Judson, Robert Bruce
Apr. 3, 1921 - Feb. 18, 2014
Bob died peacefully in his sleep in his daughter's home. He is survived by his sister, Barbara Terry of California, and his brother-in-law, Milton Landowne of Massachusetts.
Bob was a man of many careers. His best, brightest, and longest career was as husband to Marcia(d); father of Michael, Elizabeth (Martin), and Paul(d); grandfather to Paul and Andrew; father-in-law to Jan Chester and Richard Martin; and grandfather-in-law to Kate.
Raised on an apple farm in Kinderhook, New York, Bob graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1942 and enlisted in the Army
Air Force, serving as a lieutenant in Iceland during WWII
. After the war, he married Marcia Bartlett, whom he'd met at the USO, and they moved back to Kinderhook where he started his next career: managing the family apple farm and raising a family.
Moving to Washington, D.C. in 1952, Bob began his third career at defense contractor Vitro Laboratories where he helped develop many weapons systems including the Polaris missile. Worn down by years of making weapons of mass destruction, he and Marcia moved to Greenwich Village in 1966, where he began his next career as owner/operator of Schildmacher, a small industrial carpentry shop in Brooklyn.
In 1978, Bob and Marcia retired and spent several years at a family home in the Pocono Mountains, then moved to Lady Lake, Florida, where Bob pioneered the construction of one of the state's earliest passive solar homes.
Upon their move to Sarasota in 1988, Bob began his final career as a community volunteer for twenty years with Court Watch, Friends of Selby Public Library, Habitat for Humanity, GWIZ, Meals on Wheels, Planned Parenthood, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Selby Gardens, The Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary, and as a math tutor at Booker Middle School. He also greatly enjoyed a monthly haircut and neighborhood gossip with Mike (His Excellency), the barber.
Besides his love of family, Bob loved gardening, crosswords, and routine. Ever the methodical engineer, he thrived on schedule. An example? Breakfast. Bob told time by breakfast: every Monday one poached egg on shredded wheat, every Tuesday granola with bananas, every Wednesday scrambled eggs, and so on, concluding with satisfying blueberry pancakes every Sunday morning.
Bob was loved by so many and he will be greatly missed.
His family is grateful for the help and support Bob was given by Tidewell Hospice and Nurse Pat Richards.
A celebration of his life will be held at a future date. In his memory, donations may be made to Planned Parenthood of Central and Southwest Florida or a