Robert Arnold "Bob" WALTER
1949 - 2018
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WALTER, Robert Arnold "Bob"

68, of Tampa, tragically left this world January 1, 2018, to reside in a room prepared for him in heaven.

Bob was born in Tampa March 26, 1949, to Monica (Saraw) Walter and Jim Walter, both of whom have predeceased him. He spent his high school years at Asheville School (Valedictorian 1966) and was a graduate of Yale University in 1970. Several years later, Bob returned to academia to obtain his law degree at the University of Florida in 1973.

Bob practiced law at the firm of Shackleford Farrior in Tampa for several years before establishing his own real estate development company, which allowed him to branch into numerous business partnerships and real estate investments, including two very special to him, West Palm Wines in Ybor City, Florida and Haven Golf in Green Valley, Arizona.

Bob has been described as 'the consummate intellectual with a blend of businessman, conservationist, outdoorsman, and country boy.' He was a gracious and generous philanthropist who deeply cared for the welfare of the Tampa community. However, Bob neither sought nor relished the spotlight, but rather was more comfortable behind the scenes.

Bob had a passion for music, French wines, hunting, and travel, but nothing compared to his passion for golf. Bob could be found several times a week at either Avila and Palma Ceia Country Clubs or at Golftec, attempting to improve his golf swing.

Bob was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was also a loyal friend who provided wise counsel when sought. Though he was a man of few words, whatever he did say spoke volumes. His faith in Christ was sincere and rooted.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Zan Walter; by his son, Alex Walter (Melanie); by his two grandsons, Xander Walter and Wyatt Walter; and by his older brother, Jimmy Walter. They are heartbroken and miss him dearly.

A service to celebrate Bob Walter's life will be will be held at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club, 1601 S. MacDill Avenue, Tampa, FL 33629, Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 4 pm, with a reception to follow at the same location. A private viewing and burial service will be held the morning of January 7.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Broward Elementary School, 400 W. Osborne Avenue, Mail Route 7, Tampa, FL 33603, attn: Principal Angela Livingston 813-276-5592, a school where Bob volunteered weekly, or to Kelly Green Global, P.O. Box 949, Brandon, FL 33509, attn: Jennifer Clark 813-340-2640, an organization Bob worked through to provide water machines and living water to the needy in third world countries.

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Published in Tampa Bay Times from Jan. 5 to Jan. 7, 2018.
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January 15, 2018
There are many, many admirers of your treasured Bob Walter. I knew him as a lawyer and occasional golfer at Avila. Others were closer of course. But to a person, he was a perfect gentleman.

