Bob was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to mother, Augusta Garlich and father Nicholas Tabit; he was not expected to live, so he was baptized in the hospital on November 16, 1930, Robert James Tabit. God had other plans for him and granted him 92 years and 363 days of a good life.
He married Edwina, his bride of 71 years, and together they had three children, Leslie Gay Tabit Cooper who predeceased him in 2016, Dr. Christopher Rob Tabit and Kymberlee Ann Nalamalahia. He leaves behind two nephews, Douglas Tabit and Dwight Tabit and niece Dale Tabit.
Bob served in the Army during the Korean conflict and attained the rank of Sergeant. He attended Rutgers University on the GI bill and was later recognized with the Quilt of Valor in 2019 to honor and comfort those touched by war.
Bob and Edwina joined the Presbyterian Church in Hillside, N.J. and in Middletown, N.J. before moving to Lewisburg, Pa where they helped refurbish the church after a flood destroying the bottom floors of the church. Bob and Edwina moved to Naples, Florida where he served as a Deacon and Elder. They moved to Palm Coast to be closer to family where he served as an Elder in the Trinity Presbyterian church for almost 20 years.
He was an active member of Rotary International including two terms as President. Robert and his family hosted students from around the world as well as sending two of his own abroad through the International Exchange Student program.
Bob was a dedicated leader in the Boy Scouts and served on numerous committees and countless organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, 20 years as an active member of the Garden Club of Palm Coast, president for 2 terms and active for 20 years including the Audubon Club and was a master gardener. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his quick wit and his love of family and all humanity.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Trinity Presbyterian church, 156 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast, Fl 32137 on January 13, 2024 at 11:00 am. The Rev. Sheryl Sumlin-Walker, pastor.