Robert G. Batchelor 'Bob','Buddy'|
Robert Gordon Batchelor, "Bob", known to his family as "Buddy", 51, of Brevard County, FL, born in Prince George County, MD, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014. He is the beloved father of Christopher Batchelor, son of Elizabeth Batchelor, brother of Lyn Smetana Lindeman, Debbie Jansto, Maria Crowningshield, Katrina Wilson, and fiancee of Marla Berberian. He was a devoted uncle to Pete, Mike, Nicole, Katie, Nathan, Cody, Lexie, Matthew, Charles, Amelia, Curtis, and Viktor.
He was employed by SG Technologies, Inc. with a long history of working on NASA projects. He served in the US Navy on the USS Independence. As a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University he earned a BS in Professional Aeronautics. His philanthropic work benefited many organizations and earned him multiple awards, with the Jefferson Award from the State of Florida and the Volunteer of the Year Award from Sculptor Charter School as his most cherished. He was the President of the Merritt Island Breakfast Rotary Club, Board Secretary of Brevard Innovative Charter Schools, Sculptor Charter School, and Vice Chair of National Defense Industrial Association.
He was an avid motorcycle rider and member of the Jupiter Diving Club. He loved diving with his son Chris, his 'best buddy'. He and Marla enjoyed the outdoors and you could find them glamping or kayaking. He leaves behind many friends and family whose lives he touched with his genuine smile and giving heart.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 30th, at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home 1360 N. Courtenay Pkwy. Merritt Island. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Merritt Island Breakfast Rotary Club, MIBRC PO Box 540574 Merritt Island, FL 32954.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Aug. 26, 2014