Robert ORANGE
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ORANGE, Robert W. "Bob" 58, passed away June 14, 2020 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. "Bob" to his friends and "Bobby" to his family, he was born in Richmond, VA and moved to St. Petersburg in 1971. He had no choice; he was nine years old. It was okay, Florida had lots of places to fish with his dad and his "close as a brother", double first cousin, Greg. He was a pest to his big sister but grew into a man she admired. He loved his mom and spent the last 30 years caring for her, since his dad passed away in June 1990. Early jobs included working for Captain Hubbard. He became lifelong friends with many co-workers, Rick, Carl, Alan, Martin, and many more. Bob spent the last 18 years at Life Fitness, as a Field Service Technical Specialist, he serviced the Southeast U.S., Bermuda, and the Caribbean. He was truly a Master of all trades. It was his pleasure to assist all, from laying tile, to building fences, to putting up hurricane shutters - he was there when you needed him. Bob inherited the Orange family sense of humor, same as his dad; his uncle, Linwood; and his aunt, Edna. He was quick witted and always had a hilarious "come back". Bob attended Dixie Hollins High, where he met his wife. Married 40 years, he loved and adored his wife, Lorrie. Predeceased by his father, Andrew "Lee"; and many very special grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Bob is survived by mother, Betty L (Lynam); wife, Lorrie C (Eastridge); daughter, Charlotte Simmons (Howard); grandchildren, Danny Orange, Howie, Zoe, Ariel, and Alana Simmons; son, Michael W. (Pam); grandchildren, Katrina, Caitlin, Ashley, Mikaela, and Cole Orange; sister, Barbara Rosenke-Sweeney (Shawn); nephews, Chris Rosenke, Jason, and Ryan Sweeney; and so many family and friends who will miss him. Family extends gratitude to all who cared for Bob for two years. A Special Thank You to: Pasadena Community Dr. Post, Tampa General Dr. Rinde-Hoffman, and the amazing TGH VAD and Heart Transplant Teams. Special appreciation and affection for Susan, Joe, and Jeanette.Thank you to all family, friends, co-workers for all your thoughts and prayers.In lieu of flowers, and if desired, you may donate to one of the three hospitals who cared for Bob: Tampa General Heart Transplant, Brooks Neuro Rehab Jacksonville FL, or Emory University Heart Failure. Arrangements by Neptune Society Atlanta, GA. Memorial to be announced.

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Published in Tampa Bay Times from Jun. 24 to Jun. 25, 2020.
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June 28, 2020
I AM LORRIE'S BIG SISTER THAT SHARED A ROOM WITH HER ALL MY SINGLE LIFE. I WAS HER MATRON OF HONOR AT HER & BOBBIE'S WEDDING. WHEN I KISSED BOBBIE AT THEIR WEDDING, I WHISPERED TO HIM, 'TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY LITTLE SISTER, OK!' HE SAID, 'WILL DO!' AND HE CERTAINLY, LOVINGLY, CARING-LY, FAITHFULLY, BEAUTIFULLY, ETC.....DID !! THANKS, AND LOVE YOU, MY BROTHER, LOVE, HEATHER !
HEATHER A. MANGO, sister in law
Family
June 28, 2020
I AM LORRIE'S BIG SISTER, I WAS HER MATRON OF HONOR AT HER & BOBBIE'S WEDDING; I REMEMBER TELLING BOBBIE ON THEIR WEDDING DAY AS I KISSED HIM....TAKE CARE OF MY LITTLE SISTER, OKAY!..HE SAID, 'WILL DO'.....AND HE CERTAINLY, BEAUTIFULLY, LOVINGLY, CARINGFULLY, ETC....DID!!!!!!! LOVE YOU, MY BROTHER & THANKS!
HEATHER A MANGO
Sister
June 28, 2020
Bobby, you will be missed! Those memories way back to Friendship Baptist church when we were all just kids thru high school and beyond. Although we didn't keep in touch much you and Lorrie were the example and testimony to true love thru thick and thin! Rest in heaven my friend. Desiree Counts Glowa
Desiree Counts Glowa
Friend
June 27, 2020
Rest In Peace Bobby
June 26, 2020
was very saddened to here Bobby passed away , we were friends at Azalea Middle School . Bobby had the locker below mine , and convinced me to switch , primarily so he didnt have to bend down so far ! However, there was no humor when he accidentally spilled chocolate milk down the hole between our lockers, he laughed hysterically ! He was kind , would do anything for you , and was just an all around good person !
Im sorry for your loss and prayers to your family .

Jerelyn Myers -Castricone. Aka JJ
Jerelyn Castricone
Classmate
June 25, 2020
I Worked with Bob for many years and looked forward to each time we were together during our life fitness adventures. My sincere condolences to his entire family and friends. Always loved and respected Bob above all others in our work and will miss him greatly.
Tom Himmelsbach
Coworker
June 25, 2020
My sincerest condolences to your family for the loss of your loved one, Please except my deepest sympathies.
Simone Taylor
June 25, 2020
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all who knew and loved Bobby. He was my first friend when my family moved to Florida. My parents considered him part of our family. A very special guy. One of the good ones!
Mari-jane Glover-Shore
Friend
June 24, 2020
My dad ( Bobby Orange ) was a great dad he loved his kids and taught them to be strong and independent he was always there to lend a helping hand weather you were fixing a car or fixing your house he was there for advice and to help lead us in the right direction if you were feeling down he new a joke would get you to laugh I will miss thoese days spending time just talking or fishing or just watching him spend time with his grand kids

LOVE YOU DAD
Michael Orange
Son
June 24, 2020
My husband of 40 year is the greatest man in my life l will love you always looking forward to the day I can be with you again love your wife and best friend

Lorrie orange
Lorrie Orange
Spouse
June 24, 2020
Love and miss you dad
Charlotte Simmons
Daughter
June 24, 2020
Bob was the best neighbor I could ask for. Always there to lend a helping hand, and had any type of tool you need for the job. He was a hard worker, great family man, always had a good joke or knew how to make you laugh. Lucy, Milo, and I are sure gonna miss ya.
Chris
Neighbor
June 24, 2020
I think I can speak for all of Bob's co-coworkers and myself when I say we lost our security blanket out in the field. Everyone who worked with Bob came to respect and admire him not only as a book of knowledge, but a comedian who made us laugh with his one liner comebacks that kept all of us on our toes. We loved him as our brother and will carry him forward in all our lives.
John Martone
Coworker
June 24, 2020
Love you dear brother!
Barbara
Sister
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