Robert Freeman Plane, Sr.

Robert “Bob” Freeman Plane, Sr., 89, of Miami Beach, Florida went to his eternal rest on July 10, 2019.

Bob was born in Atlanta, Georgia on September 19, 1929 to William and May Plane.

His family made their way to the Miami area in the 1940’s where he met June, the love of his life, and the woman who was to become his wife of 65 glorious years.

Bob was a loving, hardworking and devoted family man. Throughout his life he wore many “hats.” As a young man, he sang at the Olympia Theater, under the name Bob Freeman, delivered telegrams, ran a hobby shop, was ski patrol and ski lift operator for Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the Catskill Mountains, and was an elevator operator at the Miami News, which was located in what is now the Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami.

In the mid 1950’s Bob began a 27 year career at the City of Miami Beach, starting in the air conditioning department and working his way to become Electrical Supervisor for the entire city until he retired in 1983.

Throughout his life, Bob taught himself construction, carpentry, tiling, plumbing and all facets of home building and remolding. He built, repaired and cared for other peoples’ homes from New York State to Miami Beach.

In 1989, Bob took his knowledge and expertise to Blowing Rock, North Carolina where he built his dream house. He and June spent many wonderful years together splitting their time between there and Miami Beach. After June’s passing in October of 2015, Bob spent the rest of his life with his daughter, April, and her family in Miami Beach.

Bob was predeceased by his sister, Helen Bergdoll; and brother, William Plane. Bob is survived by his son, Robert F. Plane, Jr., his wife, Barbara, and their son, Sean, of Blowing Rock, North Carolina; son, Charles G. Plane, his wife, Linda, and their son, Daniel, of Boone, North Carolina, and daughter, April J. Plane-Teboe, her husband, Glenn, and their daughters, Cindy and Amber, of Miami Beach, Florida.

There will be a Visitation at Hampton’s Funeral Home, 693 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC on Wednesday, July 17 from 12:30 until 1:00 p.m. Followed by a graveside service at Woodlawn Park in Blowing Rock, North Carolina at 1:30 p.m.

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