Robert “Bob/Bobby” A. Reese Sr., 90, of Downingtown (formerly of Exton, PA and Hartly, DE) passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Brandywine Hall Nursing Home, West Chester PA. He was the beloved husband of the late Celestine “Sally” Reese (Price), with whom he shared 45 years of marriage. He was the father of one son, and grandfather to several grandchildren.
Bob was born on March 18, 1931, in Exton PA. He was the son of the late Clyde E. Reese Sr. and Lettie W. Reese (Crossan). In 1949, with honors, he graduated from West Chester High School. In 1950, Bob received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy, due to a previous hip injury.
In his younger years, Bob grew up helping in his parents’ restaurant, Valley Creek Coffee House, as well as helping out on his family’s farm. He enjoyed playing baseball (he was a bat boy for a team his dad managed), fishing, playing cards, and spending time with his brothers. Bob was also an avid member of the Boy Scouts of America from the age of 12 to 19.
Throughout the ‘50s & ‘60s, Bob was a man of many hats. Not only did he deliver fuel for Nat Gas (Philadelphia), Bob also hauled and installed appliances for Murray’s Appliances (Paoli); became a founding member of and an original driver for the West Whiteland Fire Company (1954), where he proudly served for 32 years, delivered milk for Clayton R. Exner Milk Trucks (Exton), worked at the Exton roller rink, made paper machinery at Beloit Eastern (Downingtown), and cleared land for Seller Brothers (Sellersville). Bob also owned and operated Twin City Beverage (Spring City), delivered ice, charcoal (Eastern Shore Charcoal, and Humphrey Charcoal), and firewood; worked at Pepperidge Farm (Downingtown), Rubino’s TV (Paoli), Kauffman Furniture (West Chester), Moore’s (Eagle), Kroeger’s (Downingtown), and Tom Jones (Exton). The 1970s introduced Bob to baking. He would go on to not only create awe-inspiring cakes, but would also deliver his fresh made pies, pastries, doughnuts, sticky buns, and danish, to local restaurants and vendors-even the White House-thus giving him his nickname, “Bob the Baker”. Bob was the one who set up his brother Earl’s bakery in the locally loved, Ingleside Diner. In the ‘80s, Bob began delivering flowers & produce to local grocery stores, traveling from Delaware to Pennsylvania daily. This continued through the 1990s. The 2000s were a pivotal time for Bob. With the passing of his wife in early 2000, Bob began to slow down his life a little. In 2005, Bob began working with Sweet Beginnings’s owner, Sharon Taylor, helping her set up her bakery; teaching her how to bake pies, and pastries, as well as sharing his recipes with her-including his famed sticky buns. Sweet Beginnings took up a large part of Bob’s life, as he was always happily there to help whenever help was needed. On March 18, 2015, Bob completed his very own book, “Little Bobby Reese – Growing up in Exton PA”, which tells of his both exciting, and industrious life. These past several years, Bob (still as ornery as ever), enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Something special Bob always looked forward to, was spending Saturday mornings with his granddaughters, eating breakfast at the Frazer Diner.
Bob was preceded in death by his brothers, Clyde E. Reese Jr., Herbert W. Reese, and Earl H. Reese.
Interment will be private at Philadelphia Memorial Park.
Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. of West Chester, PA 610-696-1181; www.DellaFH.com.