Lorain County Community College staff member, Bob Flyer, passed away Sept. 2 due to cholangiocarcinoma, cancer of the bile ducts. For the past two years, Flyer, 68, held the position of the Assistant to the Vice President for Administrative Services. He began his career at LCCC as the Director of Physical Plant Operations in 2005.
“Professionally Bob was a great asset to the college,” said Laura Carissimi, Director of Purchasing & Facilities Planning at LCCC. “ Bob was dedicated to the college and freely shared his deep knowledge and professional experience,” she stated.
Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President of LCCC, was saddened by Flyer’s sudden death.
“Our entire campus community is deeply saddened by the passing of our colleague and friend Bob Flyer. Bob’s impact on our campus in the last 11 years will have a lasting legacy for our students, employees, and community,” Ballinger said, “I believe he took the greatest pride in helping to create the Veteran’s Lounge in the College Center.”
Flyer was a member of the United States Navy in the Vietnam War. “He was passionate about veterans,” said Dale Lucas, LCCC’s current Director of Physical Plant Operations. “It was a great loss,” Lucas continued. “Bob was a wealth of knowledge, a great mentor, and cared about everyone’s success.”
Flyer, a Painesville resident, is survived by his wife of 33 years, Anita; his son, Christopher; his brothers, Tony and Tom “Robin” Flyer; and his mother-in-law, Joannie Layne.
Carissimi remembers a colleague who, while having a tough reputation among contractors, she recalls being a ‘teddy-bear’. “While he was tough and exacting on contractors, he was well respected as, while he demanded high performance standards, he was fair, and worked to find ‘win-win’ solutions to the problems that inevitably emerge in construction and renovation projects,” Carissimi stated. “Bob was a kind-hearted person who loved animals,” she said. “He enjoyed witty humor, such as Rocky and Bullwinkle, Mel Brooks’ films, and the host of email jokes he circulated.”
Lucas added that Flyer had a personal impact on his life. “He helped me immensely on the job as well as in my personal life,” Lucas recalled. “He encouraged my daughters to go into College Credit Plus, and my wife to pursue her associate’s degree and continue through the University Partnership.”
A memorial service was held on Sept. 9 at Monreal Funeral Home in Eastlake.
Ballinger plans to honor Flyer’s legacy with a new scholarship opportunity for veterans. “To honor Bob, we have established the Bob Flyer Memorial Student Veteran’s Fund,” Ballinger said. “This fund is through the LCCC Foundation, and will help support our student veterans.”
Kristin Hohman contributed to this story.