OBITUARY

Robert L. Saum

September 19, 1942April 19, 2021
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On Monday, April 19, 2021, Robert “Bob” Saum of Ormond Beach, a loving husband, and father, passed away at the age of 78. Bob was born in 1942 in Amsterdam, NY, to William and Irene Saum. Bob served his country from 1962 to 1968 in the United States Air Force, advancing to the rank of sergeant. He received his general contractor license in 1976 and worked on commercial projects for 34 years throughout the State of Florida. He is survived by his adoring wife of 46 years, Nancy Saum, whom he affectionately called his queen, his son Rob Saum (Arlene), his devoted sister Reneé Johnson, granddaughter Julianne, and great-granddaughter Olivia. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Bettianne Goldman, and brother Roger Small.

Bob enjoyed his work and was proud of his many accomplishments. One such achievement was the successful bid he won in 1995 to renovate the grounds, upgrade the drainage system, create parking, and repaving of the tailgate areas at the Orange Bowl. He especially cherished this honor as he relished football and cheering for the Miami Hurricanes. Bob was known for mentoring his staff and treating them like family. He was a man of his word and always made himself available to lend a helping hand.

Bob loved his life. He had a fondness for the many dogs that he and Nancy adopted. Bob enjoyed traveling with his wife and socializing with people he met along the way. He was active in his Miami community and later during his retirement in Ormond Beach. Bob was a member of many social clubs and organizations, which called on members to donate both time and money to elected charities.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home at 548 North Nova Road, Ormond Beach, FL. Family and friends may gather at 11:00 am; the service begins at noon. Feel free to wear a Tommy Bahama shirt or similar style in honor of Bob. For those unable to attend, a live stream of the memorial service will be available. Contact the funeral home at 386-673-5373 for details.

Instead of flowers, send donations to the Ormond Beach Lions Club or the ASPCA.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021

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Jan Evans

May 1, 2021

Remembering a true friend and gentleman.
Thinking about all the wonderful and fun times we shared together in theUSA and the UK over so many years.
Even though there were many miles between us, we kept in touch and managed a wonderful get together in Austin 8 years ago and then lastly in Indian Springs 5 years ago which I am so grateful for.
You fought a long battle so courageously Bob and now you deserve to rest in peace.
You will be missed greatly.

Robin Rennee DeSaye

May 1, 2021

We last saw Uncle Bob in October of 2004 when we went out to see Grandpa Fox! We had a great time with Bob and Nancy. Nancy played "hall ball" with Logan for hours in their home where we stayed. We so enjoyed our visit with them!

Carla Clayton

April 30, 2021

God put Bob in my life at the right time, and I will always be eternally grateful. Bob was like a father to me for the last thirty-three years. He and Nancy always made sure I was well. He helped me in so many ways that only a parent with love can do. Bob, my heart breaks for your departure to heaven, but I know you are not suffering anymore. Until I see you again, you will always be in my heart. Thank you for being you and for all you did for me! Love you always, Carlita

Cindy Marriott

April 30, 2021

Bob, we will miss you! We first met in Ormond Beach at what was then Alexander's (now FIG). It started as lunch with Dorian and ended with dinner as the crowd expanded. It was so much fun. Over the years Frank and I enjoyed your friendship, hospitality, laughter and fun. Everyone knew how much you loved Nancy and looked out for her. You've fought the good fight and now you can rest in peace. Thank you also for your service in Vietnam. A fine man, a patriot and a friend.

Nigel Travis

April 29, 2021


It was just over 32 years ago that I first met Bob & Nancy. My family was moving to Miami as I was taking a position at Burger King and Nancy was my realtor. Two weeks later the Super Bowl of 1989 was being held in Miami and there was no hotel availability anywhere in the area. So, for the first time I met Bob and the two of them very generously offered for me to stay the night with them. That started a great and deep friendship with Bob that has lasted until his sad passing last week.

My memories are many, but they started virtually from that first week when I had the first experience of a road trip down the Keys late on a Saturday afternoon with a “roadie” as company for the trip. Throughout my nearly three years living in South Florida, Bob & Nancy were a constant and they attended many of the same events that we did either for charity or for fun. We had some great times while I lived there, and Bob became my regular tennis partner on a Sunday morning at Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables. The standard of tennis wasn’t great, but we sorted out life’s issues in between games and our Sunday sessions were backed up with a regular Friday night drink at a bar called, I think, the Taurus in Coconut Grove. What I do remember, it had a horseshoe that you had to swing to get over a nail.

Great times and after I returned to England in 1991, the friendship continued.

While I lived in Florida, Bob educated me on the ins and outs of college football and increased my knowledge of the NFL. It was terrific when I had the opportunity to return the favor as we all went on a trip together to Antigua to watch England play the West Indies in cricket. I remember fondly for two days commentating on every ball that was bowled and explaining to Bob the ends and outs of what is an intricate game.

In June 1994, I moved to Blockbuster which was still based in South Florida at that time, and I flew over to Miami to do my work training. One night, I stayed with Bob & Nancy and

Dorian Burt

April 29, 2021

University Club- early 1980's. The beginning of a wonderful friendship.

Mimi and Robert Gettman

April 29, 2021

We enjoyed our many fun dinners together at the Club and other restaurants. ...a good time was had by all!!. We know these last couple of years were difficult for you due to your health issues but you fought the good fight and never gave up and are now out of pain and at rest and in peace.

Dorian Burt

April 29, 2021

From tonka trucks for baby Colby to all these years later my greatest memories will be of Bob's limitless generosity and most of all how much he adored Nancy. Such a good life - rest peacefully. Dorian

Don Shafer

April 28, 2021

As one of Nancy Saum’s brothers I had the good fortune to be Bob’s brother-in-law for lo these many years. Bob was always a great husband to Nancy. They had lots of fun adventures & really enjoyed their lives together. He was a good provider who saw to all her needs. She never lacked for anything. He loved her greatly. He also showed great patience & took great care of all of Nancy’s rather interesting & charming dogs.
I also appreciated how much love & care he gave to my aging parents in their declining years. No son-in - law could have done more than he did for them.
I enjoyed the times I spent with Bob. Whether talking football or politics or just goofing off Bob was fun. He was a friend to me as well & will be missed

Allen Delamater

April 27, 2021

I am so lucky to call myself Bobs friend.
Bob treated me like a brother. He never had a bad word to say about anything. He was such a great friend. We talked for hours on his back porch . He told me about his family and his business. I met many of his friends . I felt like we were always friends. He was a big help to me and my family. We all loved him .
I wish I could have met him earlier in his life . I will never forget Bob Saum . He was one amazing man .

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High School Graduation

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Bob at 3 months

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Bob in Miami in 1989

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Walking the dogs in Miami.

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Europe

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Flying

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The Saum's and the Millen's