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Robert "Bob" Demmy
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Robert (Bob) Demmy, age 91, passed away peacefully while sleeping on March 7, 2017, surrounded by loving family. Bob was born on November 28, 1925 near Ephrata, PA. He was the youngest of 12 siblings, growing up on a farm with no running water or electricity. After serving in the Marines during World War II, he attended Franklin & Marshall College to study physics under the GI Bill, becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college. After graduation, he went on to have a very successful career designing and building the first color television for RCA including earning three U.S. patents for inventing various color TV tube technologies. He later managed research and became the Vice President for Zenith Radio Corporation’s international operations in Taipei.

Early in his career, he also met and fell in love with his wife, Phyllis Rabold. They had 2 children, Janice and Gregg. Bob was a loving husband and father, and also quite smart, athletic, fun, and productive. He performed in and helped manage both the American Legion’s Drum and Bugle Corp and Firing Squad in Ephrata, PA, played semi-pro hockey for Lancaster Dutchmen, and built two homes. He was very handy, could build or fix most anything, and was very generous with this gift, frequently offering his services for others. He and his family managed Camp Mathieu for Off-the-Street Club of Chicago from 1978 to 2007.

Phyllis passed away in 1980. A few years later, Bob remarried Jody Ranck of Elgin Illinois. Shortly thereafter they retired, briefly lived to Fearrington Village and then Wilmington, NC. After 17 years, Jody and Bob divorced.

Bob enjoyed a long retirement, playing golf and tennis, swimming, biking, and spending time with family, especially with his grandson, Tyler, teaching him how to build circuits and model planes, and playing games. Bob recently came to live with Janice in Chapel Hill and rode the EZRider Bus to attend Charles House Eldercare. The neighbors enjoyed Bob’s presence, especially listening to his whistling skills while doing yardwork. Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Bob is survived by two children, Janice Demmy French and Gregg Demmy; grandson, Tyler French; son-in-law, Chuck French; brother-in-law, Jack Rabold; and Jack’s wife, Arlene Rabold; and their children, Mike Rabold and Lisa Klein.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Clements Funeral Service, at 1105 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705. Directions and other information available at:

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