Robert C. Dorey, Jr.
Norfolk – We are happy to report that Bob received his long awaited “Promotion” on Monday, February 22, 2016.
The “Promotion” will require that he relocate; but have no worries, his new location will be heavenly and filled with family and friends. It goes without saying that Bob loved his old life and everyone that made that life so full and beautiful.
A Virginia native, born in Roanoke, he lived most of his life in Norfolk. His “Promotion” will reunite him with his father, R. C. Dorey, Sr., and mother, Jessie Worrell Dorey, his sisters Betty and Frances and his beloved wife of 46 years, Mary Ellen, along with countless good friends and other relatives. Bob’s children Cameron and wife Sue (Pittsburgh), Don (Virginia Beach) and Temple (Norfolk) and grandchildren Ashley Allman and husband Bailey (Virginia Beach), Katherine Dorey (New York), David and Andrew Dorey (Pittsburgh) will miss him but know he is only a wondrous thought away.
We would like to share some of the rest of Bob’s resume’. While at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) studying Engineering, Bob traded his slide rule for a helmet and ill-fitting boots to join the U.S. Army as an infantry-man. He landed on the coast of France approximately D-Day plus 12 and proceeded with his company onward to Germany. Part of his company was cut off from the rest in November 1944 and Bob was taken prisoner. After the war he returned to VPI and graduated as part of the Class of 1944. He worked at the Newport News Shipyard before going into the Electrical Contracting business at Virginia Carolina Electrical Works, Inc. Bob took over the business and founded Dorey Electric Company in 1967 and ran the business until he retired in 1986. Bob loved spending his days with family, friends and his beloved schnauzers. He was very active in his church, First United Methodist Church of Norfolk, as well as several local organizations including the Norfolk Sports Club, the Kiwanis Club of Suburban Norfolk and Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. He was a lifetime member of the Hokie Club, a Golden Hokie and an all-around great Hokie. We would like to apologize for all the disparaging things he said to his Wahoo friends, even though he probably meant them. Bob had talked about his “Promotion” for some time–and to you, Bob, we say “Congratulations and We Love You”!
We would also like to thank on behalf of Bob and his family the tremendous staff at Harbor’s Edge and the hospice nurses who provided excellent care.