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Saturday, April 20, 2013
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Robert Young Fernandez

Robert Young Fernandez, Sr., passed away on April 16, 2013. He was 82, born Oct. 19, 1930. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Dorothy Betty-Jean Marshall Fernandez of Nashville, Tenn., and his parents, Oscar Young Fernandez and Valentina Angelina Fernandez, both of Key West. He was their only child. He is survived by his sons Robert Jr. (Susan) of Tallahassee, Fla., Frank (Pam) of Elizabeth City, N.C. and Tony of Key West and his daughter Mary Jane of Tallahassee, Fla. He also has 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Bob or "RF" as most knew him served in the Air Force from 1950 to1954 after which he attended Cleavite Reasearch Institute in Miami to continue his education while working at Herman Electronics. He moved his family back to Key West and opened RF Electronics on Bertha Street until he became the electronics teacher at Key West High School in 1974. He retired in 1996 and had recently moved to Tallahassee, Fla., due to poor health. RF loved to go fishing and help at the church. He also would talk about and to his many fruit trees and plants that he tended to everyday. He had quite the green thumb.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Stained Glass Restoration Fund of Grace Lutheran Church, 2713 Flagler Ave., Key West, Fla.