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Robert E. Meale
  • October 20, 1920
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  • May 28, 2010

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Robert E. Meale  Born in New York City to parents just arrived from Bari, Italy, Bob rejected his father's wishes to fight for Mussolini and enlisted in the U.S. Army.  Only 19 days past his 23rd birthday, in the predawn hours of November 8, 1942, Bob landed, under heavy fire, with other untested American troops at Fedala, near Casablanca, losing his best friend before reaching the beach.  Four months later, Bob was one of 30,000 American troops who engaged General Rommel's panzer forces at Kasserine Pass, where Germany first deployed the terrifying screaming meemies, yoked mortar shells whose arrival was heralded by the sound of many women sobbing.  After several days of pitched battle, in which 6000 American troops were lost, the Allies drove the Desert Fox into retreat and set the stage for victory in North Africa      Scouting the treacherous terrain of the Atlas Mountains on an Indian motorcycle, Bob struck a mine and was thrown into a tree, suffering a severe shoulder injury.  Declared unfit for combat, Bob was reassigned to construction at the Cazes Airbase in Casablanca.  Later, Bob joined the Allied forces in the occupation of Italy.      Honorably discharged in 1945, Bob put his recent heavy equipment experience to good use by becoming a sales trainee for Mack Trucks in Long Island City.  He married Peg, who stood by his side for 62 years, and transferred to positions of increasing responsibility in Connecticut, where they had three children, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland, where Bob was promoted to Vice President, Great Lakes Region.       In 1968, Bob purchased a White and Freightliner truck dealership in Orlando, acquiring Volvo, Mercedes and Mitsubishi and renaming it Remco Truck Sales.  Bob grew this business, as Central Florida grew, for the next 20 years until he retired.  Living in Altamonte Springs, Bob was an active member of the Sweetwater Country Club and always one of the regulars of the Spring Valley tennis group.  By retirement, Bob and Peg had moved to Sugar Mill in New Smyrna Beach, where they enjoyed golfing at the Sugar Mill Country Club and traveling to five continents, including a return in 1996 to Casablanca, where they landed at the Anfa Airport, which occupies the site that Bob had helped develop.      Bob fought the good fight against the implacable foes of time and disease, remaining, with Peg's heroic efforts, in their home in Sugar Mill until only a few days before his death.  Finishing the race, Bob displayed the fortitude and quiet dignity with which he lived his entire life.      Bob is survived by Peg, his children, Bob of Tallahassee, Ken of Clearwater, and Vikki of Brookings, Oregon, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild.  All who have known Bob stand in mute honor of a man who advanced the causes of freedom, business, and self-determination and lived the good life while doing so.  On this Memorial Day, we mourn the passing of this valiant warrior of the Greatest Generation.        In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler.      Private Family services will be held

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  1. 23 Jun 2010
    Nicholas John Meale says:
    I will always remember listening to grandpa's stories. Garndpa to me is the definition of class. After hearing his stories, I know that I have always had it easy. The reason my life has been easy is because his life was hard, and he fought for me and all Americans when he barely knew what America was. But his valor didn't end when his service did. He raised my father, my aunt Vicki, and Uncle Ken, and was a stong and devoted husband to my Grammy. His character, and the character he passed on to my father have showed me what it is to be a great human being. I owe everything to him. I love you Grammy. I will always keep you two, and the whole family in my heart

  2. 09 Jun 2010
    Patricia Goudeau says:
    I had the great pleasure of meeting Bob, Peg and family about 10 years ago in Nashville. Bob and Peg were celebrating their Anniversary. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I got to spend with them. Bob was a man of great honor and integrity. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. May the coming days bring you comfort and peace.

  3. 02 Jun 2010
    Peggie Meale says:
    At this sad time of our loss, your loving comments have been a great source of comfort to our family.
    Love,
    Peggie Meale & Family

  4. 02 Jun 2010
    Timothy M. Burns says:
    Angel and I extend our sympathys to Aunt Peggy, Robert, Ken, Vicki, and all those who knew and loved Uncle Bob. My Uncle Bob was many things to many people, but he was one thing to us all; an American Hero. The very freedom and liberties we enjoy each day are directly attributed to Uncle Bob and the brave souls who served along side him. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. God bless you.
    Tim Burns

  5. 01 Jun 2010
    Maureen J Burns says:
    My 2 strongest memories of Uncle Bob are of a man of such confidence that he never had the need to make himself the center of attention and of a man who loved his wife with respect and complete devotion. Thank you Uncle Bob for that amazing example. My deepest sympathies to Aunt Peggie, Rob, Ken, Vicki and all who loved him.

