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Robert B. SERGE

Robert B. SERGE

Male 1929 - 2008  (78 years)

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  • Name Robert B. SERGE 
    Born 9 Oct 1929  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    CAUS Colon cancer 
    EDUC University of Michigan, Marine Engr & Naval Architecture; University of Miami, Business 
    RES Grosse Point, MI; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Bay of Islands, New Zealand 
    Died 14 Jan 2008  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2771  The Turses
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2015 

    Family Patricia THERN,   b. 22 Apr 1926, Mount Vernon, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 2002, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Divorced 1967  Broward, FL Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Charlotte Elizabeth SERGE
     2. Robert Alexander SERGE
     3. Robert Taiyo SERGE
     4. Scott SERGE
     5. Christopher SERGE
    +6. Living
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F2000  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Robert B. (Bob) - Born, October 9, 1929 - Died, January 14, 2008 - Bob was born in New York and grew up in Grosse Pointe, MI, the son of English and Russian immigrants, a school teacher and an inventor. He graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. He attended the University of Miami where he received his degree in Business. He moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL in 1955 after visiting during college "Spring Break" and falling in love in front of the World Famous Elbo Room. Bob went on to become a general contractor in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He owned and operated a charter boat company and youth sailing camp, which resulted in the movie entitled "White Squall": additionally, he built and operated The Harbor House Hotel. Bob ran for public service in 1956 as a candidate for Fort Lauderdale City Commission and went on to become one of the original Marlboro men on TV. He continued to design and build, completing a three masted steel hulled 90 foot barkentine vessel (The Pride), a replica of the Caribbean pirate ship of Jean Lafitte. Bob sailed across the Atlantic Ocean twice and the Pacific Ocean once. Today "The Pride" sits on the ocean floor and serves as an artificial reef to protect our shores off Fort Lauderdale beach. Local divers know it as "The Scutti/Pride" dive. The Pride was also featured in the James Bond thriller Octopussy and the TV series, Flipper. He sailed into New Zealand sixteen years ago, where he met a Canadian gentleman at the local yacht club. They arranged a trade, Bob's home in Fort Lauderdale for three parcels of property in New Zealand. Bob then built a Bed & Breakfast Inn overlooking the beautiful Bay of Islands and retired. Bob had been battling stage four colon cancer for three years, seeking alternate medicine in Japan and clinical trials in NYC. His battle ended peacefully as he passed away at home in New Zealand. Bob will lay to rest overlooking his beautiful Bay. Bob is survived by his six children, Charlotte Elizabeth Rodstrom, Sara Erica Turse, Robert Alexander Serge, Scott Serge, Christopher Serge, and Robert Taiyo Serge and seven grandchildren. Bob left behind a wave of adventure and a history of stories. He was a larger than life character and he will be missed. In lieu of flowers the children ask that you please send a donation to Hospice New Zealand's address: Hospice Bay of Islands Society Inc. P.O. Box 141 Kerikeri New Zealand 0470. Thank you.

      Source: Tribune Sentinel paid obits p.4
      SunSentinel Boca Raton, FL January 20, 2008

      Note: The Harbour House Villa B&B, at Opua, Bay of Islands, is now the Hawks Nest