March 12th, 2022

Public memorial service for Robert ‘Bob’ Hyde


At a public memorial service delayed by the pandemic, family and friends gathered Saturday, March 12 to honor the late Robert “Bob” Hyde of Anacortes.

Hyde, who passed away in 2020, was remembered as a military man, city and port executive and Realtor. Among those who spoke were his widow, Jane, son Chris and brother Lee. Other family members included sons Patrick and Ryan.

Officiants were Christ the King pastors Ben Boatwright and Rusty Van Deusen, both personal friends of Bob’s. Both men emphasized Hyde’s request that his memorial would focus on his faith in Jesus Christ.

Hyde’s graveside service with military honors was held on March 21, 2020 at Fernhill Cemetery in Anacortes. In a service bulletin it was noted that he had “three careers:” 20 years in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps (Commander); local public service including stints as Port of Anacortes Executive Director; City of Anacortes Public Works Director; City of Mount Vernon Community & Economic Development Director.

At the time of his death he was working as a real estate broker with Windermere of Anacortes. Speakers also acknowledged him for a range of contributions, from Little League coach and Kiwanis Club member to Bible study leader and Toastmaster member.

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A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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