Robert Norman Bakley, 79, died Sunday August 11th, 2013 surrounded by his loving family after suffering a heart attack. A service to honor Mr. Bakley’s memory will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home, Greenville, NC.
Bob was born on September 21st, 1933 in Camden NJ, and was the second son of Steward and Violet Bakley. As a young man, he attended Pennsauken Junior High School and Merchantville High School, both in New Jersey. During his high school years, Bob was active in the student council and played both varsity basketball and football. He graduated from Peirce Junior College in 1960 and passed the CPA exam in 1965. Subsequently, Bob finished first in a rigorous National Competitive Exam sponsored by the American Institute of Public Accountants.
Mr. Bakley worked at Pennsylvania Railroad before joining the firm of Main, Lafrentz & Company as a senior accountant. The respect of his peers, his wide-spread professional recognition, his ethics and his wisdom led to a multi-year career overseas with the Foreign Service, specifically the US Agency for International Development. Bob’s time with the USAID included tours in India, Egypt, the Philippines and Pakistan. Bob also worked in Singapore for the Private Investment Company of Asia (PICA) and worked for the Asian Development Bank in Manila while on loan from the USAID. Bob eventually returned to the private sector, and during his later years worked for Enron as president of Dabol Power in India.
After his retirement, Bob enjoyed spending time with his family in Falls Church, VA and Greenville, NC.
Bob is survived by his wife, Ruth Bakley; his three sons, Robert Jr., William and Daniel; five grandchildren, Kelly, Jonathan, Matthew, Luke and Danielle; and two great grandchildren, Gabriel and Michael. Bob’s daughter, Linda, predeceased him.