Philip Gregory Bobb, 96, of Port Charlotte, FL, was born on November 18, 1920 to Rennie and Mary Bobb. He went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 28, 2017.
He was born in Grenada, and grew up in the city of Mama Cannes and attended grade school in Crochu. In 1934, as a teenager, he immigrated to Trinidad, where he later became a citizen. Philip enjoyed his young adult life. He was an amazing dancer who was affectionately called “Fred Astaire” by his friends. Philip was always a hard worker. He was employed for 21 years as a heavy equipment operator by the government of Trinidad and Tobago. He worked on the docks of Port of Spain as a heavy equipment operator until 1967. In 1967, Philip decided to immigrate once more, this time to the United States. He took up residence in the Bronx then later Brooklyn, New York, and worked as a security guard at the Bowery Bank in Manhattan, until retiring to live as a permanent resident of Port Charlotte in 1986, where he kept himself very busy. Philip loved working in his yard, doing odd jobs. He especially loved working with the Baseball teams that came to Port Charlotte for training camp.
Philip accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He became a Deacon and an active member of United Evangelical & Missionary Outreach Church in Port Charlotte, Florida. Philip always said that one of the highlights of his being a member was the church’s ministry of visiting the sick and elderly. He felt especially fortunate to bring the word of God to individuals who were not physically able to attend church. Philip loved reading his bible and was always up for discussion about God’s word.
He is survived by his wife Rita R. Bobb; sons Mervyn, Julian, Kelvin, David and Trevor; daughter, Cheryl; several grandchildren along with seven siblings, McLawrence, Michael, Enid, Olga, Joseph, Elimus, and Faith; a number of nieces and nephews, and family friend, Una R. Douglas. Philip was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline.
Visitation will be held this Saturday, May 6, 2017, beginning at 9:30 a.m., until start of funeral service at 10 a.m. at the United Evangelical & Missionary Outreach Church, at 4200 Juniper Street in Port Charlotte. Committal and entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte.
Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel.