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Tom and Gerry Clare
Bob Sperry was a fascinating Renaissance man, a man of many talents and a dear friend with his wife, Carolyn. We traveled together, partied together and enjoyed our journeys from Amelia Island to anywhere for many years. He will not be forgotten.
Joe and Joan Blanchard
When I purchased my sailboat, it was in St Petersburg. I needed a crew and contacted the local Coast Guard Auxiliary. Bob Sperry volunteered to help me bring the boat around Florida and to Amelia Island. That was how I met Bob. He was such a humble and patient man. Bob Sperry joined us on our sailboat many times cruising to and thru the Bahamas. He took it upon himself to teach my wife all about sailing. He was a true professional and had the patience of Jobe. My wife was finally able to learn how to handle the boat. When he had his last stroke, it was impossible for me to handle the change from such a great man.
Robert Vincent Sperry
Robert Vincent Sperry (Bob) was born February 16,1927 to Father Robert Enoch Sperry, a 2nd generation coal miner and Mother Ruth Clema Cockerham in McComas, West Virginia.
He graduated high school in 1945. He was in the Army Airforce from 1944 to 1947 as Rank Corporal. He was qualified as a two-Engine Pilot, Sharpshooter and Marksman. After his service in WWII, he graduated from University of West Virginia with a Bachelors in Math and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering. Bob worked his entire career at Bell Labs from 1951-1987.
Bob’s notable accomplishments include having worked on the TelStar project (the first communications satellite) as well as NASA’s Apollo Project. He was an avid pilot, having built his own J-3 Piper Cub. He eventually transitioned to sailing, upon retirement went Cruising with his wife for 11 years on their boat a CSY 37 ‘Duet’. He was a man of many talents. An accomplished woodcraftsman, diesel mechanic, taught navigation for the Coast Guard Auxiliary as well as a Docent for the local Historical Society and Museum. Most importantly he was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his sister Betty Watkins (Glen) and Grandsons- Robert and Vincent Sperry.
He leaves behind his wife Carolyn Sperry, Children R. Karl Sperry (Pat), Steven Sperry (Noriko), Lisa Sperry-Peabody (Mathew), Robert Duprey (Kathy), Douglas Duprey (Laura); Nephew Mark Watkins (Julie) Grandchildren: Andrew Sperry, Kaoru Sperry-McCollough, Robert Duprey, Karla Peabody-Baker, Michell Duprey-Ploegert, Alexandra Duprey, Steven Peabody Douglas Duprey, Hannah Duprey and 5 great grandchildren.
A memorial Service will be held at a later date. The Family would like to especially thank all the Caregivers that have taken such loving care of ‘Mr. Bob’ for the last 7 years.
In Lieu of flowers a donation to Community Hospice would be appreciated.
OXLEY-HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS