Robert F. “Bob” Vavala

August 14, 1952 - April 15, 2020

Robert F. “Bob” Vavala, age 67, of Rehoboth Beach, DE, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.     

Born in Wilmington on August 14, 1952, he was a son of Grace Mary (Elliott) Vari. After retiring from DuPont as a chemist, Bob made his home in Rehoboth Beach.

Traveling and exploring new places was one of Bob’s greatest passions. There was never an idle moment when he traveled. Bob was always looking for his next big adventure all over the world, including Hawaii, Aruba, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Greece, and numerous islands.   He loved spending time outdoors whether it was fishing, golfing, visiting the beach, or just being out in nature. Most of all, Bob treasured every moment spent with his family and loved making new memories.

In addition to his mother, Bob will be dearly missed by his children, Robert (Diane), Jason (Lelia), Nicholas (Ashley Randall), Jennifer, and Matthew (Jessica) Vavala; brothers, Richard (Bonnie), Michael, James (Donna), and Kenneth (Helen) Vavala; 11 grandchildren; his companion, Brenda O’Malley; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.


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14 Condolences for Robert F. “Bob” Vavala

  • Jenn,
    I was so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I know this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. You have my very deepest sympathy.
    Mrs. Lisa Jackson
    Hodgson Vo-Tech

  • We will never forget the good times we had with Bob at dinners at the beach and talking history trivia. He always made us laugh and he will be truly missed By our family. God bless.
    David and Trisha Saunders

  • So sorry, I have been thinking and praying for you. He was such a nice and sweet man.

  • Lots of hugs. Thinking of you all and sending our prayers. 💙💫

  • Nick, Jenn, Matt and your family: I’m so sorry about your Dad.,What a great guy. I have good memories of fun times. I hope you find peace in your memories. The video is beautiful.

  • So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We knew each other from DuPont and later on met in Tru Val Acres. I had not seen Bob in the last couple seasons but I’m sure he had plenty of fishing in that time. He always had the time to say hello and was carefree. He has plenty of time to fish now in the best of fishing holes. God speed Bob. Joe

  • Nick, Matt & families,

    Wishing you comfort and peace in the days ahead. My heart goes out to you all. You and your families will be in my thoughts.

    Pat Lynam

  • To all the Vavala family.
    No words can come close to expressing what it feels like when you lose someone you love dearly. Remember the laughter, the smiles and all that you shared troughout the years. I wish I could hug all of you.

  • Deepest sympathies.
    Remember to take time to reflect upon all the joy you shared with your Dad. Time passes and the heart heals, but memories are forever. Take comfort in knowing your family and friends are here for you. Remember, there is tremendous support for you today, tomorrow and forever. Hugs and prayers.

  • I am so sorry for all of you. Find comfort knowing that he loved you all so very much. He will be missed.
    Linda Vavala

  • My heart is aching there are no words. Love to Rob, Jason, Nick, Jen and Matt you were great children and Bob loved you so much. The grandchildren were his life. Say a little prayer every time you go to the beach. Love to all

  • Our condolences on the passing of your dear Dad. The tribute and photos show he lived life well. My Gods peace provide comfort in the days and weeks to come. Love you all
    Uncle Mike, Aunt Amy and Rebecca Mason

  • Garfield and I met Jim and Bob Vav the first day they moved to Wilmington and came to Stapler Park. They were good brothers like we all were and took care of each other. We are sending our deepest condolences to all of his friends and family. The memories of our youth will forever make us smile.
    With Love,
    Dennis and Mary Ellen

  • Words can’t express the sadness I feel in my heart and I will miss Bob terribly. Nick and family hang on to those great memories you have of your father.