Robert “Bob” Henry Woolley, 74, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Born in Florence, South Carolina, he moved with his family to Green Cove Springs in 1990. Almost a Florida native, he graduated from Dunedin High School in 1963 where he was voted “Most Congenial”. This honor attained as a high school student was demonstrated throughout his life as he always had a kind word to share and smile on his face. He loved sports and earned a baseball scholarship to Florida State University, where he graduated in 1968.
Bob served his country in the United States Air Force as a pilot and air traffic controller, retiring after 23 years of service. His last duty station was in Kansas City, Kansas where he was the Air Force Liaison to the Federal Aviation Administration. Bob’s passion for aviation began at a young age while living near the Clearwater Airpark. He was a mentor for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) chapter at Haller Airpark, as well as the liaison for their scholarship program for students ages 17-20 to receive their private pilot’s license. Bob participated in many flyovers as part of “The Dreamland Squadron” every year for different occasions, including the annual Memorial Day RiverFest held in Green Cove Springs. He was a participant every year in the Young Eagles fly-in held at Haller Airpark. He was always willing to share his knowledge in building planes, having built more than a dozen himself. Living at the Airpark and having his planes with him had always been his dream.
Mr. Woolley is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Sandy Woolley; two daughters, Theresa Lynn Turner and Buffy Kathleen Briggs (Jeff); three grandsons, Ryan Turner, Preston Turner, and Aaron Briggs; as well as many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Gendron and Margie Lee Cox.
Funeral services will be held at 9:00am Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in the chapel of Russell Haven of Rest with military honors provided by the United States Air Force and a flyover by friends of “The Dreamland Squadron”. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made in Bob’s memory to the EAA “SUN ‘n FUN – Florida Takes Flight” scholarship fund. Checks can be sent to 4175 Medulla Rd., Lakeland, FL 33811 or designated as such on the EAA website https://www.eaa.org/eaa/apps/donations/donationform.
Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. Family and friends may share their condolences at: www.RHRFH.com 904-284-7720
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