Robert Ancil Sansom

Robert Ancil Sansom, born to earth June 26, 1936; borne to the arms of Jesus December 30, 2020. He died at Meadville Medical Center with Ann, his wife of 62 years by his side.

 

Bob was born the oldest of four children to Ancil and Edna (Bancroft) Sansom in Centerville.

 

He spent 11 years at Bloomfield School in Lincolnville but graduated from Townville High School in 1954. Bob took to driving truck. He met his soon to be wife Ann Gulland through his sister Joquetta and they married on May 10, 1958. Bob continued driving for 50 years; first for Rex Carpenter, then Hammermill, PPG, and Holland. He loved driving and virtually had a roadmap in his head.

 

Bob was a hard worker. He enjoyed growing up on a farm, and continued to have a love for tractors. Though often on the road, Bob maintained a healthy garden with the help of his six children. To relax, he enjoyed walks in the woods—seeing what God had grown there and teaching anyone accompanying how to identity trees and plants.

 

Having been raised in a Christian home, Bob gave his heart to the Lord as a teenager. Later, a critical juncture, the Lord touched his heart and later yet touch his body. For his remaining years he continued to grow in the Lord becoming an increasingly loving husband and father.

 

In addition to his wife Ann of Centerville; he is survived by 6 children, Lori (Bob) Bunce of Centerville, Mary (Ken) Williams of Warren, Joe (Jewel) Sansom of Brookville, Lisa (Rev. Tim) Maybray of Titusville, Jenny (John) Burns of Townville, Steve (Tracey) Sansom of Centerville; 18 grandchildren, Andrew (Jillian) Bunce, Bethany (Jason) Kontaxes, Megan (Steve) Resig, Josh (Laura) Williams, Tara (Aaron) Lewis, Brandon (Tiffany) Sansom, Zac Sansom, Hannah Sansom, Kayla (Darrick) Johnson, Emily (Brian) Bennett, Jacob (Katee) Bronson, Shana (Trent) Burchard, Leana Burns, Melanie Burns, Maria Burns, Abigail (Matt) Trypus, Lea Sansom, Faith Sansom; 19 great grandchildren;  and 3 sisters, Joquetta (George) Canfield of Cambridge Springs, Sandy (Bruce) Smith of Titusville, Nancy Caldwell of FL.

 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Grace Ann Bronson and Sarah Bronson; and a great-grandson, Dylan Blake Lewis.

 

A private service with the family will be held at the Titusville Free Methodist Church where he and his wife are members. His son-in-law, Pastor Tim Maybray, will officiate.

 

Interment will be in Union Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Free Methodist Church 42490 State Hwy 27, Titusville, PA 16354.