Robert Neal Gault, 82, of Gainesville FL was called to his eternal home on September 8, 2012. Bob was born in Raleigh, NC December 28, 1929. He retired from Eastern Airlines as Manager of Airline Performance after 33 years of service and moved to Gainesville 18 years ago where he worked as Station Manager for Gulfstream International Airlines for 5 years. Bob served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1947-1949 and the U.S. Army from 1950-1953 serving in Korea and Japan. He was an active member of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who loved without condition and made this world a better place.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Charlene Turner Gault, son Russell Gault of Gainesville, daughters Anita Smith (Jim ) of Gainesville and Pamela Murray (Ed ) of Orlando, grandchildren Andrea Townsley (Ken) of Thiensville, WI, Andy Smith of Rome, NY, Jennifer Petracca (Brian) of Lewiston, ID, great grandchildren Miranda Townsley and Savannah Petracca, nieces Valerie Williams (Steve) of Abbingdon, MD, Vicki Bradford (Charlie) of Silver Spring, MD and three nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 2:00pm at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 9700 W. Newberry Rd. Gainesville, FL 32606, with Pastor Alan Struckmeyer officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Abiding Savior Lutheran Church.
Grampy, we miss you so much but are comforted by the fact that you are with God now. I wish I could hug you one last time and that you could hold Miranda again. We will always remember you with smiles on our faces; looking at pictures reminds us of the fun times, the silliness and how devoted you were to our family. You were the first man in my life! I love you very much and appreciate everything you were. We will make sure Grammy is taken care of. We will all be reunited again when we reach our final resting place. Until then, much love, Andrea, Ken and Miranda.
To my dear Uncle Bob,
Though the miles separated us, I grew to know you and love you even more over the last few years since Daddy died. I will treasure always the story of your life that you were kind enough to share with me. You leave behind an incredible family who loved you with all their hearts, and there is no doubt they will carry on your love of adventure and generosity of spirit.
I will love you always and miss you already,
Char …. Our most sincere and deepest sympathy to you and your family.
The Bobster will be missed!
Love, LuLu & OMan
Jim & Anita,
You and your family are in our prayers. We pray that God will strengthen you during your time of bereavement. There are not enough words we could say to heal you of your loss, but we pray that God will let his peace abide in your hearts. In this time of sadness, our prayer is that you find strength in God and comfort from the loving thoughts and words of others.
Rodney & Sandra Cooper
To Pam Murray , Our prayers of strength and comfort are with you.
When I think of how Bob touched my life, I mostly think about how much I looked up to him.
There are many, many reasons why I’ll always think so highly about Bob. Foremost was his love and devotion for Charlene. If something was important to her, it became important to him. They were happily married for 52 years, and I know that until his very last day, his top concern was for Charlene’s happiness.
I also admire him because of the kind of father he was to ‘Nita, Russ and Pam. It was clear he loved them very much. He instilled in them the values that defined who he was. He was a man of faith who kept promises, honored commitment, maintained his integrity, and valued trust and honesty. These values clearly live on through them.
He was a great father-in-law. He helped me when I couldn’t quite figure out relationship issues. He set an excellent example and offered sound advice about being a good husband. He certainly was an expert on Turner/Gault women!
Bob was the best Grampy that Andy and Andrea could have asked for. He was gentle and direct in helping them learn how to navigate the world. More than a few times, when ‘Nita and I were trying to help our kids with a difficult time, we often thought about what Bob might have done in a similar situation.
My own Dad died when I was a teenager, and Bob became a source of guidance for me over the 25 years since I met ‘Nita and joined the family. He taught me about love, patience, frugalness and the importance of family traditions. He even tried to teach me how to be a better golfer, although his lessons didn’t sink in so well. More than anything, he taught me about the importance of always doing the right thing.
I will miss my good friend.
Pam and Gault family,
We are so very sorry for loss and extend you our deepest sympathy.
Our family is praying for yours during this difficult time.
Shannon & Victor
Our sympathy and prayers go out to the Robert Gault family.
Harry & Alice Murray
To my Father in Law Bob,
While we miss you very much we know that you are with god and enjoying his comfort. We celebrate daily your life, love and wisdom and we will think of you until we see you again. Take good care of Chester, Charley and Poundcake for us and we’ll keep the squirrels away here on earth.
Please know that we are lifting you up in prayer. May God give you strength and comfort.
I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. In reading these comments, it is obvious that your father leaves a legacy of great love and respect. He will always live in your heart and I hope that brings some small comfort.