Rob Lippincott Obituary
Rob Lippincott, or Roob to some, died on the evening of Friday, November 4th, in Austin, Texas, surrounded by family. He was born on May 16, 1948, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. Rob moved throughout the Midwest with his family until they settled in Houston, Texas, when he was eight.
At a young age, Rob was a super competitor on the community swim team and little league baseball. He was a letterman on the Houston Lee High School swim team, ran the 440 and 880 yard for their track team, and won the state championship for this in his senior year. Rob was absolutely fearless as a kid and would do anything on a dare. His inward backflip off the 25-foot “Coop’s Tower” at Eberhart summer camp in Michigan had never been attempted before by any other campers or counselors. In Houston, after the infamous “Hurricane Carla” passed through, Rob took advantage of the 40-50 mile per hour gusts that followed over the next few days to rig up a sail using a bedsheet, and streak down the street on roller skates, for his own and others entertainment.
Rob later went to the University of Texas at Austin, where he joined the Tau Chapter of Kappa Sigma and became the President of the fraternity that always meant so much to him. He was a principal and dealer of the Kappa Sig casino, coined “the Colorado Club.” Keeping up with his athletics, he was a part of the Kappa Sig baseball and football intramural teams. Later in his life, he was honored to be awarded Tau Man of the Year and twice given the Frank Irwin Award.
Rob worked a myriad of jobs before, during, and after college, even selling Cutco knives! Years later, he demonstrated, to the delight of his children, how Cutco’s kitchen shears could cut straight through a penny. He fondly remembered when he worked as an errand boy for Mrs. Oveta Hobby, wife of the former governor William Pettus Hobby. He also reopened and managed the Cabaret Club in Bandera for a while. He lived and worked for a few memorable years in Gruene, Texas, which is where he met and years later, married his wife, Cathy. Rob, along with family and friends, traveled extensively in Mexico, which led to his love of the culture and cuisine.
Rob and Cathy opened Guero’s in a small rented space on East Oltorf in 1986, two weeks after their wedding. Rob was the chief bottle washer, dishwasher, and cook during those early days. They fondly remembered one Sunday cashing out the register with a whopping $400 in sales for one day’s business. In 1994, the family bought the Central Feed and Seed Store on South Congress Avenue. Guero’s and Rob’s moxie was precisely what the neighborhood needed. He helped unify the merchants and strengthen the community. This led the way for South Congress Avenue to become the treasure it is now. Daughters Lyle and Bette joined the family business in 2013, establishing 2nd generation leadership and ownership.
In the midst of this sorrow-filled moment in our lives, we are overjoyed to have witnessed Rob meeting and loving two new lives. His daughters each bestowed upon him the gift of becoming a Grandpa to two baby boys. Rob is survived by his wife Cathy, his daughter Lyle, her husband Josh, and grandson Milo, his daughter Bette, her husband Andy, and grandson Theo. Also, his brother Jack and wife Kathy, his sister Nancy, and husband Bruce…along with his beloved nieces and nephews.