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Obituary: Robert F. Giles

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Longtime Sandmeyer Steel executive Robert F. Giles passed away March 29 at the age of 86.
 
Giles joined Sandmeyer in 1956 as a sales correspondent. He rose through the ranks to become vice president of sales in 1964, a position he held until his retirement from the company in 1993.
 
“Bob was one of the pioneers of our company, working closely with my grandfather Paul and my father Ron Sr. in the early years of our history,” said Ron Sandmeyer Jr., CEO of Sandmeyer Steel. “He was the consummate sales professional who knew our markets, our products, and our customers better than anyone. We are eternally grateful to Bob for his many significant contributions to the growth and success of our company.”
 
A native of McKeesport, Pa., Giles joined the Air Force after graduating from McKeesport High School in 1950. He was stationed in Fort Dix, N.J., where he met his wife Jackie.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Jacqualin L. (Martin) Giles, and a grandson, Michael Giles. He is survived by his children, Jim Giles, Jared Giles and Christine Hutkin; nine grandchildren; his sister, Judy Ricciotti; his brother, James D. Giles; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
 
Services were held April 7 at Reed & Steinbach Funeral Home in Doylestown, Pa. Interment will be at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery at a later date.