Homer Robert ‘Bob’ Long, 100, volunteer extraordinaire, died Monday, April 3, 2017, eight days shy of his 101st birthday. Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on April 11, 1916, he was an Iowa Hawkeyes fan to the core.
‘Grandpa Bob’ was well known for his wit and charm and loved by everyone. After retiring as a display manager for Sears and following the death of his beloved wife Dorothy in 1993, Bob became a full-time volunteer and could be found volunteering daily in the public schools, libraries, food pantry, American Cancer Society, several hospitals, Kiwanis, St. John’s County Council on Aging and his church well into his 90’s.
He received many honors for his volunteering, including Volunteer of the Year for the United Way in Des Moines, Iowa, Senior Volunteer of the Year for St. John’s County, Fla., and was often featured in the news for his volunteer work. The son of deaf parents, and himself legally blind in his senior years, he had a special affection for deaf and blind children and tutoring and mentoring them in their schools. A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, Bob proudly served in Italy during World War II.
He leaves behind two daughters, Marsha Forest (Jon) and Alison Goldberg (Glenn); and four cherished and adoring granddaughters, Erin Forest, Emily Forest, Rachel Kuchta and Ashley Martin, and their families, including six great-grandchildren.
In his eternal spirit of helping others, Bob chose to donate his body to Virginia Anatomical Donation for medical research and education.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Christ Church Serenata, South Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., where he lived for many years before relocating to Virginia Beach to be with his daughter and family.
Grandpa Bob loved God, our country, his family and multitudes of friends, football, children, animals, red wine and serving others. He loved life! But was he ready to go to heaven? You betcha!
He would want us to thank the loving care of the staff at The Georgian Manor, where he resided for the past two and a half years, and Medi Hospice staff for their gentle, end-of-life care.
For memorial contributions in Bob’s honor, please donate to Bright Focus Foundation (Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and Alzheimer’s Research) or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.