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Former Fort Myers Beach Mayor Robert (Bob) Raymond dies

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Sep 16, 2020

Former Fort Myers Beach Mayor Robert (Bob) Raymond has died.

Robert Raymond, former mayor of Fort Myers Beach and until this year a Fort Myers Beach Fire Commissioner, died on Sept. 9 after a yearlong battle from the effects of a stroke. He was 80.

A native of New Hampshire, he worked for Gibson Greetings – one of the nation’s largest greeting card manufacturers. He owned a Century 21 real estate business and later was a managing broker for Prudential Verani before retiring to Fort Myers Beach. Raymond also worked real estate here before getting involved in politics.

In addition to his service on the town council and fire commission, he also volunteered to serve on the Local Planning Agency. He stepped down from his seat on the Fire Commission in January.

Fort Myers Beach Executive Assistant Fire Chief Ron Martin called Raymond “a committed champion for our district and our town.” Martin described Raymond as “altruistic.”

Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman Larry Wood said he knew Raymond while principal of Beach Elementary School. “He worked really seamlessly with the schools,” Wood said. Wood said Raymond was active in fundraisers for the school. “He was supportive of anything that was positive on the beach.”

According to an obituary from his family, he is survived by his wife of 45 years, Donna (Murphy) Raymond, son Bryan Raymond and his wife Dianna, daughters, Karin Raymond and Colette Tyler and husband Christopher, a brother Maurice and sister-in-law Jacqueline Raymond. “Bob was always watching out for budgets and making sure the town got its monies worth,” stated the obituary.

“He wanted the pencil to be sharp,” Wood said.

Wood’s family requests that donations be made to the fire department in lieu of flowers and gifts. Donations can be made to the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District, PO Box 2880, Fort Myers Beach, Florida, 33932. A memorial service will be announced later. A graveside service will take place at Atkinson Cemetery in Atkinson, New Hampshire at a later date.