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Robert Norman Selby

Birth Date: July 15, 1932
Death Date: January 12, 2018

Robert (Bob) N. Selby, 85, of Estero, Florida passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018. He was born to the late William W. Selby and Olive Kins Selby on July 15th 1932, in Watervliet, NY.

Mr Selby’s career was with the sheet metal fabrication business which began in 1950 with his apprenticeship, then progressed through the Journeyman, Foreman, and Superintendent levels before making the decision to form a new company.

In 1968, Robert co-founded the firm Selby and Smith Inc., Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors, where he served as Treasurer and Operations Manager, until retiring in 1994.

In addition to his business, Robert was very active with numerous trade associations including American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers; National Sheet and Air Conditioning Contractors Assoc, Capital Region, Albany, NY; Eastern Region, National Sheet Metal Apprentice Training Programs, Member and Chairman; and National Co-Chairman, Sheet Metal Apprentice Training Programs.  Community services in which Robert was a part of included Rotary Club, Watervliet, NY, Greater Troy NY, Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors at Country Creek and many others.

Robert proudly served in the United States Army Reserve, Medical Corps from 1950-1958.

He leaves behind his loving children, Deborah Sheehan, Karen Snay (Edward), Stephen Selby (Sandy), Bryan Selby (Joan) and Matthew Selby (Candace), grandchildren Gayle, Rachel, Scott, RoseMary, Tara, Eddie, Danielle, Nick, Gina, Nathan, Nicholas, and Skylar; and his great grandchildren Madison, Christian, MacKenzie, Ryder, Taylor, Brock, Jacob, Daniel, Carter, Charlotte, Cody, Riley, Claire, Lily, Lucy, and Violette.

Robert is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Mary Duffney Selby.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home,1589 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, Florida 33907. (239) 936-0555.

Robert’s family is very grateful for the care he received during his final days at Joanne’s House, Hope HealthCare in Bonita Springs.

Online condolences may be posted at

All services are private.
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  1. My deepest condolences to the family, especially Matt and Candace tho cared for him during those last most difficult years. Your Father is now at peace nearer to his loving wife Shirley.

  2. Country Creek friends

    Written by: Barbara and Paul Devaney

    We meet your parents here at Country Creek about 25 years ago. Paul played golf with Bob and there were many good times. Sorry to hear of his passing on. He is in a better place. May the peace of God be with you as you have your final time with him.

  3. Selby’s, our “neighbors in the back yard!” 😊…..I’m so sorry to read about your dads passing…..I hope the smiles and better times will help you through the more difficult moments. I’m thinking of a couple of those smile moments right now…..😉…..peace…..Danny Ferris

  4. Love from the Grattans

    Written by: Cindy Grattan Barkowski, John and Family

    Debbie, Karen, Steve, Brian and Matt–we are so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. Although we have not seen him in many years, my family thought of you often. I will always remember how kind and generous he and your Mom were to us Grattan kids and my parents. My parents so enjoyed spending time with “Aunt Shirley and Uncle Bob” and I will always be grateful. Hearing about his most recent days, I feel grateful that he does not have to suffer or struggle any more. As Deb said, he is now with your Mom, where he loved to be. Love and hugs to all and sorry we are not there to personally share our condolences. Rest peacefully, Uncle Bob and I bet you will be playing a round of golf soon! XXOO

  5. Karen, I was so sorry to see this news that your dad passed away. I have many fond memories of your mom and dad on Marconi! Great family! My thoughts and prayers r with u and your siblings at this time! Xo

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