In loving memory of
Robert F. "Bob" Hooker
  • August 23, 1946
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  • May 31, 2011

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Bob Hooker was born and raised in Orlando. After attending high school at Edgewater High he then went off to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University for a year before joining the Air Force. Bob then dedicated four years to serving his country in Vietnam as an airplane mechanic. After completing his military duty he went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree at UCF formerly Florida Technical University. Some years later Bob married Marti a single mother of two. He quickly made an impact on his young daughters lives and was never thought of as a stepfather, simply Dad. As a father Bob taught his daughters and grandchildren how to be empathetic to others needs, how to be supportive and how to love. He was truly one of the most generous men you could ever hope to meet, a blessed soul, who was loved by all that he knew. As a friend there was nothing Bob wouldn’t do for you. Bob treasured his friendships so much and we all treasured that contagious laugh. He touched so many lives and will  truly be missed by everyone that knew and loved him. We will all mourn the loss of such a great man. It is now time to celebrate his life and pass on his memory through love. Join us in honoring Bob’s life by helping someone today, go out of your way to give a hug or helping hand, for it’s what he would do. We will miss you!

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  1. 26 Jun 2012
    Linda Bernie says:
    Hard to believe it is over a year; we still think of you Bob, often. A treasured friendship is never forgotten. Cheers to a wonderful friend.

  2. 20 Jul 2011
    Linda (Bryant) Richard says:
    Marti and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He had the most wonderful laugh, sense of humor, and deeply caring heart. You were both blessed to find each other and your girls were blessed to have him influence their lives. There were many happy times and I know you have abundant memories of your years with Bob. You were very good for him. I remember you both fondly, and Charlie was always fond of you both as well. May God bless you all as you journey on without him at your side, but always in your hearts. Linda (Bryant) Richard

  3. 13 Jul 2011
    Beckie Friedel says:
    Marti, My heart goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. I know he was not only a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather -- he was a wonderful friend to you. Be strong and know that he is still watching over all of you.
    Love you,
    Beckie

  4. 16 Jun 2011
    Lawrie Platt Hall says:
    Marti: I wish I had known Bob, what a loving spirit he had! And he lives on in your heart and so many others'. Lawrie

  5. 15 Jun 2011
    Lilibeth Miranda says:
    Marti, I feel your pain and I offer you my sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers as you weather this storm. May you find comfort in the good memories you have shared with Bob. From what I have read, he was a great man who will be missed by a lot of people.

  6. 15 Jun 2011
    Dee Dee Kaese says:
    Dearest Marti, all of us at Foley & Lardner are shocked to hear of Bob's passing. At least he is finally at peace and in a much better place. You all now have a new "Guardian Angel" watching closely over you. God bless you and your family always.

  7. 15 Jun 2011
    Judy Henning says:
    Marti - I AM SO SORRY. I can tell from the pictures that Bob was a "wonderful" man and he will be missed beyond words. My prayers are with you. Judy

  8. 15 Jun 2011
    Cynthia McGee says:
    Marti - I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. I will keep you in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do.

  9. 11 Jun 2011
    Dian Genusa/Lawry says:
    Marti and girls, So very sorry . Bob,I never called him Bob, he was always Hooker to our group of friends. I had not seen him in a while, but we always stayed in touch in e-mails. I will truley miss him and his wonderful sence of humor. The last few times I talked to him on the phone, he sounded very weak and tired, however, always positive. He could raise my spirts no matter how bad I thought things were. Never negative regarding any thing, and aways found the good in any one or any situation. Just an all around great friend for the last 30 yrs.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  10. 10 Jun 2011
    Pat F. says:
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one.

    It is times like these that we need encouragement from loved ones and friends. The Bible has also proved a source of encouragement to many during these times as well. The Bible at 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 tells that God is the Father of tender mercies and that he comforts us in all our tribulations. He does this by means of his word. One such example can be found at Acts 24:15 where it speaks of the resurrection of the dead. This means that you as family have the hope of seeing your dear one again. Also Isaiah 33:24 tells us that one day no person will get sick, so that means when you see your loved one again he will be healthy. Revelation 21:4 tells us that the day when persons cry for the loss of loved ones is soon to be over because it speaks of death being done away.

    I hope that these thoughts from the Bible will prove to be a source of encouragement to all of the family.

  11. 08 Jun 2011
    Pat Bootj says:
    Dear Marti: I was so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. He was such a nice man and I know he will be deeply missed by everyone that he touched. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  36. 07 Jun 2011
    Chris Vaught says:
    Marti, I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband. I am thinking about you.

