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Age 65, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, formerly of Hazelwood, PA, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Tatum) Bennett; beloved Teddy, Moose, Marvin, and Paulie; brother-in-law of James "Goose" and Linda Tatum of Blairsville, GA, and Gary (Linda) Tatum of Boca Raton, FL; uncle to his cherished "little girl", Erin Montgomery of Pittsburgh, PA and Seth and Lori Tatum of Boca Raton, FL. Bob was the longtime proprietor of Yesterday's, a tavern and restaurant in Greenfield (Pittsburgh), with his business partner and lifelong friend, Jim "Monk" Montgomery. They had the best times of their lives at Yesterday's, and he often said he wouldn't trade those friendships he made, which continued for his lifetime, for all the money in the world. Yesterday's was the "in" place to go for many Greenfielders and a local legend, until they sold the business in 2000. Many said it was the "end of an era." Bob was a 1971 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and continued his support and love of the Panthers throughout his life. He also held memberships in Dallas Lodge No. 231 F. & A.M., Scottish Rite and Syria Shrine, beginning with his initiation in 1970. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the BJPQH Therapeutic Riding Center in Branson, MO, and was an Honorary Kentucky Colonel. Bob's love of the beach, seasonal trips to North Wildwood, NJ, Myrtle Beach, SC, St. Thomas, VI, Kona and Maui, HI, led him to move to Fort Lauderdale in 2000, where he and Kathy enjoyed the sun and surf from their oceanfront condo. He never sold his house on Hazelwood Avenue or severed his ties to the Burgh. He founded Bennett Buildings Inc., a steel buildings sales company in 2005, where he was president. Bob often said that he "wasn't here for a long time, he was here for a GOOD time" and that remained his credo until his death. He was a steadfast believer in our Lord and was convinced that we shall all meet again one day. So, while our hearts ache, especially the light of his life, Kathy, it is with the utmost sincerity that he wished all to celebrate his life and the good times we shared, and to remember that he will be waiting to share them again. "I carry your heart with me, and I will carry it in MY heart and am never without it, wherever I go." Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207. Interment will follow in the Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made in Robert's memory to the . Arrangements entrusted to KALIS - McINTEE FUNERAL HOME, Wilton Manors, FL. Online condolences at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 27, 2014
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