Robert Springborn passed away Thursday, October 25th while undergoing treatment for his recent diagnosis with cancer. He leaves behind a legacy built over a lifetime of learning to master the art of forgiveness, compassion and a deep understanding of love. He’ll be remembered for many positive attributes as well as for his appreciation and positive outlook of life, which he often conveyed to a wide group of friends and family. Robert embarked into his adult years by moving to Maine with his wife, two children and his Golden Retriever after leaving Springborn Laboratories as Vice President. His strong work ethic, commitment to his family, and his vision for success were exemplary of a family man. Robert carried these auspicious qualities with him as he went on to create one of the more distinguished parts of his legacy, the enormously successful staffing company, Springborn Staffing Services of Portland, Maine. Bob found his true path when he embarked on his road to sobriety 11 years ago in Los Angeles, CA. Under the guidance of Alcoholics Anonymous, Robert was able to find a new lease on life. There the roots of his character reached a new level of clarity that was both alluring and modeled, by surrounding himself with newcomers and those who have walked these rooms for many years. Robert found the true definition of service and selflessness in these rooms and learned how to teach and demonstrate those values every day. He became enthralled with literature that engulfed him in spiritual transcendence, allowing him to wholeheartedly embrace all facets of his life. His passion was sparked by Joseph Campbell, from whom he learned that once you “follow your bliss, the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” (Joseph Campbell).
It was Robert’s spirituality and a strong understanding of his higher power that allowed him to embrace with dignity and a light heart, incurable cancer. Yet, rather than struggling to accept reality or self-loathing, he embraced his remaining opportunities to love and mend his relationships. Robert’s life was indeed cut short, but by no means did he leave with an empty heart. Having been recently pre-deceased by his father, Robert C. Springborn this past January 2018, Robert is survived by his Mother, Carolyn Jean Springborn, his sister Deborah Lynn Springborn of Placerville, CA, and his two children, Adam Robert Springborn of Fort Lauderdale, FL; and Jessica Springborn Willard, two grandchildren Charles Willard and Madelynn Willard. He also leaves behind many extended family members as well as his ‘adopted family’ in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, where his warm heart will continue to be felt and make a difference. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity. A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held at the 24 Hour Club on November 18th at 12:00pm
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