3852 Mindona Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017
Feb 25, 1952 - Apr 17, 2017
Robert Clinton Shay, 65, died Monday April 17, 2017.
Rob was born on February 25, 1952 in Summit, NJ to George Clinton and Lucille Nordenholt Shay. He was raised in Corning, NY until he moved to Winston-Salem in 1971. Rob established the original West End Café in 1980 and later expanded to its current location where he enjoyed joint ownership until his retirement in 2016. During these years he also co-owned and operated the former Cat's Corner and Southbound Bistro.
Rob was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He saw the best in people and was quick to help a stranger. His sense of humor and quick wit were always sure to make you smile.
Active in his community, Rob helped organize the March of Dimes Chili Cook-off for many years. He was instrumental in the revitalization of downtown Winston-Salem and was also a member of the Restaurant Association.
He was preceded in death by his mother and his sister Deborah Shay Downey. Surviving are his wife Suzanne Purvis Shay of the home, son Michael Robert Shay (Kasi) of Winston-Salem, grandchildren Carter Michael Shay, and Emma Rose Shay, father G. Clinton Shay of Hardy, VA, brother Stephen B. Shay, sister Lucinda S. Justice, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Come join family and friends to celebrate Rob’s life at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday April 30, 2017 at 3852 Mindona Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Crisis Control Ministry, 200 E. 10th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to Amy Linville and Lisa Bryant for all their support during the last month.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.salemfh.com.
Dear Suzanne and family, I am so sorry to hear about Rob's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful life he has lived and I know that you will miss him terribly. I pray that God gives you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Clarence Raymond Muldovan
It will seem strange not seeing Rob sitting in his favorite spot at the American Legion and him saying "Hey Clarence" when I came in.May God Bless his Soul, He will be missed by all. Condolences To Susan and all his family from Clarence Muldovan and Marie Hartmann.
Janet Shoemaker Jones
I will remember Rob from our family's long association. My thoughts and prayers are with Steve, Clint and Cindy.
My brother Matthew told me of Rob's obituary in today's Leader. I'm sorry to learn of his passing. He was one of my original childhood friends. I remember boy scouts, overnights at the family house on Spencer Hill, snow mobile riding (a real novelty mid sixties), Rob's driving privileges down the long road to the main road in the scout well before legal driving age, camp outs and other fun memories of adolescent stupidness and the joy of growing up in the 50's. I'm glad we shared those times and hope the rest of his life was as joyous and care free.
Best to all those left behind.
Ken and Wendie Lewis
Rob will truly be missed. What a great person, I so loved making him laugh. Suzanne my condolences and love to you. If you need anything please let us know. Wendie and Ken
The world seems a little smaller and this rain a little damper today . we are all a lot sadder Rob has gone ahead of us . Our times with Rob will remain with us the rest of our lives . Thanks for the memories .
Betsy and Jeremy Chapman
Suzanne, all our love and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss and hope that you feel the support of your family and your many friends during this terrible time. With deepest sympathy, Betsy and Jeremy
Suzanne and family, I am so very sorry to learn of Rob's passing. I hope the love and support from your family and friends brings you some peace and comfort during this sad time. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Matthew F. Carney III
Although I was more familiar with Debby, Rob's older sister, I have good memories of our connections through more than 50 years with the family. The Shays lived on Wall St. and then on Catherine St. and later on Spencer Hill. My mother was a good friend of Lucille. Rob's mother, and I recall driving her to Winston-Salem to visit Lucille in her later years, and stopping for a reunion in Rob's restaurant for a brief while. I know that good people are always treasured and remembered for the joy their lives bring to others, and this is how I believe Rob hoped his restaurants would enable people to grow closer over a meal in his community. There is hope in the dreams that enlivened all the members of the Shay family whom I knew and enjoyed being with over so many years. Wishing Rob peace and his family strength, for love does not die, but is eternal.
Sorry for your loss Suzanne and Michael. Rob and I had been good LKQDfriends since 2nd grade. I will miss him always. R.I.P old buddy...
Dave and April
We're so sorry to have learned of Robs' passing. Our thought's and prayer's are going out to family and friends. He will be greatly missed. So many of our fondest memories of travel and time together will be forever remembered. GOD SPED my friend. I miss you already..
Carolyn A Highsmith
My sincerest condolences to the family of "Bob" Shay. I am the aunt of David Bridges who is a long-time friend and colleague of "Bob" Shay. I met and interacted with "Bob" many years ago when my nephew first started working at the West End Cafe and during the years that "Bob" and David orchestrated the March of Dimes Chili Cook-off events at Tanglewood--using their special recipe. Again, my prayers and thoughts are with you all at this most difficult of times.
Carolyn A Highsmith
In my previous condolence, I incorrectly typed "Bob" for "Rob" and can't seem to find a way to correct the original post. Again, my sincerest condolences for your loss.