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Celebrating the life of
Robert J. Whiteman
November 01, 1925 - September 10, 2017
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Interment
  • - Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • Bonaventure Cemetery
  • 330 Bonaventure Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

  • 912-651-6843

We have been blessed to be in his company and will always hold him dearly in our hearts.

Carol Riddick, Dallas & Savannah,

I am sorry for your loss. Death is painful to all of us. However God's word the Bible always offers encouragement. A scripture I find comforting is Isaiah 25:8. There Jehovah promises to do away with death and all things that bring us pain. That will be very satisfying! I hope this thought has been comforting to you. May positive thoughts fill you hearts and minds as you endure this difficult time.

R.G, Savannah, Ga

My sincerest condolences go out to your family, it's never easy losing someone in death. May you take comfort in God's promise found at Revelation 21:4, which says "he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” This verse brought me peace when I experienced loss, I hope it can do the same for you. May the memories you have give you strength during this difficult time.

Mckenzie, Savannah, GA

Our sincerest condolences. May you be comforted by the words found at Psalms 34:18;Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted;He saves those wo are crushed in spirit.It is my hope that this scripture helps you and your dear loved ones cope with grief and sadness now and in the days to come.

Givens, Pooler, GA

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

ROBERT J. WHITEMAN

November 1, 1925 – September 10, 2017

Robert Whiteman of Rye, New York passed away peacefully on September 10, 2017 at the age of 91. He lived a long and truly accomplished life as a concert violinist, inventor, expert in licensing intellectual property and marketing.  Above all, Bob was devoted to Bettye, his wife of nearly 70 years, his three children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Born in Savannah, Georgia to Arthur and Rosebud Whiteman, Bob was a child prodigy who at the age of 10 was invited to play the violin for President Roosevelt at the White House.  Seven years later he moved to New York to attend the Julliard School of Musical Art and later was a founding member of the New York String Quartet, playing Carnegie Hall and touring nationally.  While still in his twenties, Bob co-produced Broadway shows, invented board games, candy bars and food products.  During this period, he met and became a protégé of Robert Ripley, who was intrigued with Bob’s marketing ideas for Ripley’s Believe It or Not.  This led to a fifty-year relationship during which Bob was the primary licensing agent for the Ripley organization, including the production of three television series that are still being broadcast around the world.  Simultaneously, Bob was the owner and CEO of Liberty Library Corporation, the holder of the copyrights for Liberty Magazine, which was published from 1925 through 1950.  Over 120 major motion pictures have been produced based on stories that appeared in Liberty.  Through his management and curating of the Liberty Library, Bob helped establish landmark copyright case law that still governs the licensing of intellectual property.  Retirement was not part of Bob’s vocabulary and his office was open until the day he died.  According to many of his friends, Bob’s other “business interest” was gin rummy and he was a formidable competitor whose win-loss record could not be explained by good luck.  He loved to share his gin knowledge with his children and grandchildren, and they will carry on this family tradition.

Bob is survived by his loving wife Bettye and daughters, Dale Pinto and her husband James and Caren Kline and her husband Peter. His son Robert G. Whiteman and his wife Cindy predeceased Bob in 2014.  He is also survived by grandchildren: Alexander Whiteman and his wife Katie, Elizabeth and Caroline Whiteman, Caren, Nick and Brooke Pinto, Catherine Wrightson and her husband James and Christina Kline; and by great-grandchildren: Caroline, Jack, Charlotte and Ella Grace.

Everyone in the family is truly grateful for the wonderful team of staff and caregivers whose loyalty and support have been truly extraordinary over the years.  The kindness and compassion shown by Paulo, Simone, Soraia, Living, Eros, Mariangelas and Norma is appreciated beyond words.

A Celebration of Robert Whiteman’s Life was held at the Rye Presbyterian Church September 14th.

Interment will be in Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery on September 21st.

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We have been blessed to be in his company and will always hold him dearly in our hearts.

Carol Riddick, Dallas & Savannah,

I am sorry for your loss. Death is painful to all of us. However God's word the Bible always offers encouragement. A scripture I find comforting is Isaiah 25:8. There Jehovah promises to do away with death and all things that bring us pain. That will be very satisfying! I hope this thought has been comforting to you. May positive thoughts fill you hearts and minds as you endure this difficult time.

R.G, Savannah, Ga

My sincerest condolences go out to your family, it's never easy losing someone in death. May you take comfort in God's promise found at Revelation 21:4, which says "he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” This verse brought me peace when I experienced loss, I hope it can do the same for you. May the memories you have give you strength during this difficult time.

Mckenzie, Savannah, GA

Our sincerest condolences. May you be comforted by the words found at Psalms 34:18;Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted;He saves those wo are crushed in spirit.It is my hope that this scripture helps you and your dear loved ones cope with grief and sadness now and in the days to come.

Givens, Pooler, GA

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA


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