FORT WORTH – Robert Charles Vivion passed away peacefully Thursday morning, November 28. Mr. Vivion was 79. SERVICE: A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, December 9, in the Marty Leonard Community Chapel, 3131 Sanguinet Street, with a reception to follow. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, in his memory, is suggested. Born September 23, 1940, in Avalon, Robert was the son of Fred Warren and Laura Leona Harris Vivion. He graduated from R. L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth before receiving a science degree from Texas Christian University. While at TCU, he began dating Sandra Bridges; the couple married on January 23, 1964. In 1971, Robert started working at Caro’s on Curzon, a job that ultimately led him to becoming a Certified Executive Chef. He owned Robert’s Restaurant on University Drive and ran Catering by Robert. After a decade of restaurant ownership, he transitioned to being Executive Chef at Deen Meat and retired in 2010. He was a member of the Texas Chefs Association, who awarded him Chef of the Year in 1998, and was Chef Rōtisseurs with the Confrérie de la Chaíne des Rōtisseurs. His memberships also included the Texas Restaurant Association and the American Culinary Federation. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard Henry Vivion. SURVIVORS: In addition to his wife of 55 years, Sandra, Robert is survived by his three daughters and their families, Laura and Jesse Smith, Callie and Russell Matthews and Sally Panzera; and was a “proud” grandfather to Warren Douglas and Emma Ruth Smith, Devin Charles and Harris William Matthews and Sophia Rose and Joseph Santino Panzera.
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