Robert Hall Furber

Robert Hall Furber, devoted husband and father, beloved son, brotherand friend, died July 31, 2006, while scuba diving with his son at Point LobosState Reserve, on the California coast, south of Carmel.

Bob was born July 16, 1953 in Redwood City, California, to John DouglasFurber and Jean Lauderdale Hall Furber. He moved to Florida with his family for several years before returningto Daly City for high school. While in Florida, he began learning trombone and guitar.  Music would grow to become a majorfocus of his life over the years. 

His interests and occupations were as diverse as his uniquepersonality.  After attendingseveral California colleges, he was a recording engineer at Freeway Recordingin Oakland.  He worked for severalyears as an electronics engineer in Silicon Valley.  His most recent endeavors were as a cheese monger in SantaCruz, and as a pirate on an authentic sailing ship, the Royaliste, in SanFrancisco Bay.  Bob was also activeon cable access TV in Santa Cruz County, playing music and acting.  Over the years, he played saxophone,bass, and guitar in a dozen different bands. Currently, he was playing with twoSanta Cruz bands, “Back to Nowhere,” and “Sound Reasoning.”

He lived his life passionately, pursuing a wide range of interests,from cartography to genealogy, history and literature, photography, music,travel, sailing, diving, and camping. Most importantly, he helped his wife Nancy raise their two boys.  He lived his life to the fullest. Bobwill be missed by all those whose lives he touched. He is survived by his wifeNancy, sons Bobby and Corbin, mother Jean, step-mother Elizabeth, brother John,and many family members.

Those who knew Bob are invited to write in the Remembrances Guestbookof the Santa Cruz Sentinel online edition.

To catch a glimpse into his life, visit

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to either:

Š      the Furber Family for benefit of the children:

            c/o  Nancy Furber, Liberty Bank, PO Box 296,Ben Lomond CA 95005.

Š      Or        O’Neill Sea Odyssey, 2222 East Cliff Drive, Suite 222, Santa Cruz, CA95062. (831) 475-1561. O’Neill Sea Odyssey teaches kids about our living ocean on board a 65-footcatamaran. 



Whaler's Cove,Point Lobos State Reserve. Robert Furber, Jr. points to where the emergencyoccurred.