May 2023

Robert Trowbridge, Jr.

May 6, 1933
May 26, 2023

Ponte Vedra Beach

Robert Trowbridge, Jr.

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Robert Trowbridge, Jr., 90, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, passed away May 26, 2023.

Bob was born in Washington, Connecticut, on May 6th, 1933 and passed away on May 26, 2023. He graduated from Salisbury School and Georgia Institute of Technology. He was a member of the Army ROTC and fulfilled his eight-year tenure, gaining the rank of Major, in the Army Corps of Engineers Reserve. He worked for Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Washington, D.C., until 1968, when he founded Trowbridge Steel Company, Inc., in Northern Virginia, a reinforcing steel fabricating facility. Bob was active in the following organizations: Associated Builders and Contractors; President, Washington, D.C., Chapter of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute; and Northern Virginia Builders Association.

As an avid sportsman, he was a pitcher for Georgia Tech baseball, coached Little League baseball and soccer for over a dozen years, achieved a three handicap in golf with nine hole-in-ones, was an IFR rated pilot piloting his own planes. He enjoyed tennis, long distance biking (the longest routes being the entire Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway). He loved Duplicate Bridge, amassing over four thousand Master Points; in 1992 he envisioned and then shepherded the founding of the Jacksonville School of Bridge, which, thanks to hundreds of dedicated volunteers, has continuously thrived as a center for learning and playing Bridge.

He is survived by his loving wife, June; sons, Robert and Thom (he was preceded by son, John); grandchildren, Courtney, Kirk, Cooper, Melinda, J.T., William and Grayson; sister, Cornelia; and many, many dear friends.