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Robert de Groot

Robert P. de Groot

Monday, November 29th, 1943 - Thursday, March 4th, 2021
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Robert P. de Groot of Revere, PA., aka “Bob,” to his cherished wife and his amazing and eclectic friends; Brother, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle Bob; that unyielding Eagles fan, and so much to so many...passed away on Thursday, March 4th, 2021, surrounded by his family, at St. Luke’s in Bethlehem, PA.
Bob was the husband of Christine (Scarff) de Groot. The couple married on June 21st of 1976, and dedicated their lives to their sons, Robert James and Cornelius Scarff de Groot, as well as to their growing family, and their beloved community, the village of Revere, Pennsylvania.

Born in Queens, NY, on November 29th, 1943, Bob was the son of the late Cornelius and Helena (Slovacek) de Groot. He lived a life of service to others, even if it were only for a kind word, a lunch box, or a cup of coffee. He had the resume of a person who lived by what he valued and respected, and most importantly, loved.

After graduating from Notre Dame High School in 1962, Bob attended the Ben Franklin College in Washington, D.C. and later joined the Navy. Afterwards, he returned to Revere, and took up working with his dad, Cornelius, at the Revere General Store, determined to find his path. During these times, Bob continued to grow the business at the General Store, and eventually bought the store from his parents.

Bob was the owner/operator of the Revere General Store for many years. He also worked at Fred Bean’s Dodge/Subaru in Doylestown for a period of time. In addition to work and family life, Bob committed many years (16) and multiple terms to the Palisades School Board. And through all of his 77 years, Bob’s number one hobby was collecting, which he happily did for all of his family. He collected Eagles stuff for the boys (his sons); spoiled the grand kids (and customers’ kids) with candy and eclectic toys and gadgets; and quietly spoiled the cats with Chris’s help.

In true “Bob” fashion, he persevered, and never let an opportunity pass to know his customers’ needs and make sure he stocked for any request. He enjoyed working side by side with his wife, Chris, and just a staircase away from his baby sister Lil. He was visited daily by friends and loyal patrons that he loved and appreciated. He also enjoyed the visits from his sons and their families, Bob always worked the hardest to show how much he loved and appreciated those closest to him. He forged bonds that lasted all of his life, and will continue well beyond.

Bob loved, and was loved; he worked hard, and counted his blessings; he respected and was respected.

In addition to his wife Christine, Bob is survived by his sons Robert J. (Cheney), and Cornelius S. (Krissy) de Groot. He was also survived by his grandchildren Kyle Martin, Isabella, Cornelius, and Francis de Groot. Bob was the brother of Lillian Crum, Charlotte de Groot, and Cory Whitehead, and the late Richard de Groot. Bob’s family will receive friends on Thursday March 18, 2021 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Shelly Funeral Home, Easton & Keller’s Church Roads, Plumsteadville. Service and interment will be held privately. To ensure Covid -19 protocol masks and social distancing will be required. It will be expected that you exit the Funeral Home once you have offered condolences to the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be sent to the Ottsville Fire Company PO Box 26 Ottsville, PA 18942, Palisades EMS 2330 Township Road Quakertown, Pennsylvania, 18951, or the Lords Pantry 4050 Durham Road Ottsville, PA 18942
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  • Visitation

    Thursday March 18, 2021 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thursday March 18, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Shelly Funeral Home, Plumsteadville
    Easton Road at Kellers Church Road
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    Services and internment will be held privately.
  • Service

    Private at the convenience of the family
    Services and internment will be held privately.
  • Interment

    Private at the convenience of the family
    Services and internment will be held privately.


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nicholas domiano

Posted at 01:50pm
Sorry to hear about the loss of Bob. In the 70,s Bob always had a cup of coffee and kind words to offer when I stoped at the store on my way to work in Easton.
I can remember the time it snowed and he convinced me to sit behind him while cruising 611 in front of the store. My body took 2 days to defrost but it was a fun ride. I would see Bob occasionally and he always had a pleasant way about him.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.

Catherine Reichner

Posted at 11:10am
One of my most favorite things was to rush in the Revere Store on the eve of some holiday, in a cooking frenzy, having run out of some ingredient. Didn’t matter what it was; cream of tarter, a vegetable peeler, a dill pickle, or some Crisco, Bob would have it. He’d look up and think for a second, then say, “I believe that will be on the right in Aisle 4”. That’s right, Bob had neatly labeled the aisles. Next time you are in the store look up and have a chuckle and a grin. That was Bob.
We will all miss him.
Catherine Reichner

Mark Collmer

Posted at 03:09pm
For many years Bob and I never had to say a word. I would walk in place my money on the counter and he would serve up a cup of delicious coffee exactly the way I like it cream and two sugars. Always with a a big smile and a nod. I wish I still had my "shop downtown Revere" t-shirt. Unfortunately, it was far well worn many years ago..

My sincere condolences to the family. Bob's contribution to the community will never be forgotten.

Anne Young

Posted at 01:04am
Chris, Dan and I were so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing; we will miss seeing his smiling face at the store. You and your family have our deepest sympathies.

Daniel Barber

Posted at 10:33am
Bob was always courteous, helpful, friendly, and generous. In fact, he went out of his way to order an item for me that he didn't normally stock and he continued to insure he had it on hand for me. I'll miss the man and wish him fair winds in his after life. Dan Barber

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