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 over 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. He also has 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Bob, or "RF" as most knew him, served in the Air Force from 1950 to 1954, after which he attended Cleavite Research 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 due to poor health.
RF loved to go fishing and help out at the church. He also would talk about and to his many fruits trees and plants he tended every day. He had quite the green thumb.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013, at Key West Cemetery on the family plot at the corner of Fourth and Magnolia. The service will be performed by Pastor Knapp of Grace Lutheran Church. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Stained Glass Restoration Fund of Grace Lutheran Church, 2713 Flagler Ave., Key West, FL 33040.