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Stacy (Johnson) Dobscha
Bob and his wife were very kind to me and gave me support and advice during my tenure as county commissioner. He made an impact on me and leaves a legacy behind in the community. Hugs and prayers to the family and all who knew and loved him.
Bob was a long-time friend and mentor when I served as Executive Director of the Nassau County Economic Development Board. His knowledge of the community and of its political leaders was invaluable to me as I worked on the team that built a long-term plan for Nassau County’s economic development. My thoughts and prayers are with Linda and their family. RIP Bob Spaeth.
Bob spent so much of his retirement time working to make Amelia Island and Nassau County a better place to live and work. I was fortunate to work with him on some of these efforts. He never sought recognition always more than happy for others to be in the spotlight. Even so he was always the source of wise leadership to which others were willing to listen. He was a blessing to our community.
Robert W. Spaeth
Robert Wallace Spaeth died reluctantly on June 4th at Osprey Village, Amelia Island, Florida. He was born on February 2, 1934, in New York City.
Bob was a graduate of the Lawrenceville School and Williams College and attended the Advance Management Program at Harvard University.
Bob is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda Asay Spaeth and his children: Kevin J. (Stefanie) Spaeth of Dallas, Texas; Allyson (Didier) Spaeth Maciocia of Lyon, France; and Robert I. (Amy) Spaeth of Greenwich, Connecticut where Bob and his family lived for many years. He was a proud grandfather of five: Nicolas, Alix and Julia Maciocia of Paris, France; Molly Spaeth of Greenwich, CT and Dana Spaeth of Dallas, TX.
Bob’s long career in business management followed his Navy service as a Lt. J.G.
Linda and Bob discovered the unspoiled nature-oriented life on Amelia Island long ago and the island community has remained an important part of the family’s life. Bob served the community and the county as an original Director of the Boys and Girls Club, an initiator of the County’s Economic Development Board and long service on the Northeast Florida Regional Council. He was president of the Amelia Island Club and proud of his role in the growth and development of that club.
Tennis remained an important part of his life and he is remembered by his many friends from that community: “Bob was a gracious gentleman in any setting. He was competitive with a subtle bag of tricks”, “Bob was truly an icon of the Plantation community and a respected leader on the broader Nassau County scene” and “his tennis game was unorthodox but effective, and there was never a better competitor”.
A family celebration of Bob’s life will be held later in the summer.