    Chris

  37. 05 Jun 2011
    Nora & Chet Tweedy says:
    Dearest Marti, our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this very sorrowful time. We will keep you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers at this most difficult of times. Love, Nora & Chet

  38. 05 Jun 2011
    Mary & Rengy Verghese says:
    Bob will always be remembered. He always had a kind word to say and alwyays lit up the room with his smile and words of laughter. We send our condolences. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  39. 03 Jun 2011
    Sherry & Bill Decker says:
    Marti,
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Bob was a wonderful person and a great neighbor for so many years. He will be missed by so many friends and loved ones. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything you need please do not hesitate to call on us.

  40. 03 Jun 2011
    Bob & Carol Helmbold says:
    Marti and family, our thoughts are with you. As a competitor, team mate and mostly as a good friend for nearly 40 years, Bob will be missed. Always willing to help, one of the good guys in the world.

    He will live on in our memories and they will be fond ones.

    Bob & Carol Helmbold

  41. 03 Jun 2011
    Allison D'Anna says:
    Bob was such a gentle kind soul with a bright smile and warm heart. ... Now all of the wonderful memories of him will liveonly in my heart. Thank you, Bob for all the joy you spread to everyone around you. You're presence will be greatly missed.

  42. 03 Jun 2011
    ashley ruby patrick says:
    Bob, A wonderful person, dad, grandfather and friend to all! you have brought so much joy into so many lives and will always be remembered for your tremendous heart! I will never forget always being greeted with "Hi Honey"! I can it hear now! I will miss the many laughs you provided on Christmas Eve in your bright red blazer and all the love and support you gave my family during our trying times last year. Now it's our turn!!! I know you are in such a wonderful place now but you will be forever missed. It's your turn to finally and literally "take a breather"... All our love and prayers to your family and our forever friends! We will always cherish the memories you have given us through the years! much love Bob!

  43. 02 Jun 2011
    Edd Turkow says:
    We've known each other for many years, and I know how happy you were with Bob. He added a lot of stability to your home with his smile and loving concern. We will cherish the moments that we spent with both of you and hope that we have many more years to have you and your family in our lives.

  44. 02 Jun 2011
    Sylvia says:
    Marti and family, I will miss "Mr. Bob". He was a great friend and I could always count on him to brighten my spirits with the time he took to send me such great emails. He will always be a presence in my life and I believe he will be a guiding hand to all his friends who miss him deeply. He will be in my prayers eternally.

  45. 02 Jun 2011
    Beverly and Ted Janowski says:
    What a wonderful tribute and picture of Bob. I remember the days of your courtship and marriage well. I am so glad that we shared so many parties together. The two of you were a great match and always so much fun. God bless you and yours. Love, Beverly

  46. 02 Jun 2011
    Bob & Carolyn Acor says:
    Marti - We send you and your family, condolences in the passing of Bob. I have
    known him since the 70's and could not think of an unpleasant thing to say
    about him. We were bowling buds and roommates at one time. He was a
    great guy. Carolyn and I moved away from Orlando and I lost contact with him.
    Saw him at several bowling tournaments, but that was it. We spoke, but he
    never mentioned a health issue. That's Bob. I'll miss seeing him every time I
    enter a bowling lane building, but will never forget him or the memories that
    surrounded our friendship. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

    Bob & Carolyn

  47. 02 Jun 2011
    Steve Manos says:
    Marti,

    Our deepest sympathy. We will miss him very much. I am sorry I just found out and wanted to pay my respects. Bob was a happy soul and always fun to be around. The emails he would send always made me laugh. If there is anything we can do please don't hesitate to call.

    Love,
    Steve & Dianna Manos

  48. 02 Jun 2011
    Deidra Chisholm says:
    Marti, may you and your family find comfort in remembering, cherishing and celebrating the life that your husband lead. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Deidra

  49. 02 Jun 2011
    Walter Franklin says:
    Although our acquaintance spanned only a few short years while representing Cellarbration Marketing, it took no time at all to recognize Bob's quiet dignity, his genuine consideration for others, his depth of knowledge, and his willingness to share.

    Bob's friendship was a great gift. As our paths took us in different directions, I was frequently reminded of his presences in my life through the email messages that always brightened my day.

    In a very small way Marti, I share your loss. The memory of his spirit and energy will remain with me always. May you find comfort in the knowledge that Bob no longer suffers. May fond memories give you strength. May the loving arms of family and friends give you peace in this time of sorrow.

    Sincerely,

    Walter

  50. 02 Jun 2011
    Joe Tolley says:
    Marti, while it has been some time since I've had any contact with Bob, I am sorry to read of his passing. Bob was always a respected gentleman and co-worker and I shall keep you and your family in my prayers.

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