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Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home

577 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL

OBITUARY

Robert S. Walker, Sr.

December 25, 1932September 24, 2019

Robert “Bob” Walker, Sr., 86, died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on September 24, 2019. Bob was born in Skowhegan, Maine, graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy, served as a U.S. Merchant Marine and was a U. S. Navy veteran. Bob then worked at Bethlehem Steel in Massachusetts which is where he met his wife Barbara. In 1978, Bob founded Marine Hydraulics International, Inc. (MHI) in Chesapeake, Virginia, which he later sold to his employees as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). He also founded Ocean Marine Yacht Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. He and his family lived in many states, from Maine to Florida, as well as Puerto Rico. Throughout his successful career, Bob was hired as an expert witness in several maritime incident court cases and served as a mentor to countless young entrepreneurs. A 1953 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, he was later appointed by the Governor to serve on the MMA Board of Trustees. Following his retirement from MHI, Bob and Barbara moved to Marco Island, FL. He was a proud patriot who loved boating, automobiles, crossword puzzles, and watching NASCAR and football. Bob was a humble man with impeccable principles, who positively impacted the lives of everyone who was lucky enough to know him.

Bob is predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Florence; his siblings, Ruth, Mona, Deane and Les; his grandson, Forrest. Left to cherish his memory and continue his legacy are his wife of 58 years, Barbara; his children, Bob Jr., Mike and wife Shawn, Robin and husband Bob, Deane and husband Chris; his grandchildren, Brett and wife Austin, Morgan, Kyle, Allison and Reagan; his great-grandchildren, Jack and Webb.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Virginia Beach, Virginia at a later date. Friends and loved ones are encouraged to contact Mike, Robin, or Deane for details. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to “The Robert S. Walker Regimental Scholarship Fund” at Maine Maritime Academy, One Pleasant Street, Castine, ME 04420.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date

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Sandra Filer

October 1, 2019

We will never forget the fabulous beach parties he so graciously hosted. Made each and every one of us feel like family. The world lost a wonderful man of great character and personality. We were honored to know him and will truly miss him. God Bless until we meet again.

Mike Walker

September 30, 2019

Shawn Walker

September 30, 2019

I met this amazing man in 1985 when I started working for MHI. Little did I know at the time that he would become my father-in-law in 1989. It’s one thing to marry into a family, but to be accepted with open arms and truly loved by that entire family is a blessing! Being able to call him Dad for over 30 years was an honor. There are so many wonderful memories, from Duck, NC bon fires, to boat rides on The Lady Barbara, Yankee Swaps, laughter with the grandchildren and quiet talks about his amazing life where I always heard new stories and accomplishments from his past. There is no doubt that I will think of dad every day for the rest of my life because I was the lucky girl that got to marry his son, Mike; therefore I will have mom, Deane and Robin by my side always and FORRever! Thank you, Dad, for the love and respect you gave me over the years. You will be missed beyond words!

Gary Albertson

September 30, 2019

I got to know Bob in 1993 when I became one of his employes at MHI. Bob was a great boss, a good friend and a great person, he always looked at the people that worked for him as family. He will be truly missed. RIP BOB.

Richard Oook

September 30, 2019

One of the nicest, kindest person we have ever met. His love for Barbara, His family and friends was always evident. R.I.P. Bob.

Deane Kiley

September 29, 2019

I don't have anything profoundly deep to say. He was an amazing dad and I miss him.

John Brundo

September 28, 2019

The world has lost a beloved humanitarian named Robert Walker.
All of us who knew and loved him will
Never forgert his kindness & ca ring for all.

Jim Herndon.h

September 28, 2019

I met Bob in the 80’s and worked for Him at MHI as President there till the early 1990’s. He was indeed a gentlemen of high character and a recognized professional. He was also a very caring person. He was of tremendous support for me in 1988 when I went thru the loss of my first wife in her battle with cancer. “ May God bless and receive him.” May the family be blessed in this time of sorrow.

Robin Rodgers

September 27, 2019

Elwyn and Judith Rittall

September 27, 2019

Many fond memories that we shared with Bob and family.

FROM THE FAMILY