Robert, "Bob" Bickerstaffe, Jr., well known for his concern for the City of Clearwater, died Thursday, February 2, 2006, after a long illness. For 56 years Bob was a concerned citizen of Clearwater in every sense of the word. He worked publicly and untiringly for every project he felt would benefit his beloved city.
He served on the Planning and Zoning Board for 16 years, spoke frequently at City Commission meetings and encouraged others to get involved.
As a small plane pilot and leaseholder of the Clearwater Executive Airport for 20 years, he promoted aviation as an economic advantage in Clearwater.
Mr. Bickerstaffe's interest in Clearwater extended to running for the City Commission seven times, starting in 1960 when he very nearly won by conducting the first write-in campaign in the city's history.
Born in Boston, he graduated from Boston University with a degree in industrial technology and aviation.
A Navy veteran, he came to Clearwater in 1949 where he opened Clearwater Flying Company International Airport, before operating the Clearwater Executive Airport. He was a member of Chapel-By-The-Sea and Sertoma International.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara: four children; Cheryl, Lee, Cathy and Robert Bickerstaff III; two sisters; Carol Hilton of Glastonbury, Conn., and Peggy Lewis of Delmar, N.Y., and a brother, Danny, of Massachusetts.
A memorial service will be held February 15 at 11 a.m. at Chapel-By-The-Sea, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach. National Cremation Society in Largo is in charge of arrangements.
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