Obituary of Robert Derbyshire
DERBYSHIRE, ROBERT “Derby”- 86 of EHT was called home Monday, September 17th when all his fond memories were returned. Born in Philadelphia, Derby was a lifelong resident of Atlantic City. He was a fixture in the city and active in many youth programs, especially Chelsea Little League. There wasn’t role he didn’t have in the Chelsea organization. He was also strong supporter of both Atlantic City and Holy Spirit high schools. As a member of the Atlantic City Vikings he earned letters in four varsity sports. He was the last Vikings quarterback under John Boyd to call his own plays. At Holy Spirit he served as a coach of both the boys and girls basketball programs. His final duty was PA announcer for the Spartans.
Most of Derby’s career centered on sports as he spent many years working as a broadcaster for many local radio and cable television stations, covering all the major sports and was among the first to broadcast female athletics. His other employment included a long stint at Sports A Rama where he held court with coaches, parents, players and fans. He was famous for his wit and love of trivia. Customers were guaranteed a show.
Bob was also active in many civic, community and political organizations including The Miss America Parade Committee, Chelsea Heights Neighbor Association, as well as the Ventnor Christmas Parade. And he was deemed the Mayor of Chelsea Heights. But, he didn’t seek public office choosing instead to work behind the scenes for many candidates from both parties. His political views were proudly posted for all to see. He spoke loudly for the causes he supported. Sometimes, at a city council meeting. Other times he was sweeping the gutter at Crossan Avenue speaking to passersby. Although, he wasn’t religious He served in volunteer roles at local churches. He sang in the choir at St Michael’s and tended to the lawn at St James.
Bob is survived by his sons, Bob (Liz) of Absecon, Joe (Dayle) of Las Vegas; daughter, Cris Keck (Jim) of Absecon; grandchildren, Tim (Shannon) Keck, Daniel (Michelle) Keck and Susan (Rob) Vizthum; great granddaughter, Jordan Keck; and nephew, Bill Derbyshire. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Caroline; brothers, Joseph and William; sister in law, Mildred; nephew, Raymond and his dear friend and longtime companion, Rose.
A visitation will be held from 4-6 pm, followed by a service on Sunday, September 23rd, at the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home, 1707 New Road, Linwood, NJ 08221. Burial will be private at Laurel Memorial Park Cemetery, Egg Harbor Township.