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Robert F. Bashford, Jr.  

Robert F. Bashford, Jr.

January 29, 1943 – July 15, 2017

Robert F. Bashford, Jr., age 74, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Born in Summit, New Jersey on January 29, 1943, Robert was the son of the late Robert F. and Lillian (Hickson) Bashford. He made his career with DuPont, where he was employed as an electrical engineer at the company’s Glasgow site, retiring after many years of dedicated service.

An avid ham radio operator, Robert enjoyed communicating with other amateurs. In his leisure time, he loved tinkering with electrical equipment in need of his care and spent many happy hours crafting beautiful handmade toys for his grandchildren. A beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather, Robert will be very dearly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, M. Ruth Bashford. Robert is survived by his second wife, Jo Anne Barnes; sons, Mark Bashford (Jeanette) of Garden City, NY and Erik Bashford (Heather) of Wilmington; brother, George Bashford of New York; sisters, Ann Berner of Illinois and Ruth Steinheim (the late Ken) of New Jersey; and grandchildren, Matthew, Katherine, Lennon, and Connor.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening, July 19, 2017, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 pm on Thursday afternoon, July 20, 2017 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to the Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 North 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123.

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  1. Michael and La Rue Suber, July 17, 2017

    Dear Joanne,
    Mike and I are so saddened by your loss of Bob. Although we never had the chance to know Bob well, we thought of him as our friend. Ever gracious, with his welcoming smile, we shall see him in our hearts as he goes down the sidewalk for the mail and remember his steps as he arrived across the hall for your home cooked dinner.
    We don’t pretend to know your sorrow. So we can only offer our friendship and our prayers. But I certainly hope you know you can come to me for any help big or small.
    We remain, your loving neighbors.

    • Jo Anne Barnes, July 19, 2017

      Dear LaRue and Mike,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. It’s wonderful neighbors like you who are helping me get through these difficult days.

      I hope you are feeling better Mike and that you, La Rue, are taking good care of yourself, especially on these hot days.

      Thanks again,
      Jo Anne

  2. Horacio Lewis PhD ThD, July 17, 2017

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there….I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow;
    I am the diamond glints on snow;
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awake in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circling flight.
    I am the soft star-shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry….
    I am not there. I did not die.


  3. Duane.and Barbara Wilcox, July 17, 2017

    Bob was a good good man. He was friendly to everyone. He was unselfish and never complained or asked for anything, yet he was grateful for any little thing that came his way. He loved his grandchildren and was always eager to show pictures of them. He also loved his electronic gadgets, and was always eager to demonstrate what they could do to anyone who showed an interest. We feel fortunate to have known Bob, and we will miss him.

  4. Dawn Wright, July 17, 2017

    Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss. I am deeply sorry and we are here if you need anything

    • Jo Anne Barnes, July 20, 2017

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m sorry to admit that I don’t recall how we know each other. Just a memory lapse on my part. Please clear up my confusion. Thanks again!

  5. Barbara and Ray Hosbach, July 18, 2017

    We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family have our deepest condolences and will be in our prayers.

  6. Thelma Nelson (Scotty), July 18, 2017

    I am so sorry to hear about Bob’s death and I am sure that his family mourns the passing of a very kind, wonderful person.
    I knew Bob when he first moved to Delaware and lived in the Village of Prestbury. We were friends on Facebook for a few years. He was so proud of his sons and grandchildren. I know that he was very sad when Ruth died. However, his whole tone changed when he met Jo Anne and he seemed happy again.
    I am truly sorry for the family’s loss, as Bob was a very good person and will be missed.

    • Jo Anne Barnes, July 19, 2017

      Dear Scotty,

      Though we never met, Bob talked so much about you that I feel as if we have. Thank you for your sympathy and kind words. Bob was one of the two best men (the other being my father) I ever knew and I’m prepared to be grieving his passing for a long, long time. That you appreciated his fine qualities and had such a wonderful friendship always meant a lot to him and to me.

      I hope all is well for you. Please let me know the next time you’re in Newark as I’d love to meet you.

      Jo Anne


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