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In loving memory of
Robert Arthur Pralle, Jr
  • June 22, 1955
  • -
  • April 05, 2017

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Robert “Bob” Arthur Pralle Jr. of Ormond Beach was born in Queens, New York on June 22, 1955 to the late Robert and Janet McCarthy Pralle. Bob lived a rich and meaningful life before passing away peacefully amid a sea of loved ones and prayer on April 5, 2017. He was sixty-one years old. Bob loved snow skiing and his Harley, Facebook and his cat Nester, gambling and God, but above all, his family. As a young man, Bob moved from California to Florida, where he ultimately established himself as a leader in the construction field. The well-respected custom home builder began his esteemed career in Volusia County over forty years ago with his uncles Doug and Jack McCarthy of McCarthy Builders. Ultimately Bob branched off to form Pralle Builders, where he was known for his detail-oriented craftsmanship and keen eye for design. When he wasn’t on the job site, you were likely to catch him racing by in a sports car, on his motorcycle or possibly by boat. Although his life was cut far too short, his family takes comfort in the fact that he lived it fully and passionately. After being diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live, Bob fought a courageous three-year battle with the disease, during which time he embraced good food and good friends, and renewed his purpose on earth. Bob spent not just his last days but his last years surrounded by family—his first priority always—doing the things he loved to do. He proudly added a dock to his waterfront home, believing correctly that if he built it, they would come; his friends and family will be forever grateful for the memories created there. Bob is survived by his daughter Christine O’Reilly; son Jeff Pralle (Jennifer); their mother Cindy Foote; stepson Casey Rousch; grandsons James and Cooper; sister Laurel Swann; brothers Glenn and Russell Pralle; aunt and uncle Linda and Jack McCarthy; nieces Kristin Swann Haller, Brittany Pralle and Megan Pralle, and nephew Dustin Swann. Words cannot express how profoundly he touched so many lives or how deeply he will be missed. A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11 AM at the Salty Church, 221 Vining Court, Ormond Beach, FL. Memorials may be sent to Cancerresearch.org or to Hospice of Volusia County.  The family wishes to thank Bob’s generous circle of friends for their faithful, loving support.


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  1. Gina Gann says:
    21 Apr 2017
    Bless your heart Bob
    This is not the end only the new beginning .
    I will see you again bet your sweet ......
    Love Always
    Gina Gann

  2. Heidi McCarthy says:
    20 Apr 2017
    You will be so missed, Bobby!
    Such a kind, gentle, devilish guy. I have so many great memories of working with you, and then for you. We had great times and were always there for each other. I will miss you so much!

  3. Heidi McCarthy lit a candle:
    20 Apr 2017
    Lit since April 20, 2017 at 4:03:22 PM

  4. Linda McCarthy says:
    19 Apr 2017
    Little Lauri age 5 and Little Bobby age 4 were the most precious children
    to me.
    I met them at Little Grandma's house first meeting Doug at the bowling alley; our local hang out after school. Doug asked his brother Jack if he wanted to meet me, "a guinea girl with long legs"? Jack and I have been inseparable ever since! My strongest wish was to adopt both children as they were so dear to my heart and have remained there ever since. Bob has indeed matured well. Everyone will say that he was full of hell and had an attitude that could anger the best of us until he realized that he was no longer invincible! You could observe him across a room at Lauri's home absorbing ever pair of eyes and everyone's smiles and mannerisms to last him his eternity!! He took a part of all of his loved ones with him and left us with his beautiful eyes, long sexy eyelashes and an abundance of everlasting love. See you in my next life Bob. It was my pleasure to be a part of your dash 1955-2017.

  5. Bert & Paula (Janet's cousin) Rees says:
    14 Apr 2017
    We are sad to learn of Bob's passing, and pray he is at peace
    after his long battle. We understand and share the pain that those of you who were close to him and loved a special man are feeling. Keep him close.

  6. Laurie McCarthy Powers lit a candle:
    13 Apr 2017
    Lit since April 13, 2017 at 4:41:54 PM

  7. Laurie McCarthy Powers says:
    13 Apr 2017
    Bob is my cousin, the son of my dad Doug's older sister Janet. The first time I met him, he was just a teen ager and I was only about 7 or 8 years old. He had been living in California and moved to Florida to work with my dad and Uncle Jack. He was in his one-room apartment with Cindy and then-toddler Chrissy (who loved Play Dough back then, by the way!) I agree with both my brother Brian's and my sister Jenna's comments above... I have very few family holiday or lake house memories that do not include Bob. My favorite memories though are the calls, texts and visits that we have shared the last three years while he bravely battled cancer. He kept his eyes on God, did the next thing and enjoyed every minute of his life. Like my dad, he lost his life much too young, but became more content with life the older he got. In fact, they both told me that the more they lost during those final years, the more things came into focus, the less stressed they were and the happier they became. I am inspired by Bob's faith and strength, and look forward to having a huge dinner in heaven with him one day (with the rest of the McCarthy clan... and Little Grandma cooking of course!)

  8. Anthony Viscomi says:
    13 Apr 2017
    To the Pralle family, the Viscomi family sends its sincerest condolences. I have so many fond memories of Bob including when I was 9 years old and he was framing my parents home. He was also in charge of my Toy Room and promised me that it would be a wonderful place for my brothers and I. I still can hear his words 37 years later. Over the years we joked about that one moment of time among other things . Watching my Dad, Doug McCarthy and Bob interact was always a treat. Now they are all together again. RIP Bob......One of the Good Guys

  9. Jenna McCarthy says:
    13 Apr 2017
    What my brother Brian said! You were a funny, handsome, hard-working SOB and you were a part of every milestone in my life. From the lake house to the Bahamas to bottomless bowls of popcorn with "blackie the blanket" and the countless times you pulled me around that lake on waterskiis, I will remember you often and fondly. Rest in peace my cousin. XO

  10. Brian McCarthy says:
    13 Apr 2017
    Love you Uncle Bob. You were my Dad's best friend and he always talked about what a hard working SOB you were. ( You have to know my Dad to understand that was a big compliment!) I have a lot of great memories as a child with you and I hope you are at peace now. You were a great Dad. Love you

  11. Janice Hurst says:
    12 Apr 2017
    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Bob was a great guy and will be missed by many. He was always so friendly and had a smile on his face no matter what he was going through...sure will miss seeing him in the neighborhood.

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