Robert (Bob) George Canfield Jr.

Robert (Bob) George Canfield Jr.

Robert (Bob) George Canfield Jr. passed away on January 15, 2021. He was 82.

Bob was born October 16, 1938 in Waterbury, Connecticut. He was the son of Robert George Canfield Sr. and Christobel Enid Canfield. He had one sister - “Toby” - who passed away in a car accident during May of 1944. Robert Sr. and Christobel divorced soon after; Bob and his mother moved to San Francisco in July of 1944 to stay with Christobel's brother, Wallace Lampshire. Christobel later remarried Lawrence Anthony Schacker.

In 1957, Bob entered the Marine Corps and married Elisabeth (Liz) Strengmann. Bob and Liz spent the first 3 years of marriage in Hawaii where he was stationed with the Marines. While the two were there, Liz gave birth to their first son, Shane Alan Canfield. After Bob left the Marines, he moved his family to Sacramento, California. Soon after, he and Liz welcomed 3 more children: Mark Robert Canfield, Tianya (Tia) Canfield, and Lawrence (Larry) Wilhelm Canfield. Liz passed away in 2002; Larry was tragically killed in the line of duty as a motorcycle Officer for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department in 2008; Shane passed away from a stroke in late 2020.

Upon arrival, Bob worked at a pharmacy and then transitioned into truck driving for a local company. In 1966, Bob joined the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department as a deputy. After 12 years in Sacramento, Bob moved his family onto a 40-acre property in Galt, California where Bob instantly became a “Rancher”. In 1977, Bob and Liz purchased the nearby Herald Store. Liz ran the store and Bob worked for the Sheriff's Department patrolling the area. He also proclaimed himself the unofficial Mayor of Herald. He knew every backroad in the county and enjoyed sharing many humorous stories about his adventures. Bob loved riding his motorcycle around the countryside, and (reportedly) was working on obtaining his pilot's license. In 1982, Bob retired from the Sheriff's Department due to medical reasons. In 1984, Bob and Liz separated and eventually divorced, but remained close friends. During the 1990's, Bob held a position as Sergeant in the Security Department at Cal Expo, and then accepted a position as Chief of Security at the new Arco Arena in Sacramento, working with the Sacramento Kings. When Bob officially retired from his position at Arco Arena, he built a house in Anchor Point, Alaska and became an official resident! He greatly enjoyed fishing and sharing his catch with friends and family in Sacramento; he would spend his summers in Alaska and winters in Galt. Bob had a commanding voice that occasionally made people jump but was very fair and generous to everyone; he will be missed. Bob is survived by his son Mark, and his daughter Tia, along with several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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