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 www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com

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


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  • August 08, 2009
    DAVID HILTON says:
    I WOKKED WITH BOB AS A MEDIC FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. EXCELLANT MEDIC, FIREMAN, AND ALL AROUND PERSON. HE WAS WELL LIKED BY ALL AS HE TREATED EVERYONE WITH RESPECT. MY CONDOLENCES TO ALL HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WE HAVE LOST OME OF THE "GOOD GUYS," BUT ONE THAT WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR ALONG TIME

  • August 08, 2009
    David Raszka says:
    Ginny, We were shocked and saddened to see Bob's obituary in The Blade. Please accept our deepest condolences and know that the Barkman family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Dave, Susan and Scott Raszka

  • August 07, 2009
    Jim and Chris Davis says:
    We enjoyed working with Bob on the ToledoFire Department and will always remember him with great respect. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim and Chris

  • August 07, 2009
    Jim Thomas says:
    My deepest sympathy to Ginny and Brian. Bob was a good friend and loyal comrade. Worked hard and yes, played hard. His smiling face and good sense of humor will be sorley missed by all. With sympathy, Jim Thomas

  • August 07, 2009
    DALE SCHULTZ says:
    FAMILY AD FRIENDS, ANOTHER FINE HUMAN BEING, TAKEN FROM US, BUT ALWAYS, IN OUR MEMORIES. WORKED WITH BOB,TFD,WONDERFUL GUY! OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL, REGARDS, MR & MRS DALE SCHULTZ