Robert Woodrow Broadwater, 79, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Mr. Broadwater was born in Cumberland, Maryland, on June 24, 1941, to the late Asa Broadwater and Catherine Smith. He spent most of his life in Buffalo, New York, where he and his wife Diane raised their family. He worked 20 years as a crane operator for Bethlehem Steel and more recently as a therapist assistant at the Western New York Developmental Center before moving to Asheville in 2019.

For many years he was active in youth baseball in the Buffalo area, serving as a coach and then president of the District 5 Athletic Association. He was also a past member of the board of visitors of the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Diane Mapes Broadwater; four sons, Gary Broadwater, Kevin Broadwater (James Vaughn), Robert Broadwater, Jr. and Patrick Broadwater (Becky Roneker); a granddaughter, Madison Broadwater; brother-in-law, Harry Mapes (Francine); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family members.

No memorial services are scheduled at this time. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association www.lbda.org.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.

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  1. Enjoyed working with Bob for many years in the D5AA Baseball Program. A great guy with no hidden agenda. A positive role model for our youth. RIP and Godspeed my friend.

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  2. Diane and family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. Bob was a great man.
    I worked w him for years in C 43. He was proud of his family and shared many stories. We would bet on crazy things- like how long a leaf would stay in a specific spot. He won. Then he laughed and confessed that he taped the leaf to the concrete. May his memory be a blessing.

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