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Robert C Inman

June 18, 1946 ~ April 30, 2018 (age 71)
Robert "Bob" Inman, 71, died Monday, April 30, 2018 after living with ALS for seven years. He grew up in New Bedford, then resided in Yarmouth until retiring to Naples, FL. Robert taught history and government for 33 years, spending the majority of his career at Sandwich High School. He had a lifelong love of basketball. He played for the Catholic Youth Organization, Cape Cod Community College, and in adult leagues on Cape Cod. Robert later channeled his love for the game into coaching. In 1972, he coached the Sandwich High School boys basketball team to its first Cape and Islands League championship in 42 years. The Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives honored the team with proclamations, and the town celebrated with a parade and rally. Robert later left the position of varsity boys basketball head coach at Sandwich to become the school's varsity assistant coach and the junior varsity coach, roles he said he enjoyed more. He took pride in making sure that every JV player got to play in every game. Outside of school, Robert spent summers, nights, and weekends behind a bar. He tended bar for more than four decades in Massachusetts and Florida. He spent his free time in or around the water. In later years he took up nature photography, sharing his love by designing books, videos, and a web site. He earned an associate's degree at Cape Cod Community College, where he took pride in passing his candlepin bowling class. He earned a bachelor's degree in education from Salem State University and a master's degree in history from Bridgewater State University. He served in the US Army Reserve for seven years. Robert is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jean, his daughter, Alissa, son-in-law, Juan, twin granddaughters, his brother, Kenneth, and his sister, Nancy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Edward, his brother, Edward, and his sister, Arlene. A service is planned at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Therapy Development Institute ( in his name (donations will be added to the fund raising goal of an annual event held in his memory), or to the ALS Association Florida Chapter.
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