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Obituary of Robert Finley Stone
Robert Finley Stone, “Bobby” to family and friends, died while doing one of his favorite things: spending time with friends boating on
Bobby was a graduate of
Bobby’s friendship was a gift to hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Between old friends from high school and college, Atomic films clients and other people involved in community efforts, Bobby’s network circle was as wide as it was deep. “We’ll never know all the wonderful things Bobby did for other people,” said one of Bobby’s friends. He consistently gave his talents, resources, heart and laughter. He aided the Brainerd High School band for their broken or expired instruments, he sent postcards to the widows in his neighborhood letting them know that he would help, he gave to the McKamey Animal Center for feeding and warming the pets waiting for adoption, and he shot and edited multiple videos for charitable events such as the American Heart Association’s Ball. These accomplishments would be on par for him with patrolling the neighborhood streets for litter, driving an injured stranger home, taking his beloved Nana out to Zarzour’s for a burger, and teaching children how to take photographs.
Bobby loved the children brought into his life by family and friends. He was the favorite uncle of his brother Billy’s two children Rebecca and Sarah, and was also known as “Big Guy” by his cousin Meg’s five daughters. He semi-adopted many other children, whether he knew it or not, because he was an inspiration and mentor to all.
Bobby’s passion for the arts, such as food, drinks, music, or visual arts, was contagious. He would share the newest ramen spot, the hidden hot dog joint, or the most balanced cocktail at the bar with his friends. From playing Ray Charles’ albums to his baby grand, he would turn any person into a music lover. Many will now struggle to visit his favorite spots without sensing his absence: Zarzour’s daily special, Super Carniceria LOA #7’s tacos, Robar’s gimlets, or Boccaccia’s pasta Bolognese. We will miss his “light,” both on film and in life. Bobby’s infectious laughter, committed public service, passionate spirit, and love for life captured all of our hearts.
Bobby was family to many people. He was predeceased by his mother, Judith Finley Stone, his father, William M. Stone, his grandparents, W. Max and Margaret Finley; and Milton Dair and Thelma Stone. He is survived by his aunt, Millicent Stone Wilson, siblings, William M. Stone III (Kelly), Catherine Dianne Stone, and Cynthia Dair Stone; his nieces, Rebecca Stone Dryden (Nathan), Sarah Elizabeth Stone; and grand nephews, Gresham Finley Dryden and Francis Broadus Dryden. Bobby is also survived by extended family who were close to him: his aunt, Cynthia Finley Anderson and deceased uncle, Stephen Griffith Anderson, his cousins - Ruskin Gregory Anderson (
A memorial service for Bobby will be held at on Friday, August 10, at Rivermont Presbyterian Church, 3319 Hixson Pike,
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