Robert Bob Reardon - SAVANNAH - Robert Bob Reardon, patriarch of Savannah's Reardon Clan, passed into eternal glory on December 2, 2015. Son of John and Kate Hart Reardon, Bob was born on June 10, 1920, and raised in Washington Square's Old Fort district. As a young man he attended the Marist Brothers School for Boys and graduated from Benedictine Military School in 1938. Bob was accepted into the United States Navy Yard apprentices school in Charleston, South Carolina, and entered into the United States Maritime Services (USMS) in 1942, later graduating as a USMS ensign, licensed as a third engineer. Having served his nation he was honorably released from active duty as a Ltd. Cmdr. with a Chief Engineer's license in 1947. During World War II, Bob served in many theatres, including the invasions of Normandy and the Philippines. Upon returning from duty, Bob married Barbara Mumford in 1948 at Blessed Sacrament Church. Bob spent many years with Union Camp Corporation and served as a manager to the largest container plant in the area. It was during this period that Bob assisted many young Irishmen in their pursuit of a college education and workforce training by offering them job opportunities. In 1979, Bob was promoted to manufacturing manager with Union Camp in Ireland. He and his wife moved to Ashburne County, Meath, Republic of Ireland, that year to help recruit and train employees in Northern Ireland; Glasgow, Scotland; and Liverpool and London, England. In 1986 he retired from Union Camp and founded Southern Corrugated Machinery in Pembroke, Georgia. Bob has generously and passionately served his Savannah community since his retirement as a communicant of Sacred Heart Catholic Church; Deputy Grand Knight and past officer of the Knights of Columbus (council 631); and vice president of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Past memberships also include the Ancient Order of Hibernia, First Volunteer Regiment of Georgia, and the Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II. Bob proudly served as the Grand Marshal of the 1990 St. Patrick's Day Parade and is affectionately celebrated as the Grand Marshal who has walked the most parade routes. As a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Bob has instilled his Catholic faith, family values, strong work ethic, and Southern tradition to his surviving family members. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Agnes Gunderson and Catherine Reardon Vaden, brothers, John M. and Thomas P. Reardon, his niece, Mary Agnes Luxton and Granddaughter, Brittany Anne Reardon. Surviving is wife, Barbara Reardon, their five sons Robert, John, William (Tony), Michael, and Richard (Thad), one daughter Mary Catherine (Cathy). 11 grandchildren, Michael II, Anthony Jr, Walter, Matthew, Robert III, Steven, Courtney, John, Adam, Thaddeus, Christopher and 3 great grandchildren, Mac, Haylee and Mary Catherine. Visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist with a Rosary Service at 6:00 p.m. A reception will immediately follow at the Old Oak Rail at the Knights of Columbus on Liberty St. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Pallbearers will be Dave Roberts, Timmy Welsh, Jeff Hagan, Jerry Hogan, Ron Borders, Gary Jenkins, John Pelli and Mike Carbo. Interment will follow in Catholic Cemetery. Remembrances: Our Lady of Confidence Carmelite Monastery, 11 West Back St., Savannah, GA 31419 or the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism, P.O. Box 14669, Savannah, GA 31416, Hospice Savannah, Inc., P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416. Please sign our online guestbook at www.foxandweeks.com
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Published by Savannah Morning News on Dec. 4, 2015.