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Robert Bruce Drake Notice


Robert Bruce Drake, 88, of Hilton Head Island, passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Bruce was born in Washington DC. He started his college career at American University until he entered the Navy in 1943 and was discharged in 1945. After military service, he attended and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1950 in Business Administration. Bruce spent his entire business career with Reuben H. Donnelley for 32 years managing the offices in Richmond, Washington and Baltimore while he was a member of Civitan in Washington DC and the Rotary in Baltimore. He married Norma Klak in 1951 and she survives him as well as daughter Gwenn Marie (Daniel) Lindsay, son John Scott (Dianna) Drake, three grandsons, Jason (Jennifer) Drake, Matthew (Molly) Drake, Mitch (Olivia) Caudill and three great-grandchildren, Jenna and Jackson Drake and Cora Drake. Preceding him in death was son Douglas Alan Drake. Bruce moved to Hilton Head Island from Ellicott City, MD in 1998. After his arrival he dedicated his time to charitable causes. Second Helpings was the main focus of his efforts with 15 years of service as a board member, volunteering on the truck and planning the annual golf & entertainment event. Bruce also worked with Norma at Hospice Community Thrift and St Francis of the Sea preparing food baskets and decorating the church during the holidays. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 31 at 2 pm at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church with a visitation at the church at 1:30. Burial will be at Parklawn Memorial Park in Rockville, MD at 11 am Saturday, August 2. Donations may be made to Second Helpings of Hilton Head or Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family. www.theislandfuneralhome.com.
Published in Baltimore Sun on July 30, 2014
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