|Birth: ||Jul. 21, 1951|
|Death: ||Jan. 15, 2010|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
SALT LAKE CITY- The bravest hearts are sometimes the most fragile.
Salt Lake City musician Robert E. Gandy, died Friday, January 15, 2010 of a sudden heart attack. Survived by mother Virginia, children Sarah, Elizabeth, and Phillip, and wife Julie and her children Allie and Ken, along with grandchildren Lydia, Adelle, Violet and Cedric.
His bravery came from an unwavering love for his family and those around him, even in the face of daunting adversity. His son Phillip developed autism at an early age, and despite the challenges, Bob was unwaveringly patient, gentle, kind and loving. He helped Philip through school and college.
All the while, he was active in the church and also ran a print shop, sometimes sleeping on a cot in the back. Even after his first near-fatal heart attack.
He was also an incredibly talented musician, playing classical piano for the church and community events. He produced four albums: Dreamer's Flight, Discovery, Through the Eyes of a Child, and The Roof. His music can be found here: BobGandy.com. His music has been played periodically on NPR's Morning Edition since 2000. He was a regular performer at Salt Lake City restaurant The Roof, and even performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake's Temple Square.
Bob Gandy was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and music was a huge part of his life. His father, Jack Gandy Sr was a guitarist in a band, and his older brother, Jack Gandy Jr a drummer. His mother Virginia, along with the rest of the family, was very supportive of his talent from a young age.
At the age of nine, he was accepted in to the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he honed his skill and talent. Teachers noted his keen sense of rhythem and natural style of syncopation, and by age 12, he was composing his own music.
His compassion and dedication were unwavering. His mother (Virginia Walter) fell and injured herself, and after driving her to the hospital, he returned to work another 4 hours, where he had another sudden attack.
A heart who's music showed love conquered all has been silenced.
Robert Gandy, July 21, 1951- January 15, 2010
We lost our dear husband, father, son, brother, and grandfather who was known for his big heart and generosity, but his physical heart failed him on January 15, 2010.
He was born in Baltimore, Maryland July 21, 1951. He cherished every day and appreciated the gifts life has to offer, especially his family and music. He was a gifted musician and his music will always be a gift to us and will live on forever.
Preceded in death by his father Jack E. Gandy and step-daughter Jennifer Parker. Survived by his wife Julie Gandy, mother Virginia Walter, brother Jack Gandy, children Sarah Petersen (Matt), Elizabeth Oates (Wes), Philip Gandy and step-children Allie and Ken Parker, grandchildren Lydia, Adelle, Violet and Cedric.
Viewing will be at the McDougal Funeral Home 4330 S. Redwood Rd in SLC Wednesday, Jan 20 from 6 to 8 PM. Services will be held at the LDS Chapel 3045 Bernina Drive (5800 S), SLC, at 11 AM on Thursday, Jan. 21. A viewing will be held before services from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.
Jack Earl Gandy (1919 - 1973)
Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery
Salt Lake County
Created by: Nancy Stout
Record added: Apr 11, 2013
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