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Robert "Bob" S. Wathke
Robert “Bob” Wathke, 59, of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away peacefully at home Saturday, December 25, 2021, surrounded by family. Born on April 16, 1962, in West Palm Beach, FL he was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth Wathke Sr. and Rosemary Wathke.
Bob was a lover of all things, especially his family. He never met a stranger he could not win over with his infectious smile and larger than life heart. He was a matchbox car enthusiast amassing a very large collection numbering in the thousands. He knew every single one owned by heart and played with them on roads he built daily. He mastered Super Mario Bros quickly and beat every opponent he ever came up against. He knew if he was the first player he was guaranteed to win because this man never failed a level and left no chance for the opponent to play. He was a seasoned traveler taking “tour trips'' across the country to see as many places as he could each summer with his parents and continued to do so with his sister Pat and best friend Tim. He loved to dance with all the “pretty girls” and always preferred to do so while listening to his favorite songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival. He became a beloved member of his sister’s lunch bunch group and always looked forward to going to The Marina Restaurant and The Christmas Store with “his girls.” Bob was many of things in his life including a fierce protector, a doctor to help bandage booboos and wipe away tears to get you back on your feet, the hardest worker you could ever find at work, in the woods or cooking dinner even if it were just pretend, the guitar player for every birthday song ever sang around him, a best friend, a giver of life changing smiles, giggles, hugs and kisses and he was an example of all things right in this world. However, most of all Bob was truly an angel walking among us and touched every single person who had the pleasure of meeting him. As there were only two holidays in Bob’s book, his birthday and Christmas you could always find an extra sparkle in his eyes of pure innocence and joy during those cherished times. His family and friends know that there was no better time for him to go be with his Ma and Pa and to dance amongst the angels in Heaven than one of his most favorite days of the year, Christmas Day.
He is survived by his beloved sister and brother-in-law, Pat and Tim Middleton of Fernandina Beach, FL; Two very special nephews, Brian Middleton of Starke, FL and Andrew Middleton of Arlington, VA; and a very special niece, Janet Middleton of Folkston, GA. Two great nieces, Abby Middleton, Allie Middleton and great nephew, Brian T. Middleton all of Folkston, GA. A brother, Kenneth Wathke Jr. A sister, Mary Trembly as well as extended nieces, nephews and many, many other special friends.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, from 5-7 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the Burgess Chapel at Oxley-Heard on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 10 a.m.
OXLEY-HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS
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I had the pleasure of meeting Bob when his sister brought him along to her appointments each month. Their love and devotion to one another was evident to all of us. I will miss his infectious smile and laughter. Ms. Pat I am very sorry for your tremendous loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Regards, Gary Langsar
My condolences in the loss of Your Family MemberPrayers and Hugs 🤗
Lorraine B King
Pati, I am so sorry for your loss of Bob. I know you and Bob were close, even more so since losing your parents. My heartfelt sympathy goes to you and Tim for I know you will miss him greatly. Love from Lorraine.
I remember every office visit he would wear that goiters shirt and that cap. He would come in so proud to show off his signatures from the ladies. He stole hearts everywhere. I can only hope that my little girl will change the people around her and the hearts just like Bob did. Thank you Angel Bob!
My Mama and me loved Bob, and Bob loved my Mama. He was a precious and special person and he will be missed 😢. I love you Bob!!!
There are too many memories to list just one. Bob was a unique person with the ability to make everyone smile with his infectious smile. I regret I didn't see him much the last few years but when I did I was always welcomed with a big smile. I will definitely miss all the post about Bob and his antics and his girls.
my bucko, i love you
Sweet Bob, this pretty girl will miss both you and your smiles. You made my world a little brighter. Merry Christmas in heaven sweet friend.
Gordon and Karen Hart
He brought his own special warmth and light to our times with him. A lovely guy.