Obituary: Robert "Bob" William Colburn Jr.

Obituary: Robert "Bob" William Colburn Jr., 79, of Ocoee, died Oct. 30, 2023.

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Robert "Bob" William Colburn Jr., age 79, of Ocoee, Florida, passed away on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023. He was born in Albany, New York, on Oct. 7, 1944, to Robert W. Colburn Sr. and Doris Cole Colburn.

He was raised in Rochester, New York. He attended Washington Irving Elementary School and Gates-Chili Central High School, where he graduated in 1962 and was an All-County soccer player. He is a graduate of Valencia Community College, in Orlando, Florida, with an AA and an AS degree in Hotel Restaurant Management. He also has an AOS from the Culinary Institute of America.

He was a Vietnam Veteran (1966-1971) and a lifetime VFW Post 4305 member.

He moved to Florida in 1971 and started a 37-year career with the Walt Disney World Resort. He retired in 2008.

Bob loved to collect vintage paper items, Disneyana, and other vintage collectibles. He was president of the Ocoee Little League for six years, served on the Second Harvest Food Bank Board of Directors for 11 years and the City of Ocoee Board of Adjustment for 32 years.

Bob was a deacon and elder at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church (renamed Quest Church).

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Marjorie (Margie); son, Bobby (Robert W. Colburn III); his mother, Doris Colburn; and his father, Robert W. Colburn Sr.

He is survived by his son, William "Bill" Colburn; daughter, Amy "Kook" (Toni Gott) Colburn; daughter-in-law, Laura; grandchildren, Brittany, Hunter, Chloe, Logan, Ace and Axl; one great-granddaughter; his beloved dog and cats; sister, Sherry (Lee) Wigfield; nephew, Jeff (Nicole) Wigfield and their three daughters, Madison, Mckenna and Macey.

A visitation for Bob will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha, FL 34734. A funeral service will occur from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at Quest Church, 1450 Citrus Oaks Avenue, Gotha, FL 34734. A committal service will occur from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha, FL 34734.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.


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