Robert H. “Bob” Bertram, 91, of West Fenwick, Del., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, from advanced Alzheimer’s disease, which he had been struggling with for several years. He was born on March 24, 1925, in Marshallberg, N.C., to Frederick de Maurville Bertram and Mareita Alpha (de Ogburn) Bertram.
As a child, he traveled the Lower 48, as his father’s job was teaching ballistics for the Coast Guard. Bertram attended Glen Burnie Senior High School in Maryland and enlisted in the Army Air Force shortly after graduation. He served as a flight engineer on B-24 Liberators and saw action in both the European and North African theaters of World War II. He received several commendations, including an Air Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart.
Bertram’s career was focused on civil and sanitary engineering, and commercial contracting and construction. An avid boater, Bertram was active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, teaching boater safety, conducting safety inspections and conducting search-and-rescue on the Chesapeake Bay and back bays of Ocean City, Md., Bertram received a lifesaving award from the Auxiliary and retired after 25 years.
He also was a member of the Fenwick Island Lions Club until his health started failing. His passions included hunting, fishing and boating, but he was most happy spending time puttering in his workshop after his coffee and daily newspaper.
Bertram married Jean Frazier Watson in November of 1949, a love that lasted these past 67 years.
Bertram was preceded in death by his youngest son, William Topping Bertram, formerly of Glen Burnie. He is survived by his wife, Jean; his daughter, Mareita Louise McKeon, and her husband, Patrick, of Davenport, Fla.; and his eldest son, Robert H. Bertram IV, and his wife, Maria, of Mt. Shasta, Calif.
Bertram entered the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford in April of 2014 and died there the afternoon of Jan. 14, 2017. The family offered special thanks to the wonderful staff at the home for their compassionate care.
A private interment ceremony was scheduled for Jan. 17, 2017, at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Glen Burnie, Md., In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to the Fenwick Island Lions Club’s and the Women’s Club of the Keenwicks’ scholarship programs.