Bill Kalish
William Kalish
January 13, 2018
Zan Walter
January 13, 2018
Sending heartfelt condolences to your family. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Sincerely, Brad and Winkie Alston
January 12, 2018
Dear Zan,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
In Christian Love,
Lorie Ricker Hougland
Lorie Hougland
January 11, 2018
Bob was hired by Shackleford, Farrior, Stallings and Evans after graduating from law school. He was assigned to me and immediately Bob and I had a teamwork/partnership relationship. As you would anticipate if you knew Bob, he did excellent legal work and my clients readily accepted and liked him.
One day Bob told me he was going to leave the practice to look after family business and pursue other vocational avenues he had been considering. Not unexpectedly, Bob did in fact become a very successful real estate developer and investor.
Bob and I shared a love/passion for hunting and fishing. We hunted and fished together all over the world for forty years - pheasants in South Dakota, fishing in Alaska, red legged partridge in Spain, ducks, perdiz and dove in Argentina, pheasant and trout in Montana, quail at his beloved Thunder Cloud Ranch and numerous fishing trips throughout the state. On many of these outings, Alex and my son accompanied us. I greatly enjoyed getting to know Alex during our times together.
Bob was a positive influence on my faith journey. We attended a nondenominational Bible study on Friday mornings. Afterwards, we would go to breakfast at Pot Bellies - an iconic dive that served great breakfasts. We had been there for breakfast two weeks before his untimely death.
Bob's presence had a calming and stabilizing influence on whoever he was with. He knew when to be assertive and when to hold back. I considered Bob one of my best friends. Billie and I enjoyed socializing with Bob and Zan - not as often as we should have done. Bob may be gone but he will never be forgotten by our family and the countless other people whose lives he touched.
Mike Trocke
January 9, 2018
Dear Zan, Alex, Melanie and boys,
I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. The man that he was, will live on as a legacy through all of you.
God bless and keep you.
Heather Kendall
Heather Kendall
January 9, 2018
My wife and I know Bob through the YMCA. Bob was very generous with providing the sound system for the Spin class held at the local Downtown Y. "The gift of music". Our condolences to the family. Ray & Lucy Gurka
January 8, 2018
Zan, Words cannot do justice. We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. May he always live on in your memories of not only the love and laughter he brought into your life, but also all the good things he did in the world. With love, Karen and Bob Buesing
January 8, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Bob Walter, a classmate at Asheville School. He was one of the brightest and most considerate people I've ever known. My sympathies to his family.
Richard Prior, St. Augustine, Fla.
January 8, 2018
With deepest sympathy for your loss.
Andrew, Linda, Emma, & Olivia Harwood
January 8, 2018
... honored to know this wonderful man. He always made me smile!
Bill Nance
January 7, 2018
Zan, Tom and I are so sorry to hear of your wonderful husband Bobs passing. I know he is in a better place and will be waiting for you. Our prayers & thoughts are with you today. Love you
Tom & Gerrie Russo
January 7, 2018
Zan we are so sorry for your loss!! We just heard the news this morning! I wish there was something we could do to help you thru this! We will pray for you and the rest of yalls family!!
Betty jo & Terry Orndorff
January 6, 2018
Love to you, Zan. His sweet, gentle presence will be missed by all who knew him.
Eleanor and Buck
January 6, 2018
To Zan, Alex and Family and Jimmy,
So shocked and saddened for the loss of a wonderful husband, father, brother and dear friend. I shall always cherish the friendship, kindness, generosity and special humor Bob brought to me personally. I will miss him greatly! May God bless you all and my prayers and condolences to all.
Jimmy Root
Jimmy Root
January 6, 2018
I had the privilege of sharing a table with Bob at our Friday morning Bible Study at Palma Ceia over the last 2 years. It was there, that he would share his pearls of wisdom and he will be missed.
Fred Byda
January 6, 2018
Zan, Alex and Jimmy,
What a wonderful human being Bob was. His humor, intellect and wisdom will long be remembered. Every time I was fortunate enough to see Bob, it was like we saw each other every day. I will truly miss his bright smile and quick wit.
Deepest Thoughts and Prayers to you all.
Jimmy Root
Jim Root
January 6, 2018
During this time of great sorrow and pain, know that you are not alone. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss. As you remember your beloved one, may our Father, the God of peace, give you comfort and peace in every way today, tomorrow, and always. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
January 5, 2018
His Arizona friends will miss Bob dearly--he was a great friend to all at Haven Golf Course. I know he is golfing the lush green fairways of Heaven. Much love to Zan and family.
Marvol Barnard
January 5, 2018
We are all deeply saddened by Bob's passing. Bob was a great man, an inspiration, and good friend. The Tampa community was well-served by his generosity. he will be missed.
Chris and Molly Bray
January 5, 2018
Dear Alex, Melanie, Xander and Wyatt, I'm so very sorry to hear about your loss! I will continue to pray for God to give you peace within your grief and help heal your broken hearts. Sammy and I love you all very much!
Rosie Hays Carden
January 5, 2018
Bobby was a genuinely nice person with a sharp sense of humor. He believed in service, loyalty and friendship. Condolences to his Family, friends and Tampa who will miss him dearly. It was my pleasure to have shared a few memories with him since 1972 and recently witnessed the love that he had for for his brother, Jimmy and his loving wife Zan.
Happy Trails to you.
Commodore Decker
January 5, 2018
Dear Zan and family. My deepest sympathy of Bob's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your memories of him will forever be in your heart. Hold those dearly to give you strength. We are all here for you.
Hugs and prayers!
Leslie Fisher
Leslie Fisher
January 5, 2018
Our sincere sympathy to Zan and family. When we think of Bob, we see him at the cash register, back when STF had Wednsday night supper. That is when we first met Bob and Zan - in the kitchen serving pizza. Loved you both.
Gary and Darlene McDade
January 5, 2018
I am shocked and saddened. I suppose you are one of those I thought would live forever. But in our hearts you will... I had the pleasure to work side be side with you at STF and you were wonderful. You taught me so much.
Prayers for your family and friends. You will be missed so much.
Kimberlee McDade Davis
January 5, 2018
My wife and I knew Bobby for most of his life and our nearly 50 years of friendship, I'm sorry to say, ended early this week. Bob was kind and thoughtful, a person who was always ready to share jokes and smiles and extend a hand of help to many others. An easy smile and good words to many that he met in his path through life. Farewell friend we will miss you!
Jim and Bernice Teske Tampa, FL
James Teske
January 5, 2018
Zan and family, we are heartbroken over the sudden loss of Bob. Bob certainly blessed our lives and we will cherish the memories of the many good times we shared together. Praying that God holds you close during this difficult time and grants you a sense of peace.
Vicki and David Scheppegrell
January 4, 2018
To Bob's family: We know Bob is with his Savior and we can rejoice that we will see him again. We are promised that... "in My Father's house are many mansions..." Just imagine! We cry at our loss but take heart at this great promise. Love and prayers at this difficult time. We are holding you all up in prayer. With Faith, Mike & Denise McKeehan
Mike & Denise McKeehan
January 4, 2018
Zan and family,So very sorry to hear of the passing of Bob! Remember dancing with him at Carson and Molly Snipes wedding.He was a very friendly and nice man.Know that you will miss him greatly! Praying for you to give you His peace and His comfort at this most difficult time.We love you,Cel and Buddy Sperry
Cecilia Sperry
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