A native of Mocksville, N.C., he was the son of the late Frank and Marie Corriher Sain. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Erroll Owen Sain; and a brother, George Sain.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jane Dyer Sullivan Sain; two daughters and sons-in-law: Lynn Marie and Larry Weathers of Cleveland and SuEllen and Larry Noelck of Louisville, Ky.; and one son, Tom Sain and wife, Deborah, of Omaha, Nev.; siblings: Flora Tucker of Wilmington, N.C., Mary Martin, Annie Shelton and Margaret Eudy and Earnest Sain, all of Walnut Cove, N.C.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews; and three stepchildren: Emma Jane Haile, Martha Foster and Julian Sullivan.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theater, Africa, Italy and France in the Mediterranean Theater. He joined the JC Penney Company where he worked and managed stores throughout the Southeast until coming to Cleveland in 1968. He retired after 43 years.
He was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church, having served on a number of committees. He was active in civic affairs including being a member and past president of the Chamber of Commerce, member and past president of Cleveland Rotary Club, past president of the Cleveland Boys & Girls Club, past president of Junior Achievement and an active volunteer of the Bradley/Cleveland United Way. He received many civic awards, including the Robert Varnell Jr. Leadership Award.
He was a member of the Tri State Rose Society and took great pleasure in sharing his beautiful roses with friends and shut-ins in Cleveland. He was a longtime member of the Cleveland Country Club, where he loved playing golf.
He was best known for his work with Habitat for Humanity which he and members of the Methodist Men of Broad Street United Methodist Church chartered. He had a direct impact on the lives of more than 70 families and thousands of volunteers through the years. A nine-home subdivision bears his name, Sain Village.
The visitation will be today, Nov. 5, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Broad Street United Methodist Church.
Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens at 11 a.m. Wednesday, and conclude with full military honors.
The celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in the sanctuary of Broad Street United Methodist Church with the Revs. Randy Martin, Skip White and Charles Lipps officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
The family request that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in Bob’s memory to either Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland, Broad Street United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Bob and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial Web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Sain family with these arrangements.