Robert Allen Briggs was born on July 21, 1959 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to the late Donald Rae and Aleta Jo (Harper) Briggs.
“Bob” was a child of a Navy family that moved frequently, but eventually settled down in Virginia. He was the salutatorian of his high school class in 1977 where he moved on to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from George Mason University. He later received his Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He focused his career in environmental remediation with great success.
He was happily married for 24 years and loved serving as the provider for his family. Bob was not only a caring and gentle father, but he was generous in his time, effort, and resources to everyone around him. Along with his compassionate heart, Bob had a vast sense of humor. He loved playing pranks on his siblings, and his family and friends would easily describe him as a “goofball.”
Bob’s curiosity and eagerness to learn lead him to take on any challenge that came his way and sparked many interests. He loved football, playing racquetball and golf, and kept up with his beloved Hokies over the years. He was also a wonderful artist, creating calligraphy, sketches, and paintings that would surprise even his closest loved ones. He excelled in wood working, home repair, and culinary arts.
He loved riding his motorcycle, air-guitaring to classic rock music, cooking, travel, and most of all, spending time with his family and friends.