Robert Parker Seass of Naples, FL, formerly of Princeton,NJ,died peacefully June 21 after a lengthy Illness, his wife Michele at his side. Born in Chicago July 31, 1939, the son of the late Arthur Robert Seass and Helen Parker. Bob was raised in Two Rivers, WI. He attended Washington High School and Northwestern University. He graduated from University of Wisconsin and received his MBA at the University of Chicago. He served in the Air Force Reserves.
His professional career started with Arthur Anderson. In 1966 he joined The Harris Bank and Trust in Chicago. In 1978 he moved to Richmond, VA as CFO of First and Merchants National Bank. He participated in the highly successful merger with VA National Bank forming VA's largest banking firm-Sovran Financial Corporation. In 1985 he returned to Chicago as CFO of Dean Witter Financial Services of Sears Roebuck for the start up of the Discover Card. Shortly afterwards he was asked to move to NYC and became corporate controller of Dean Witter Discover. The eventual merger of Dean Witter Discover and Morgan Stanley presented his last professional challenge before retiring to Naples only to be met with the challenge of golf.
Bob was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, the American Institute of CPA's, Financial Executives Institute, Sons of the Revolution, the Commonwealth Club and Greater Naples Leadership. He was a past member of the Chicago Yacht Club and the Rappahanock River Yacht Club.
Bob appreciated fine food, wine, and travel, especially to Paris with Michele. Living close to NYC allowed him to explore the multitude of New York bistros. This hobby resulted in the moniker of "Bistro Bob" and the 1999 publication of Best Bistros and Brasseries of New York, a joint effort of his fellow office gourmands. In 2002 he published Favorite Paris Bistros, his guide to enjoying Paris, for he thought the real heart and soul of Paris could be found in their bistros.
Bob was a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humor who loved being with his family and friends. Some of his favorite family moments were spent sailing on Lake Michigan or the Chesapeake Bay and skiing in Europe and out West.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 43 years, Michele Johnson; stepson, J.Christopher Schoen(Melissa); grandchildren, Jessica, Jack and Nathaniel Schoen; a neice, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his beloved daughters, Amy Kathryn and Jennifer Parker; his stepson, Andrew Schoen; and his sister, Jane Langert.
A memorial service will be held in Naples Saturday, August 4, 11 AM at Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church. Contributions in his memory may be made to; the Parkinson's Association of SW FL, 5926 Premier Way #114 Naples,FL 34109 or Avow Hospice ,1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples,FL 34105.
The family wishes to thank Marilin Damer for her tireless devotion to Bob.