Robert “Bob” Edward Barkman

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

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 08, 2009
    Dennis Laston says:
    Barkman family, I was saddened to hear of Bobs unexpected passing. Bob and I came on The same class together, on the fire dept.and never saw that much of Bob after we became Firefighters . Guess he started studying to become a Chief, not me. 63 years is way to soon to leave this life, however Bob passed without a long illness or being confined to a bed in his later years, just The way I hope to do it, when my time comes. Rest in peace Bob, you earned it.0

  • August 08, 2009
    Tim Boaden says:
    My condolences to the Barkman family

  • August 08, 2009
    Steve Zuber says:
    I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. He was a great person and very well respected. The Toledo Fire Dept. was a better place to work if you had the opportunity to work with him! He will be missed by many, but his memory will live on. My prayers go out to you. My sincere sympathy.

  • August 08, 2009
    mike hertzfeld says:
    Bob and I came on the job together in 1972 and I was fortunate enough to work together with him as Battalion Chiefs. I was surprised and saddened to learn of his loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I am sure you will cherish the thousands of good memories of Bob.

  • August 08, 2009
    Roger VanGunten says:
    Ginny, Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Bob. He spoke of you often. No one had time to say "Good bye". Brian, Your father was a "Great Man".He wore two uniforms in life and his greatest job was father.He loved you very much. Roger & Bev ...class of "72 TFD