Robert “Bob” Edward Barkman

May 30, 1946 - August 4, 2009
Robert “Bob” Edward Barkman

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Robert “Bob” Edward Barkman, 63, of Waterford Leland died Tuesday August 4, 2009 at his residence.

Surviving are his wife of 27 years Virginia “Ginny” Barkman and their son Brian Barkman of the home; mother Margaret Saunders Barkman of Wilmington, brother David Barkman and wife Sharon of Wilmington and Fred Barkman of Toledo, Ohio. Also surviving are his mother-in-law Mary Agnes “Mac” and husband Carl Nickels of Ft. Myers, FL.

Bob was born in Queens, NY May 30, 1946 and was predeceased by his father Francis Elwood Barkman and father-in-law Donald Timony. Bob and Ginny relocated to Wilmington in 1996 after Bob retired from the city of Toledo where he served as the Battalion Fire Chief for many years. He also served his country faithfully in the United States Army.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be conducted 10:00 A.M Saturday, August 8, 2009 at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Burgaw. He will be buried in the family plot at Hopewell Presbyterian Church. The family will see friends after the service at the Pavilion at the Reserves in Waterford.

The family request memorials be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct, Glen Allen, VA 23060

Condolences may be made to the family at

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099

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  • August 07, 2009
    Bill Sulewski says:
    Ginny and Brian, I am sorry to hear about your loss. I learned a lot from Bob and he always told you what he thought. I respected that! My prayers and thoughts are with your family.

  • August 09, 2009
    Roger Ball says:
    I am so saddened to learn that Bob has left us, however, glad that he is now in a better place. Many Firefighters are honored when passing - about being a "Good Guy". Bob Barkman was a a "Great Guy" Honorable, Honest, Trustworthy and certainly a great friend to all. Prayers condolences and fond memories are in order!

  • August 09, 2009
    Bob Pflager says:
    Deepest regrets. A fine man and a good firefighter.

  • August 09, 2009
    Glen Mahan says:
    I was saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Our condolences to the family. I was privileged to work with Bob as a Firefighter & as a Paramedic. The Barkman family is in our thoughts & prayers.

  • August 08, 2009
    David V. Cobb says:
    Please except my condolences at the loss of your husband and father.I worked for Bob on the Department and had all the respect in the world for him!He would not ask you to do anything he wouldn't do himself and do it right!The world is a little sadder at his passing.