Robert Flood did a little bit of everything during his 28 years at the Port Authority, starting out as a bus driver, moving over to drive the vintage trolleys that clambered through the South Hills, then serving as a driver instructor before becoming superintendent of the Collier bus garage.
After his retirement in 1992, Mr. Flood plunged into work with the Pittsburgh Syria Shrine, serving two terms as potentate.
"It was a charitable organization, and he loved children," said his daughter, Bridget Wells of Zelienople.
Mr. Flood of Cranberry died Saturday from amyloidosis, a rare disease. He was 76.
He got his start with the Port Authority in 1964, the same year that the agency was founded to replace several private transit operators that were failing financially.
As superintendent of the Collier garage, he was responsible for keeping a considerable portion of the transit agency's bus fleet in working order and ensuring the safety of the thousands of riders it carried.
Born in Lowell, Mass., Mr. Flood settled in McKees Rocks with his first wife, Marlene, after serving in the Air Force for four years. Marlene Flood passed away in 2003, and Mr. Flood remarried four years later, Ms. Wells said.
"He was wonderful. He was respectful. He would give you the shirt off his back," she said.
Among Ms. Wells' fond memories was spending time with her father camping at Pymatuning State Park in Crawford County. When she gave birth to a daughter, Jordan, Mr. Flood would stay up at night, helping out with his granddaughter.
"He helped raise her," she said.
In addition to Ms. Wells, Mr. Flood is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter Robin Sentz of York, Pa.; son William of Charlotte, N.C.; stepsons John and Brandon Torreance of Baden; and five grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at McDermott Funeral Home, 334 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Shriners Hospital, c/o Syria Temple, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick, PA 15024.
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