Robert “Bob” M. Bader; Father, Friend, Lawyer, and Teacher passed away at home in Port Charlotte September 27th 2012. Robert was 86 years old and born in Louisville, Ky., where his lifelong love for steam trains was born. Robert was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict. During his 20+ years in service to our country Robert earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars; the American Defense Service Medal; World War II Victory Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Korean Service Medal; the Philippine Liberation Medal; the United Nations Service Medal; and his Parachutist Badge with the 82nd Airborne.
Robert graduated from the University of Miami with his Juris doctorate in 1950, setting up a 26-year practice in Miami before moving to Port Charlotte in 1976. During his 20+ year practice in Port Charlotte Robert was an active member in the Sunrise Kiwanis, Lions, Shriners, and Edison Community College where he taught one of his passions, Biblical Archaeology.
Robert and his wonderful wife Carolyn spent 48 years traveling the highways, railways, and seas together including spending time in various archaeological digs in Turkey and Israel. Robert was instrumental in bringing forth the Charlotte County Air Show, Past President of the National Historical Railroad Society and a 32nd Degree Mason.
Robert and Carolyn raised 7 children together now residing in Port Charlotte, Woodstock, NY, Wyckoff, NJ, and Costa Mesa, Ca. and have 10 grandchildren as well.
Robert was as well known for his dedication to defense of the common man and his philosophical outlook that he shared with almost everyone he met. It is said by many, “if you ever met Bob you came away with having learned something” no doubt teaching was his proudest accomplishment. The poem “Invictus” serves as one of his favorite philosophies, and encompasses wholly his gentle passing.
“Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from the pole to pole, I thank whatever Gods may be for my unconquerable soul.
“In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced or cried aloud; under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody but unbowed.
“Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the horror of shade: And yet the menace of years Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
“It matters not how straight the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll: I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”
— William Henley
Please join us for a “Celebration of Life” on Wednesday Oct. 10th at 5pm at the Port Charlotte Moose Lodge, 3642 Loveland Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL. 941-629-1140.
Should you wish to make a contribution in Robert’s behalf, please see the below. Office of Donor Development, Shiners Hospitals for Children, International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607, Tel: 800-241-4438.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home.