BAMOND, Robert George 89, died Jan. 24, 2013 in Naples, FL. Bob Bamond affectionately known as Baldy Bamond since childhood was born on July 24, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, to Arthur and Gladys Bamond. At the age of two, the family moved to St. Petersburg where Bob resided until 2011 at which time he relocated to Naples, Florida. Bob attended St. Petersburg High School where he won state honors as a swimming and diving champion. At the age of 17, Bob was one of the first young men from St. Petersburg to enlist in the Army Air Corps serving as a decorated pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Bob earned his law degree from Stetson College and was a respected attorney practicing in Pinellas County for 44 years. Bob was married to Milka Bamond for 46 years and although divorced later in life they have remained a meaningful presence in one another's lives. Bob was an avid athlete throughout his life and boasted one of the YMCA's longest continual memberships. He was a private pilot for many years and a loyal fan of Florida State Athletics. Bob joined Alcoholics Anonymous in 1977 taking on an active role teaching the AA principles and touching many lives. Known as Papa by his family, he will be deeply missed and his memory cherished. Bob is survived by his children, Laura Bamond, Fay Bamond Mlinarich and Phillip Bamond; his grandchildren, Raquel Bamond, Brandon Bamond, Allison Meyers and Andrew Meyers; and his great-grandson, Matthew Bamond. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his step-mother, Leonore Bamond; his sister, Beverly Bamond; and his son, George Bamond. A memorial celebration will be held at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, 7820 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 27, 2013