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Robert Gilmer Pope

Posted By Hall-Wynne On December 25, 2010 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

In Memorial

Robert Gilmer Pope, 86, died at Croasdaile Village Pavilion, Durham, NC on December 25, 2010.

He was born May 1, 1924 in Haddonfield, NJ, to the late George Embry Pope and Helen Gilmer Pope.

Robert graduated from Lehigh University after serving as an Ensign in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

He was Owner-Partner of W.S. Pope & Sons Cheese Company in Philadelphia while living in Haddonfield. He was active with the Presbyterian Church and raised funds for the Camden County YMCA.

He retired to Southern Pines, NC with Ann, his wife, and continued his charitable ways by assisting Habitat for Humanity in building homes in Moore County.

He was a true gentleman and a loving and kind-hearted man. His caring and generosity was felt by all who loved and knew him.

Robert is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ann Tilden Pope; his sister, Jean Franz, of Bethlehem, PA; two sons, Mason Gilmer Pope and wife Kathleen of Voorhees, NJ and Richard Tilden Pope and wife Kathy of Jamestown, NC; seven grandchildren and one great grandson. Robert was preceded in death by his older brother, Walter Scott Pope.

A memorial service will be held at William Preston Few Chapel in Croasdaile Village on Wednesday , December 29, 2010 at 2:30 PM. A private cremation service was held at Hall-Wynne Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Duke Homecare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Durham, NC 27704.

The family would like to extend a very special thanks to the entire staff at Croasdaile Village for their help, support and caring.

Hall-Wynne Funeral Services is assisting the family 919 688-6387. Online condolences www.hallwynne.com

Condolences for the family of “Robert Gilmer Pope”

Condolence from Elizabeth Cox on December 29th, 2010 12:00 am

Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills sends love and blessings to the Pope family. Robert G. Pope was a great part of making us successful–we have built 186 homes to date because of active, committed board members like him. He will be sorely missed by his Habitat family in the Sandhills. I would have been at the service but just read about his death in today’s paper. Our prayers are with the family.

Condolence from Judie Wiggins on December 29th, 2010 12:00 am

I only had the opportunity to meet Bob on one occasion, but have heard many Habitat stories about his tremendous help starting this affiliate. Our staff is humbled to have had his dedication and Christian leadership in our history. We will always continue to build in his honor.

Judie Wiggins, Volunteer Coordinator, HFH of the NC Sandhills

Condolence from Walter & Betty Smith Reid on December 30th, 2010 12:00 am

Our deepest sympathy from another Lehigh student. Have spoken of your often, but never had your Durham address. We are sure you have wonderful memories to help you through this trying time.

Condolence from Peggy raney on December 31st, 2010 12:00 am

My sympathy to Ann and the Pope family. I knew Bob back in the early days of Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills in the 1990’s. He was so dedicated to Habitat and did so much work on our sites, on the board and everywhere he felt the need to be. Bob was always coming up with new ways to build more and better houses. I will always think of him with that great smile. He will be missed. I’m so glad he and Ann came for our little reunion in 2007. It was so nice to see both of them. I know Bob is smiling in heaven.
Love to all,
Peggy Raney

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