  6. 01 Jun 2010
    brendan m burns says:
    my memories of my uncle bob are that of love and caring of his beutiful wife aunt peggie. whenever he came to our home for holidays or we went to his he was always there for strong hug and a warm smile.my deepest sympathys go out to robert,ken and vicki. to my aunt peggy,i know you lost the love of your life, but you had many wonderful years together and you will be with him again. love you, brendan.

  7. 01 Jun 2010
    Nancy Hess says:
    Peggie, I feel so blessed to have known your special man, even though it was for such a short period of time. Just know that you are loved and have so many friends and family who are there to support you during this difficult time. You are in my prayers.

    Much love,
    Nancy

  8. 01 Jun 2010
    Connie LLoyd says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you-dear Peggy- and your family. I was honored to have known your wonderful Bob.

  9. 31 May 2010
    Kristin Meale says:
    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of my grandpa. From all the wonderful words that I have read, I have no doubt he was a great man. My only wish is that I could have gotten to know him better. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I love you Grandpa.

  10. 31 May 2010
    Diane Lansverk says:
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  11. 31 May 2010
    Gena Bennett says:
    It was an honor to attend to Mr. Meale. He had a sharp wit and we shared many laughs during his first days with us. Your family was very 'hands on' in helping with care and it was greatly appreciated. Best wishes to you all.
    Gena Bennett CNA
    Halifax Hospice, Port Orange Care Center

  12. 31 May 2010
    Charles and Elaine Meyer says:
    Dear Peg and Family,
    We knew that Bob was an extrodinary man and now we are certain that he was what he portrayed! We will miss him but have very fond memories of the nine holers in the early days.He was such a pleasure to be with along with his Peggy! May God bless you all with courage to face Bob's passing and may He welcome our dear friend into His paradise. With sincere sympathy and love,
    Elaine and Charlie



  13. 31 May 2010
    Tim and Joyce Dunn says:
    A heck of a guy. I talked to him just few weeks ago after
    checking back on an old friend. He said, "I love you guys>'...It brings tears to the eyes. Defintely one of the best. Go with God! Our love for Peggy.
    All Love Tim and Joyce

  14. 31 May 2010
    Robert E. Meale, II says:
    I shall always remember dad as an example of strength, integrity, and good judgment. A good father, a loving husband, and a man of character. Thanks for the memories. I love and miss you.

  15. 30 May 2010
    Jim & Sandy Mulvey says:
    Peggie,
    Sandy & I want to express our deepest sympathy on Bob's passing. We hope that you grow stronger in the days ahead and if there is anything we can do to help you - please call us.
    Jim & Sandy

  16. 29 May 2010
    Helen Schilling says:
    Remembering Bob causes me to smile. We had many memorable times with the two of you, Peg. Weekends at the beach and our trip to Sturbridge were special. Bob was a man who possessed gentle strength. I think of him fondly and know my life is richer because I could call him friend. I love you, Peggy. I will continue to carry you in my heart and prayers.

  17. 29 May 2010
    Sandy Osteen says:
    Bob will be dearly missed. I still remember him letting me play doubles in tennis with the men in Spring Valley, and teasing my dad about me not wearing shoes. I remember his smile and his laughter. I know he is in a better place, now, and am gald he is at peace, but we will miss him here.

  18. 29 May 2010
    Jenny Meale says:
    I have the fondest memories of Grandpa and of when each of us grandchildren got our "own" vacation with Grammy and Grandpa. I'm grateful for the experiences I've had with Grandpa and the great memories we made together, especially when he put that huge snake on his neck just for me. I will always love Grandpa and he will be missed.

  19. 29 May 2010
    Robert E. Meale III says:
    The love from Grandpa is as everlasting as our love for Grandpa. May the strength of our family be a reflection of the strength of the man who started it. Never-ending!!! I will always carry his name and will do my best to live up to his legacy.


  20. 29 May 2010
    Catherine says:
    What a wonderful tribute to Grandpa's life. We are remembering him with love and thinking of you, Grammy. You're in our prayers.

    Love,
    Cath

  21. 29 May 2010
    Marcia Meale says:
    Peggie,

    You and Bob will be in our hearts always.

    Love,
    Marcia

  22. 29 May 2010
    Don Nuss says:
    It was a pleasure to know Bob. I hope you take comfort that he had such a fulfilling life surrounded by a loving wife, children and friends.

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