Robert Bush Jr.

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SWANSBORO - Lieutenant Colonel Robert V. Bush Jr., retired United State Marine Corps, of Swansboro, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Funeral services with full military honors will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

Bob was born June 6, 1950, in Charlotte, N.C. to Robert and Julia Bush. He grew up in an Air Force family, living in numerous locations until he met the love of his life, Pam Notaro, more than 46 years ago at a military officers' club on Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts. They were married for 39 years and remained side-by-side until Pam's death on May 13, 2013.

Bob graduated from Chicopee Comprehensive High School in 1969 and North Adams State College in Massachusetts in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps upon graduation, and served 27 years on active duty, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. During that time, Bob flew more than 6,500 accident-free flight hours in 11 different types of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Bob served in 12 different aircraft squadrons, as well as the Marine Aircraft Group 27 Executive Officer and Interim Commanding Officer. Other duties included Operations Officer of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and the Inspecting General for the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va. An accomplished and respected professional, Bob earned every training, tactical and leadership flight designation available for a Marine aviator. He deployed all over the world aboard U. S. Navy Amphibious ships. Two of these deployments involved his active participation in combat operations in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983, and Desert Shield and Desert Storm from 1990-1991. Upon retiring from the Marine Corps, Bob flew corporate jets and helicopters.

Bob had numerous interests after retirement. He and Pam began scuba diving, a hobby they became passionate about, traveling to exotic dive locations throughout the Caribbean and earning Master Diver certifications. He also obtained a federal firearms license and built an online firearms business. He loved automobiles, including his BMW X6, Jaguar XKR, Harley Fat Boy, and most recently, his 2014 Red Corvette Stingray.

But the real love of his life was Pam, Jenny and Kate, along with his two sons-in-law, four beautiful grandchildren and his beloved parents and sisters. Of all his many accomplishments, he was by far most proud of his family, and being a devoted and loving son, husband, father, brother and grandfather. Bob lived life fully. He will be sorely missed.

Bob is survived by his parents, Robert and Julia Bush; two sisters, Sharon Goodhart and Pamela Rivest; his daughters, Jennifer Dickerson and Katherine Smith; his sons-in-law, Major Erik Dickerson and Captain Joshua Smith; and his four grandchildren, Tyler and Emmalyn Dickerson, and Callie and Ava Smith.

Electronic condolences can be left for the family at Jonesfh.org and JDNews.com.

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Published in Jacksonville Daily News from Dec. 22 to Dec. 25, 2013
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