Robert Hugh “Bob” Britt
August 14, 1939 ~ May 3, 2014
Robert Hugh “Bob” Britt, 74, passed away peacefully in the early morning on May 3, 2014, in Everett, WA, after a courageous fight with cancer. Bob was born in Nashville, AR on August 14, 1939, to Robert C. “Bully” Britt and Hester D. (Barnes) Britt. His parents and his many siblings moved from Arkansas to Wenatchee in 1942, where Bob went to school and then served four years in the U.S. Army in the Signal Corps. Bob was a natural born guitar player, learning to play on his own at an early age. Bob enjoyed spending time with his many brothers and sisters playing music and singing country songs. Bob found his most peace in life cruising around town with his brothers in their home made hot roads. Growing up, Bobby played guitar and bass guitar in many well known local bands, playing beside his brothers and many lifetime friends. Wherever Bob went, if you handed him a guitar he made friends for life with people who loved to hear him sing and play music. Bob moved with his wife and children from Wenatchee to Everett in 1980, to pursue his career working at Boeing as a mechanic that eventually led him to a Boeing Management position as a Skills Instructor, teaching others to build and repair Boeing airplanes. His management career allowed Bob to travel the world and see other countries like Ireland and Costa Rica. While in Ireland, Bob spent seven months training the Irish Airlines of Air Lingus, how to maintain and repair their new fleet of Boeing built airplanes. Bob made many more lifetime friends during his travels to other countries and Bob enjoyed sharing his experiences with his friends and family. Bob retired from Boeing in 2002, and lived out the rest of his life doing what he loved most, spending time with his family. During the last year, Bob went clamming on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, threw out a “First Pitch” on August 31st at the Everett Aquasox (Seattle Mariners Single A-Team) MLB Hall of Fame Night, where Bob also had the pleasure to meet Hall of Fame Pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, and Bob watched, with his family by his side, his Seattle Seahawks finally win the Super Bowl after having been a loyal fan since the team organized in 1976. Bob will be remembered and deeply missed by his family and friends. Whether in person or on the phone, Bob always ended the conversation with “I love you!”
Bob was preceded in death by his daddy, Robert C. “Bully” Britt; mama, Hester Dovie Britt; brother, Jerry Glenn Britt; sister, Sandra (Britt) Graves; and sister, Vonna Mae (Britt) Gibson. Bob is survived by his beloved sister, Doris Jean (Bud) Riker of Wenatchee Heights; brother, Larry Gale (Phyllis) Britt of Wenatchee; brother, Jack (Mary) Britt of Sumner, WA; brother, Joe (Banjo) Britt of Federal Way, WA; brother, Bill (Ayako) Britt of Carson City, NV; and brother, Dennis Britt of Wichita, KS. Bob is also survived by his wife, of 42 years, Linda S. (Dawson) Britt of Everett; son, Ozzie J. (Betty) Reeves of Wenatchee; son, Robert Michael (Lisa) Britt of Marysville, WA; son, William Cody (Shannon) Britt of Everett; and daughter, Kristine Lynn (Reeves (Dane) Dowell of Gold Bar, WA. Bob was very close and will be deeply missed by his 13 grandsons; three granddaughters; and one great-grandson and one more great-grandson on the way.
Bob will be laid to rest in Wenatchee, next to his family, at a later date this summer.