We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A.
Robert Dunn (Bobby), a resident of Conway, SC, passed away peacefully on November 4th in his home after a courageous battle with Cancer. He was loved, admired, and respected by all that knew him.
Bobby was born in Quantico, Virginia on August 3rd,1960 and was preceded in death by his Father Carl D. Dunn.
Surviving to cherish his memory are his mother Aura, his wife of (31) year’s Anna, daughter Regan, son Evan, brothers Carl and Edward and sisters Rita and Cynthia, grandchildren Landon and Adalynn.
Bobby started in the Fire Protection Industry in the early 1980’s,quickly realizing his passion. He moved his way up over the years eventually opening A.R.E. Fire protection in 2000 with his wife Anna. Bobby and Anna decided in 2010 to close the business and take the experience gained to Fire & Life Safety America. Bobby spent the remainder of his career at FLSA, joyfully sharing his knowledge. He very much enjoyed what he did, helping to shape young minds for the future of the industry.
Bobby was a very easy going and friendly person. He never met a stranger. Friends seem to become family. You always knew where he stood as he was an open book. He was kind, always the first to jump in, lending a helping hand to those in need without being asked. He had a sense of humor and always left you with a smile. He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and family and yet, a firm understanding of what was important- the simplicity of living life with those you love.
Bobby’s real joy was his family. He was a man devoted to providing for and taking care of his wife and children. He played a very active role in his children’s lives from the day they were born, making sure they knew they were loved. Giving encouragement along the way while offering advice and constructive criticism when needed. Coaching Regan’s youth soft ball team and attending her swim meets, being present for every practice and cheering Evan on at each football game starting at age 9.
Over the years his children and their friends would refer to, “The Book of Bob”. This was many of the sayings he would tell the kids while giving advice or commenting on recent events. “Don’t take it to the 5-yard line and take a knee”, “See what happens when you use your brain”, “Keep your eye on the prize”, “It is what it is”! Regan and Evan would often remember these sayings and laugh. All had meaning and all were said with love.
During his last days, he spent time with his close friends and family, thinking of others as always. Giving advice and instructions like, “Anna sell the riding mower, you’ll never use it,” or “Get rid of the blower, you can’t start it anyway, need a battery operated one.” In the end, he was at peace. He passed away in his own home in the arms of his wife. He did it his way!
Bobby will be missed terribly by all that knew him. We are left with a giant hole in our hearts as we try to figure out life without him. He said many times that he wanted people to smile while thinking of him, tells stories, laugh, have a good time and move on. We will do our best to do just that, using all the love and memories made!