Robert Walter Delamarter
June 15, 1935- April 19, 2021
Robert Walter Delamarter was born to Walter and Ruth Delamarter in Hawthorne, New Jersey. He had four sisters who doted on him. In his early years he enjoyed racing box cars, working for his uncle at the car dealership, and learning skills as a boy scout. After high school, he joined the Army and was a member of the Presidential Honor Guard. He attended University of Maryland with a focus on drafting and engineering.
He met his wife Ann, while she was in nursing school and he was serving in the Army. According Bob, it was love at first sight when he saw her singing in the church choir Easter Sunday. They married on July 8, 1956 and shared a wonderful life of more than 65 years together. Over the course of their marriage they lived in Maryland (Fort Washington Forest, Lusby, Solomons) and Virginia (Arlington, Mineral). Bob designed and supervised the building of two of their homes to highlight their love of nature and water. These homes allowed them to enjoy boating, fishing, gardening, and entertaining friends and family.
Family has always been one of the most important parts of Ann and Bob’s life. Their love produced four children who learned their values of hard work, integrity, and love: daughter Linda and Mike Mahler; son Bobby and Kim Delamarter; daughter Nancy and Allen Trawick; and son Jim and Carla Delamarter. Bob was a loving grandfather to Robbie, Michael, Dianna, Aimee, Chad, Rosalie, Kenny, Lindsay, Emily, Allison, Mikayla, and Hunter. His blessings grew when he became a great-grandfather to Waverly. Trips camping, fishing, and to the Outer Banks with this large group, nicknamed the Delamahlerwicks, brought great joy to all.
Everyone knew him by his nickname, “Big Bob”. His zest for life, engaging smile, quick wit, and ability to talk to just about anyone allowed him to excel as a salesman, leader, and great friend to many. Bob loved to entertain, cook, and lend a hand to others. His pig roasts, crab feasts, and spaghetti and meatballs were legendary. Bob shared his talents in every community he lived in. He was a boy scout leader, football coach, and local pool board member.
Ann and Bob joined the Asbury- Solomons community 18 years ago. They were delighted to spend time with their fellow residents. Bob was an active member of the community including the Party People (especially planning and cooking for events like Octoberfest and New Year’s Eve) and clubs focused on gardening, fishing, and woodworking. One of his favorite roles was that of Santa Claus at the Asbury holiday parties.
Bob had a great spirit and love of life. He was devoted to Ann, his family, and friends. He will live on in the hearts of many.
Services: Private. A Celebration of Life gathering will be planned when COVID restrictions allow.
Monday, April 19, 2021