Bob Dance, 1937-2008
Bob Dance, 71, of Windermere, Fla., passed away Friday.
He was born March 23, 1937, in Detroit, Mich., and moved to central Florida in 1962, where he began his career in the automobile industry. He was a seasonal resident of Vail, from 1976 to present day.
He was grand national drag racing champion several years running. He started the Cape Kennedy Corvette Club in 1967. He revolutionized the automobile industry in Central Florida and lived the American dream.
An avid golfer, he was a six-time senior champion and a two-time super-senior champion at Isleworth Country Club.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda Johns Dance, of Heathrow, Fla.; sons Robert Todd Dance (Vanessa), of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Brian Scott Dance (Kathleen), of Longwood, Fla., and Jeffery Steven Dance of Heathrow; daughter Dana Lynne Dance (Anthony Schissel), of Lake Mary, Fla.; sister Lois Dance Kelly (Robert), of Longwood; nephews Kevin Kyle Kelly of Williamsburg, Va., and Collin Robert Kelly, of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren Brian Scott Dance Jr. and Heather Rene Dance, of Auburndale, Fla., Delaney Dance Daly of Lake Mary, Gabriella Alexis Dance of Cocoa Beach, Brehnden Dance Daly of Lake Mary, Victoria Elizabeth Dance of Cocoa Beach, Elizabeth Grace Dance of Longwood and Robert William Dance “Bo” of Cocoa Beach; and cherished companion, Buddy Brown “The Wonder Dog.”
A gathering of friends and family will be held today from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Ivanhoe Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Brevard Humane Society, 1020 Cox Rd. Cocoa FL 321-636-3343 or http://www.crittersavers.com
Please view and sign the family guestbook at http://www.baldwinfairchild.com.
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