Robert F. Fehlhaber passed away after a prolonged illness on February 13, 2014 at 81 years of age. Bob was born in Bronx, New York. He was born to parents Fred R. Fehlhaber and Ethel B. Fehlhaber (Bushman) on March 17th, 1932. He graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford CT in 1950 and from The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in 1954. While at The University of Pennsylvania he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Upon graduating from college Bob went to work for Fehlhaber Corporation in New York City, New York. While working there he over saw heavy construction in the New York and Philadelphia area. Always having a love for boats and the ocean he moved to Miami and eventually settled in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He arrived in Florida with his new wife Marjorie Fehlhaber Shaw (Myers) on his 28 ft sailboat "Pavan". Bob's early years in Florida were spent exploring the Bahamas and working in the yacht industry. Bob became a yacht broker working with Bertram and Fedship, before eventually starting his own brokerage Fehlhaber Associates. In the mid 1980s, Bob left the yacht industry to take over Fehlhaber Corp., which had transferred to Florida. Bob enjoyed spending time on his various boats over the years. He traveled the Bahamas, Florida Keys, and New England. Bob was a Member of Lauderdale Yacht Club and Ocean Reef Club. Bob is survived by his longtime companion Virginia L. (Loui) Bass, his two daughters Christiana McGuire (Scott), Juliana Carney (Thomas) and five grandchildren, Cameron Anne McGuire, Paige L. McGuire, James R. McGuire, Thomas A. Carney and Patrick R. Carney. He is also survived by his ex wife and dear friend Marjorie Shaw. Bob is predeceased by his parents and his Stepmother Georgia Ellis Hoffman. In lieu of flowers, donations to Catholic Hospice of Broward would be appreciated. A Gathering of Friends will be held at Fred Hunter's Funeral Home, 718 S. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33316, on Sunday, February 23rd from 10:30 to 11:15 am with a Memorial Service at 11:15 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to Catholic Hospice of Broward would be appreciated. www.fredhunters.com.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on Feb. 16, 2014