Robert N. Silverman

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“Like so many others visiting this page I was an ELP student of Mr. Silverman's. He was my teacher at Skycrest Elementary, and I can't think of any...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Marshall Touchton - Palm Harbor, FL

“I can't say enough, how much of a mentor he played in my life. Even at 43 years old, I have never forgotten his impact. It's amazing to see the...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Jeff Patterson - Tampa, FL

“I have had a few great teachers, but Mr. Silverman by far was the most influential and memorable in my life. I was fortunate to have him as my ELP...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Melissa Mita - Clearwater, FL

“Words cannot express what Mr. Silverman meant to me as a child. The pinnacle of our school week was to march on down the hall to spend the day in...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Sterling Smith - Austin , TX

“Mr. Silverman was my ELP teacher in the early eighties, at Skycrest Elementary. There was nothing my sister, friends, and I looked more forward to...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Rachel Mita - Clearwater, FL

“You will be missed Mr. Silverman. Thank you for shaping the lives of so many. ”
6 of 29 | Posted by: Debi Timperio - Vicenza, Italy

“My prayers go out to you....you will always be in my heart. With deepest sympathy, Judy ”
7 of 29 | Posted by: Judith F. Woods - FL

“Karen, Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Love - Karl, Sharon & Karla Pedersen ”
8 of 29 | Posted by: Sharon Pountney

“Karen and family, Mark and I will miss Bob so much. The four of us shared many happy memories of gourmet meals, wonderful music, cut throat board...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Kathy Welch - Dunedin, FL

“Unfortunately, even Mr. Silverman himself couldn’t instill in me enough words to describe what he really taught me and the thousands of other kids...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Tyler Ahern - Palm Harbor, FL

“I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a good friend and an excellent teacher. His students thrived under his guidance--the projects they...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Ginny Johnson - Clearwater, FL

“RIP Bob. We will all miss your humor and kindness. My sympathy to Karen, your sons, and family. ”
12 of 29 | Posted by: Sheila Jaquish - Largo, FL

“I'm an so sorry for you loss, my heart goes out to you and your family. ”
13 of 29 | Posted by: Suzanne Joseph - Clearwater, FL

“I met Bob during my very first year of teaching gifted children. We bonded quickly because I chose to teach architecture because our new school was...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Darlene McLean - St. Pete, FL

“Thank you, Bob, for all the wonderful memories and funny moments we both shared with the same students at Skycrest. I will always be greatful for...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Cindy Rudd - Trinity, FL

“Rest in peace Bob. Your good work here will be remembered by so many. ”
16 of 29 | Posted by: RICHARD SCHLOSSBERG - SARASOTA, FL

“Dear Jeremy and Corey, So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time. ”
17 of 29 | Posted by: Marilyn Satinoff - Palm Harbor, FL

“Earth has no sorrows that heaven can't heal. Our prayers are with you all during this time of bereavement. ”
18 of 29 | Posted by: Johnnie Mae & Cornelius Hawkins - FL

“Bob was such an inspiring teacher! I was always in awe of his connection with his students and his own God given brillance. It was such an honor to...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Cindy Webb - St. Petersburg, FL

“I'm so glad that once I found you, my long lost cousin, I was able to meet Bob when he was healthy and robust. I shall not forget our meeting and...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Carlyn Rosenberg - Clifton, NJ

“Karen, we have been friends for a very long time, ever since I came to Skycrest over twenty years ago. I have wonderful memories of dinners here with...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Melinda White - Dunedin, FL

“My wife taught with Bob for several years at Sutherland. Whether it was holiday parties at his house or shopping at Publix, he was always friendly...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: John Hamilton - Palm Harbor, FL

“The world has lost a fine man with the passing of Bob. He always had interesting and creative ideas for teaching the gifted and talented students...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Art Dimter - Seminole, FL

“Bob was a great educator whose gifted classes had a significant and positive impact on both my daughters. Ironically, we discovered by chance that we...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Richard Gottlieb - FL

“Dear Karen and family, I am deeply saddened that Bob has gone! I will miss our special dinners together and his animated look at life. Bob was...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Karen Finch - Sarasota, FL

“Rest in peace, brother Bob. You leave behind a life well lived, a wonderful family and a legacy of community service from your decades as a dedicated...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Art Silverman - Frederick, MD

“It was a pleasure to associate with Bob during my tenure as principal of Sutherland Elementary. Bob always expressed an interest in my sons and was...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Brenda Leasure - Tarpon Springs, FL

“Bob was the love of my sister's life and she was the love of his life. One of the kindest, gentlest and most loving people I've known, passionate...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Robin Rosenberg - New City, NY

“On behalf of our entire staff, we are honored to serve your family. ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: Staff of Sylvan Abbey


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Silverman, Robert N., 68, of Palm Harbor, passed on January 29, 2012. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Bob was born in Walterboro, South Carolina on June 8, 1944, son of Leah Dimont and Manuel Silverman, and nephew of Max I. Dimont, a noted international author of Jewish history. Bob grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Ohio State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Bob received his Master's Degree in History from Western Reserve and began his life-long teaching career in Cleveland. He later obtained a Masters Degree in Gifted Education from the University of South Florida.

Bob married his first wife Sandi Rosewater while in Ohio. Soon afterwards, they settled in Florida where Bob obtained a teaching position at Skycrest Elementary in Clearwater teaching gifted and talented children. Bob and Sandi had two boys, Jeremy, now a prominent musician in the entertainment industry, and Jonathan Corey, who is now a lawyer.

In 1980, Bob married Karen Rosenberg Siani and adopted her son Aaron, who is now a general manager of a restaurant in Citrus Park, FL.

"Mr. Silverman" influenced and inspired many generations of gifted children in his 35 year teaching career. In addition to Skycrest Elementary, Bob taught at Safety Harbor Elementary, Sutherland Elementary in Palm Harbor and Oldsmar Elementary. Bob wrote his own units of study in law, creative thinking, inventions and architecture, which served as a model for the Pinellas County Gifted Department. Bob's gifted students were the first students to assemble motherboards for desktop computers in a program that received widespread acclaim. Bob shared his expertise in these areas with his colleagues at many Florida State educational conferences.

In addition to children's education, Bob was passionate about books and music. He played the clarinet, loved Dixieland jazz and was known to play a good comb and tissue paper "down by the riverside". Bob was also involved in Boy Scouts and served as a Webelos scout leader.

A man of many dimensions, Bob was intelligent, well read, thoughtful and charming with a great sense of humor. He was kind and generous, and believed in complimenting people in all walks of life who performed their jobs well, often calling out managers and bosses to let them know if a worker had performed beyond expectations. He felt strongly that one should know when he/she is doing a good job.

Bob and his wife Karen attended services at Bnai Emunah in Tarpon Springs.

Bob is survived by his wife Karen, the love of his life; son Aaron, daughter-in-law Teresa and grandson Joseph, 8, of Trinity, Fl; son Jeremy, daughter-in-law Katie and grandson Ian, 5, of Fort Myers, Fl; son Jonathan Corey and daughter-in-law Mandy of Trinity, Fl.; two brothers Arthur Silverman of Frederick, Md. and Richard Silverman of Chardon, Ohio and their families.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Mensa Educational & Research Fund or the Prostate Cancer Foundation.