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Bob Fenimore

Bob Fenimore came into this world in May of 1936 in Mt. Holly, NJ, the oldest child of Mary and Allen Fenimore.  He left the world a better place, because of his 87 years in it, on October 15, 2023, in Hockessin, DE.  His wife and partner for 63 adventure-filled years, Edee, was his enthusiastic cheerleader and occasional critic.

Bob did all the usual things of a privileged life.  He went to school (Lawrenceville Prep, Yale, MIT), worked a lot (Sun Oil, Atlas Chemical, ICI), married Edee, had kids (daughter Heather, son David), and lived in a couple places (Haddonfield NJ, Wilmington DE, Neavitt MD).  His faith and family were his guideposts in all decisions.  You know … the usual.

But Bob wasn’t usual.  He grew up one way and chose to live his adult life another.  He supported Edee in her professional pursuits and participated in parenting and household chores decades before it was commonplace for men to do either.   He lived his faith without seeking attention for it.  He regularly laughed at himself without being arrogant.  He gave his time, talent, and treasure generously with no need for recognition.  He didn’t tell people what to do but led by quiet example instead.  Bob brought a much appreciated, predictable presence to the table, but he wasn’t usual.

Bob loved sports of all kinds including tennis, skiing, sailing, and ping pong to determine who had to do the dinner dishes.  He equally enjoyed watching men’s, women’s, high school, college and professional teams and players.  He did not love watching a Philly team lose.

Music played a significant and meaningful role in Bob’s life.  He made many a joyful noise, always with gusto!  He sang and played the saxophone, clarinet and piano in community groups, church, the car, and the shower.  However, his most impressive performance was his annual birthday serenade to loved ones, even better when Edee joined him on her nose flute.  Unforgettable!

Bob was adored by so many.  Family by birth and marriage includes Edee; Heather; David and Lynne; Peggy and Bob; Bruce and Jamie; five grands and their partners; and six greats.   Family by life and experience is too numerous to name but nonetheless cherished.

Funeral Services

All are welcome to gather in celebration of Bob’s life on Tuesday, November 21, 2pm in the auditorium at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin.  In lieu of flowers, please consider practicing enthusiastic kindness and generosity.  In addition, the family asks for consideration of a contribution to the Cokesbury Employee Appreciation Fund in recognition of the exemplary love, support and care Bob received over the past 16 years.


    Kip Cleaver lit a candle and writes,
    How could you not love a guy who bought you your first drink (after one of our long hot tennis matches), and taught you how to sail and drive a stick shift, even in a VW bug? Feel so blessed that our paths joined for so long so he could also teach me what kind of person to be.
    10/17/2023 08:07 am
    Michael Crandall lit a candle and writes,
    I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of our beloved friend, Bob Fenimore. Bob was not just a close family friend; he was a radiant and enthusiastic presence in the lives of everyone fortunate enough to have known him, especially those of us who grew up on Lake Naomi. Bob's zest for life, his infectious cheer, and his warm, welcoming personality were a source of inspiration for countless young people, including myself. He had a unique ability to make us feel at home, to infuse every gathering with joy, and to make us believe in the magic of Lake Naomi. Bob's enthusiasm was contagious, and his love for his family and friends was genuine. I will always cherish the memories of the times we spent at Lake Naomi, with Bob leading the way, teaching us not only about the beauty of the place but also about the importance of community, family, and spreading happiness. Bob was a role model in every sense of the word, and his kindness, generosity, and genuine interest in the well-being of others left an indelible mark on my life. As we mourn the loss of Bob, let us also celebrate the wonderful person he was and the countless lives he touched. His legacy will live on in the countless smiles he brought to our faces and the lessons he imparted through his actions. While we will miss him dearly, we can find solace in the fact that he made our lives richer and our world brighter.
    10/17/2023 11:42 am
    henry lay lit a candle and writes,
    Bob will be greatly missed here at Cokesbury. Always so up beat and smiling
    10/21/2023 08:27 am
    Katie McCabe writes,
    I first met Bob when he volunteered as a tax preparer for AARP. Anyone who would do my taxes for me was immediately my best friend. I later came across him and wife, Edee, when I started working at Cokesbury Village 10 years ago. It was always great to see them; both were so friendly and pleasant. My condolences to Edee and the family. Katie McCabe (Acts Home Care)
    10/21/2023 11:25 pm
    Alan Jewett lit a candle and writes,
    I had the privilege and pleasure of having Bob and Edee as Sunday school teachers when I was in high school. That experience enlightened me to what a positive and joyful life can be.
    10/22/2023 03:19 pm
    Igy Zabaleta lit a candle and writes,
    Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a fantastic human being and loads of fun. He will be sorely missed. All my love to the family Igy
    10/24/2023 11:45 am
    Jane Lee lit a candle and writes,
    I did not know Bob but had the pleasure of a class with Edee at OLLI. My deepest condolences for your loss.
    11/20/2023 08:49 am
    John Keyser writes,
    I was a classmate of Bob's at Lawrenceville, have very fond memories. I remember he was always kind and surely a class act, in all ways.
    02/02/2024 12:27 pm

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