictures.  His specialty was wedding photos and videos.
He was a Vietnam War Veteran (1 Battalion, 4th Infantry) from 1966 to his honorable discharge in 1968 as a  SP4 (T), serving in Germany.
As a member of Ruth African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Sharon, PA he previously served as a trustee, and prior to his recent illness served on the Usher Board.  Bobby was also a dedicated Prince of Peace volunteer (with the volunteers of Ruth A.M.E. Zion Church serving meals at the local social services agency).
He leaves to cherish his memory, his daughters, Sonya K. Townsend, Sharon, PA and Rolaunda C. Johnson (Lloyd), New Castle, PA;  Nikki Lowe of Niles, OH; his sons, Robert Q. Townsend (Tamie “fiancé”), Charleroi, PA and Richard D. Townsend (Nicole), Phoenix, Arizona; his sister, Christine A. Townsend, Hermitage, PA., his uncle, Willie James Townsend, S. Ozone Park, NY; his aunt, Mary A. Ridley, Brooklyn, NY; his step-mother, Dorothy Askerneese Townsend, Forest Hills, PA; 10 grandchildren; Brittany Townsend, Jasmine Townsend, Cherade Townsend, Shantel Townsend, Desmonde Jennings, Destinee Jennings, Daysha Jennings, Mykia Townsend-Strozier, Jourdan Townsend, and Ashton Crooks; 2 step-grandchildren, Dayisa Nunn and Deotis Nunn; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Nelson C. Townsend, his companion, Betty Jones, and a great-grandson, Noah-Divine Dungee.
The family will receive friends from 9:30-11am at the church.
Interment will be in America’s Cemetery Hermitage, Pa.






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  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ J.E. Washington Funeral Services, Inc.
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    My prayers are with you
    ~ Barbara Rucker   FARRELL, PA
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    Praying for your strength
    ~ Flora L. Newby   Hermitage, PA
  • Sunday, April 28, 2019
    We are saddened to know you are grieving the recent loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in the words found in Psalms 34:18 which reads: “ Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15 Isaiah 55;11). See and imagine yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    To the Family of Bobby Townsend, we send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers. Our thoughts are continually with you. Love You, The Price Family
    ~ Mrs. Etha Mosley Price and Family   Sharon, PA