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Robert Simon "Bob" Alexander

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Alexander, Robert Simon "Bob"



April 26, 1935 - July 7, 2014



Born in Chicago, Bob always considered himself a New Yorker, though he did not arrive in the Big Apple until the age of 5 and left over 2 decades ago. He grew up in Brooklyn, attending Bishop Laughlin H.S. and enlisting in the Marine Corps at 17. He fought and was wounded in Korea. After his discharge, he worked for Ma Bell as a lineman while attending St. Johns University at night.



With a degree in finance, Bob began a career in data processing with the Telephone Company, American Tobacco and others. He installed the first on-line system in the state of Israel for Belco Petroleum where he was a Vice-President and also ran their Peruvian operations. In the 1980's he formed his own consulting firm.



Bob had wanderlust. He lived and worked in 4 foreign countries, and traveled with his wife, Fran, throughout Europe, and South America as well as the Middle East. He had a passion for food and was a gourmet cook, especially of Italian, Spanish and Chinese food.



Bob loved teaching. His 'play' jobs included teaching public speaking for Dale Carnegie in New York and ACE in Sarasota, teaching ESL in Italy, Bratislava, Slovakia, and for SCTI in Sarasota. He especially enjoyed one-on one ESL tutoring.



Bob found his retirement dream job working in the tasting room of Kunde Estate Winery in Sonoma, CA where he had a 2nd home. He took joy in showing people the delights of wine. The pay was low but the perks were wonderful and the closets overflowed with cases of wine.



Bob wrote a multi-volume novel based on the story of his Italian immigrant family and self-published the first volume to excellent reviews. The 2nd volume is being readied for publication.



In January of this year Bob was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer which he valiantly fought. He passed way in his Sarasota home surrounded by family on July 7th at the age of 79. He is survived by Francine, his wife of 35 years; his sons Robert & Michael and daughter Catherine Yelvington from his first marriage; 4 grandchildren (Enoch, Hannah & Abigail Alexander and Arianna Yelvington) and his sister Rita Rooney. His granddaughter, Athena Yelvington, and his younger brother, Peter, predeceased him. He will be missed.



Memorial contributions may be made to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens or the National Audubon Society.

Published in Herald Tribune from July 13 to July 14, 2014
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