In Loving Memory of Robert Goree
Posted by: JRTyson
Date: May 23 2023 5:41 PM
Robert "Bob" Cardinal Goree (1955-2023) passed away on May 21, 2023, after facing the challenges of ALS with courage balanced with a good bit of humor and love of life. After four years enlisted in the Air Force, Bob dedicated 30 years to the National Weather Service, leaving an indelible impact on the field of meteorology. Known for his unwavering commitment and expertise, he played a vital role in enhancing weather preparedness and served as a key liaison with the State of Florida Emergency Management.
From his early years in Forest City, FL, Bob found solace in solitude and nature, embarking on countless outdoor adventures. He sought refuge atop trees and developed a deep appreciation for the world through his avid exploration of shortwave radio, which sparked his interest in global politics. Bob’s passion for baseball was evident as he played a pivotal role in Roswell High School’s success, contributing to winning two state championships. He always emphasized that "baseball is a way of life," showcasing his enduring love for the sport. Go Rays!
Throughout his career, Bob’s quiet determination pushed him to step outside his comfort zone. Overcoming his shyness, he volunteered for speaking engagements and honed his public speaking skills, ultimately becoming an accomplished and respected communicator.
Bob’s legacy extends beyond his professional achievements. He was a big music fan - blues, jazz, rock and beyond. He often told the story of going to see Bill Wharton (Sauce Boss) with Jane and their son, Neal, in the womb. All this rubbed off on Neal who is an accomplished and revered guitarist in Tallahassee. It must’ve infected Hannah as well as she is an avid music fan and loves all the music festivals in North Florida.
Throughout his life, he played and loved sports especially fishing with his family, golf and tennis. About two years ago, as he was aggressively working on his tennis game, he noticed some weakness and he was losing weight. He was diagnosed with ALS March 2022.
Survived by wife Carolyn Henne, son Neal Goree, daughter Hannah Goree, granddaughter Olivia Honig and ex-wife Jane Castevens Goree of Tallahassee, Brother Bill, Lisa and Seth, Erin, Cohen, Sarah and Anna Goree of Dothan AL, sister in law Susan Nulf Goree, and nephews Kai and Clint Goree of Daytona and Cocoa Beach FL, uncle Jimmy and aunt Bunny Goree and cousins Jenny Goree, Lee Gregory, Jamie and Sophie Maloney of Six Mile, SC, cousins David and Caroline Goree of Seattle,WA and cousin Moira Goree of Asheville, NC, Lauren, Dan, Zach, Scarlet, Frankie and Alex Keaton of Pebble Beach, CA, aunt Lynn Goree of Pacific Grove CA, uncle Ed Cardinal of Hawthorne FL. Preceded by niece Sarah Goree, brother Clint Goree, parents Mary and Clint Goree, and uncle Billy Goree.
The service will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 1 pm at Tallahassee National Cemetery. Those who plan to attend should arrive a little early, stay in your car and line up. The cars will be led to the pavilion for services. After the 30 minute service, we invite you to join us for a celebration.
In honor of Bob’s memory, the family requests that donations be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Central Florida Chapter, to support their invaluable work. https://pvacf.org/donate/
Robert "Bob" Cardinal Goree will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues. His courage in facing ALS, his passion for life, and his unwavering kindness and generosity will forever be remembered in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.