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Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home & Flagler Memorial Gardens

511 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach, FL

OBITUARY

Robert "Bobby D" DeMarco

June 17, 1944November 27, 2019
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Robert “Bobby D” DeMarco 75, of Ormond Beach passed away on November 27, 2019 at Advent Health Palm Coast. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Adolph Joseph and Louise Theresa DeMarco (Morelli). He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy from North Carolina State where he played football. Bob was a Quarter Century PGA golf professional, lifetime member. Bob retired from the Links Golf Club in Marlton, New Jersey. In 2003 he and his wife moved to the Ormond Beach area. Bob’s passion in life was the game of golf. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. Robert was preceded in death by his brother, David DeMarco. Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Evelyn “Jan”; son, Bryan DeMarco; brother, Richard DeMarco and many more loving relatives and friends. Donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army. A memorial service will be celebrate on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 12:00PM at the chapel of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home. Friends may gather beginning 11:00AM until time of the service.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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Robert "Bobby D" DeMarco

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David Zapp

December 9, 2019

Bob was one heckuva guy. He was generous. He was funny. He was insightful. He will be missed. To the family and especially Jan, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope the pain passes quickly but the memories remain.

Bryan DeMarco

December 2, 2019

The DeMarco boys...My cousins Steve, David, Uncle Rich holding Brooks, cousin Rich, Dad, and myself...

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Bryan DeMarco
Head PGA Professional
Pine Barrens

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Biography

Robert A DeMarco, best known as “Bobby D” was the love of my life for over 30 years.

Bob grew up in the Philadelphia area, being the oldest of bothers Richard & Dave. His Father, Adolph, served in the Navy & his Mother, Louise was a wonderful Italian cook.

Bob played football at Bohner High School & upon graduating was recruited to play football for North Carolina State, Wolfpack. Bob also played on NC State’s golf team.

After graduating from NC State with a degree in Agronomy, Bob ventured out to play on the PGA tour.

In 1976, Bob became a PGA Golf Professional & went to work at the Spring Haven Golf Club in PA. Bob was a Quarter Century Lifetime PGA Professional.

Bob got his first Head Golf Professional job at Reading Golf & Country Club, in PA. Bob spent the next 17 years at Reading Golf & Country Club developing his teaching & Head Golf Professional skills. Reading GCC was full of exceptional players, including Betsy King.

During the winter months, Bob worked in Bermuda, helping to develop Bermuda’s new golf professionals and playing in Bermuda’s golf tournaments.

Bob won the Bermuda Open three times. He also won the Lobster Pot Open several times.

Bob’s work in Bermuda developed into life long friendships. During the summer months his Bermudian friends would visit Bob at Reading Golf & Country Club. Of course, many challenge matches ensued between Reading CC players vs the Bermuda players. What fun they had.

Mid Ocean Golf Club in Bermuda was one of Bob’s favorite golf courses. I had the opportunity to play with Bob & Bob’s long time caddy at Mid Ocean. It is a day I will always remember, watching Bob shoot one over par & to see the joy he had to do it once again.

During Bob’s time at Reading GCC, he developed his passion for teaching the game of golf. Bob has written several articles for Golf digest & developed is own teaching programs. Bob was a particularly good short game player. His understanding of wedge play developed into custom grinding wedges to obtain the best desired individual player performance. Bob played with the same Ping putter, sinking puts from anywhere on a green, for his entire golfing life.

During this time, Bob’s greatest joy & love was born, his “little buddy” son Bryan. Bryan was frequently by Bob’s side at the golf course, becoming known as Bob’s “little golf pro”. Bryan is now the Head PGA Golf Professional at Pine Barrens Golf Club in NJ. It’s that apple & the tree thing.

Bob was also known for his calligraphy & he was often sought out to do Scoreboards for the Philadelphia Golf Association, the New Jersey Golf Association, The Players Championship at Belfair CC & the USGA. Bob did the scoreboard for the Women’s US Open qualifier at the Atlantic City Country Club, among many others. Even after retiring, Bob did Scoreboards for local USGA Florida qualifying events & the Florida Junior Girls Golf Championship.


After leaving Reading GCC, Bob went to work as a teaching professional at Atlantic City Golf & Country Club.

Bob then became the Head Golf Professional at The Links Golf Club in Marlton NJ. Bob & the owner of The Links, Mary Louise DeSimone, partnered up to renovate the then run down golf course. Together they turned The Links into a thing of beauty. Bob’s artful eye for golf course design emerged. The Links was a relatively short & tight golf course which demanded accuracy off the tee box. Bob developed the greenside areas with pot bunkers & a pampas grass laden green side bunker scheme. The Links developed into a challenging & fun golf course.

Ben Hogan was Bob’s favorite Professional golfer. Bob was a Hogan Staff player and won the Ben Hogan Club Pro golf Tournament. You will see a picture of Bob being presented with the winning trophy by Ben Hogan. Bob was fortunate to have had many discussions with Ben Hogan regarding teaching & golf club designs.

During Bob’s time at the Links he won the Philadelphia Section’s Merchandiser of the Year Award.

Bob was a great golf instructor who always had time for the members, which is how I met Bob, taking golf lessons from him.

After the owner of the Links & his close friend Mary Louise passed away, the Links was sold & Bob and I retired to Florida.

Once in Florida Bob became interested in motorcycles. Bob converted a 2004 Fatboy into a Trike, known as Crazy Horse. Bob along with his friends at Harley Davidson made that Trike into a very powerful machine. Thanks to Jim white, we had the opportunity to take Crazy Horse to Sturgis for the annual bike rally. Many fun days were had with Bob & his Trike.

Jim White also helped Bob refurbish a 1930 Chevy Coup. Bob was always very grateful for Jim.

We also are very thankful to Ira & Lori Putnam for the fantastic trip to the British Open at Carnoustie.

We made several trips with our dear friends John & Sandy Ekberg to Biloxi. We had so much fun every time we reminisce about them we have a belly laugh. John was very special to Bob.

We are very grateful to all our friends in Plantation Bay.

Bob’s passions in life always came from his heart and done with perfection. No matter his interest at the time he pursued each one of them with love & devotion. I will carry Bobby D’s love for me in my heart forever.