Robert H. Dod­dridge, Jr.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

It is with great sad­ness that we an­nounce the pass­ing of Robert “Bob” H. Dod­dridge, Jr., on Mon­day, Jan­uary 7, 2019. He was 85 years old. Bob was born in Philadel­phia, PA. on Novem­ber 7, 1933, but was raised and spent all of his life in Ft. Laud­erdale where he mar­ried the love of his life, Frances, and raised three daugh­ters. He grad­u­ated from Pine Crest High School, a mem­ber of the ten­nis team there, and briefly at­tended Univer­sity of Mi­ami. Bob was a mem­ber of First Pres­by­te­rian Church and The Rest­less Weasels, a ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion. Bob had a rich and di­verse life and his ca­reer and per­sonal choices re­flected that. As a teen, Bob was an ac­com­plished horse­man and ten­nis player. After mar­ry­ing at age 20, Bob started work­ing as a re­al­tor with the McTigue Bro­ker­age Firm on Las Olas Blvd. After some years, he es­tab­lished The Book­mark also on Las Olas, a main­stay for hard­bound book lovers for about a decade. It was dur­ing this time, that Bob also pur­sued his pas­sion of work­ing “be­hind the scenes” on po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns and was in­stru­men­tal in sev­eral lo­cal, state and fed­eral elec­tion suc­cesses. Not one to let any grass grow un­der his feet, Bob re­turned to com­mer­cial real es­tate con­struc­tion, work­ing for his long-time friend, Char­lie Deuschle. And last but cer­tainly not least, per­haps his most fa­vorite job was coach­ing kids and ten­nis, first at Hol­i­day Park and sub­se­quently re­turn­ing to Pine Crest as the coach there for a decade. Dur­ing his ten­ure at Pine Crest, the ten­nis team achieved 14 con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships, 1 Dis­trict Cham­pi­onship, the girls’ State Cham­pi­onship in 1981. Also, in 1981, Bob won the “Coach of the Year” award. Bob is sur­vived by his three ador­ing daugh­ters, Kathy, Susie and Bob­bie; two sons-in­law, Andy Cook and John Bosco; two grand­chil­dren, Loren Fre­itas and her hus­band Brad Fre­itas and Robert Cook and part­ner Zairy; and five great grand­chil­dren, Christo­pher, Christina, Lo­gan and Ma­son Fre­itas and Avery Cook. He is pre­ceded in death by his wife of nearly 64 years, Frances S. Dod­dridge and his older brother, Rod­ney Dod­dridge. A spe­cial thank you goes out to Alton and Jackie of Com­fort Keepers and the staff of Trust­bridge Hos­pice who pro­vided lov­ing care in his fi­nal years and days. Vis­i­ta­tion will be held at Fred Hunter’s Fu­neral Home (Rio Vista) on Mon­day, Jan­uary 14, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM. The fu­neral will be held on Jan­uary 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM, at First Pres­by­te­rian Church, 401 SE 15th Ave. Ft .Laud. fred­hunters.com

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