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Robert Speer
  • August 27, 1924
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  • January 13, 2020

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Robert Maurice Speer, 95, died after a short illness, January 13, 2020 in Daytona Beach, FL. He was born, August 27, 1924, in Round Hill, VA, the son of Dorothy Lee Mansfield Speer and Thomas Spencer Speer. Despite holding many jobs due to the great depression, Bob graduated as salutatorian of his high school class. He served as a hospital corpsman US Naval 21st Marines Third Marine Division on Guam during WW II. After his honorable discharge, he attended Hobart College and the University of Rochester where he received a BS in Accounting in 1949. He went on to obtain a MA in Economics from The University of Rochester in 1956.

Bob married Mary Louise Merkel on June 21, 1947 at Colgate Rochester Divinity School. They made their home in Irondequoit, NY where they raised their three sons. Bob and Mary were married for 48 years until her death in 1995. They enjoyed square dancing and spending time traveling with their family.

Bob worked as an accounting manager at the Rochester Telephone Company for 21 years. During the 1970’s he owned a campground and marina in Lyndonville, New York. He also had his own independent licensed public accounting firm from 1961 – 2012.

He was a lifetime member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, active in the United Flying Octogenarians, having received his private pilot’s license at age 56, and in recent years enjoyed the fellowship and activities at VFW Post 3282 Port Orange, FL. He was a friend of Cross Creek Community Church in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Bob was a warm and hospitable man with an infectious smile and a positive outlook on life. Friends and family will remember him for his quick wit and his great sense of humor. He was truly one of a kind!

He is survived by his three sons, Charles (Susan) of Webster, NY, James (Lin) of Marina del Rey, CA and John (Margie) of Newark, DE and five grandchildren: Loraine, Veronica, Kevin, Sarah and Qin (Hongda); and one great-grandchild, Olivia, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial for Bob’s life will be held at a later date.


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  1. 28 Jan 2020
    Jacobs employees lit a candle:
    Lit since January 28, 2020 at 1:24:55 PM

  2. 22 Jan 2020
    LORI & BOB lit a candle:
    Lit since January 22, 2020 at 1:06:25 AM

  3. 22 Jan 2020
    LORI & BOB says:
    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. My husband, Bob, and I met him through my Aunt Anne Perozzi several years ago in Rochester, NY. Your Dad was the kind of special person that could socialize w/ you right away. We had so much fun on several dinner get togethers and during a beautiful sunny day at our home in Elma, NY. We ventured out to the notorious Ziggy & Zons 5&10 cent store in East Aurora, NY, and just ventured back into our childhoods w/ all the toys, and merchandise of yesteryear ! It was a day to remember ! We were so happy to see the many pictures taken at his Special 95th Birthday party. We were invited, but my husband had a navel hernia repair and I had a wrap on my right knee for a torn muscle. And yet, your Dad's smile shown through the celebration pictures w/ virtual reality ! My Dad passed away when he was only 62 yrs. You were SO blessed to have such a motivated, active, vivacious Dad for so many wonderful years. He was truly a treasure. We pray for you and your lovely family.

  4. 21 Jan 2020
    Mary Baxter says:
    Such a sweet precious vivacious man! He came to my mother's 89th birthday party in Chattanooga, TN. They were life-long friends, as my mom, Shirley Ludwig introduced Bob to his wife Mary. I always enjoyed his energy and his wonderful outlook on life! I will miss him and am so sorry that I was not able to celebrate his last birthday party!

  5. 21 Jan 2020
    Mark Wilson says:
    So Sorry, Bob was a good friend,We flew together many times back when he belonged to Rochester Flying Club. I lost track of him a few years ago but found him again in Florida. He loved his boys,and their family and I knew he was very proud of them..
    He will be missed

  6. 21 Jan 2020
    Olivia Jin lit a candle:
    Lit since January 21, 2020 at 1:28:51 AM

  7. 20 Jan 2020
    Julie Hunter & Anita Hinkel says:
    I will miss just knowing Bob is a phone call away. We met him in Peru in May 2015, along with John. Bob said seeing Stone Mountain was on his bucket list so we asked him to come and visit us in Atlanta. We took him to Stone Mountain and showed him around town for a few days, having a wonderful time the entire visit. He was the most positive, upbeat and happy person we have ever met. So glad we were able to attend his 95th birthday party to help him celebrate. Lucky us!

    We will never forget you, Bob! See you when we get to heaven and we can talk forever.

  8. 20 Jan 2020
    Linda Myers lit a candle:
    Lit since January 20, 2020 at 1:20:13 PM

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