Robert E. Best, Sr., 78, of Belford, passed away Tuesday, April 20th. Robert was born in Long Branch, on September 20, 1942, a son of the late Madlyn (Truax) and Frederick Best, Sr. He lived in the Bayshore area all his life. Bob proudly served his country in the early 60's as a part of the U.S. Navy's construction force, the Seabees. In the early 70's, Bob worked as an Operating Engineer in New York City. In 1975, he found his true calling, and became an independent commercial fisherman/ lobsterman. He and his partner, Jack Baker, opened the Shoal Harbor Lobster Co. in 1975 and ran it for 45 years, until Hurricane Sandy destroyed the building.
Bob was an advocate for the local fishermen and the fishing industry in New Jersey. He worked with marine fisheries and senators. He was also the fisherman responsible for bringing Black Fish into the New Jersey fish markets. He was a devout member of Grace Fellowship Church in Middletown, where he was known as "Cowboy Bob." Even if he was not in church, he could be found reading his bible every day. Bob will always be remembered as a true gentleman with great integrity. He was dedicated to his family, work and his Faith.
Robert is survived by his wife of 38 years, Nancy (Martinez) Best. He also leaves behind three children; his youngest daughter Jennifer Best, of Belford; and his first born children; Tara Best, of Belford and Robert Best, Jr. of Florida, along with their mother, Georgi-Ann Best; and Robert is also survived by his brother, Fred Best, Jr., of Fla.; 6 grandchildren; Kyle, Morgan, Haleigh, Hannah, Brian, and Luke along with 3 great grandchildren; John, Michael, and Annie. Bob was predeceased by his brother James Best, Sr. and sister Helen Mebus.
Friends and relatives may pay their respects on Saturday from 2 - 5 pm at Scott & Kedz Home for Funerals. The Funeral Service will conclude the afternoon and a private cremation will follow.
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