FSSA regrets to inform you of the passing of Robert (Bob) Avery, 85, on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. He was the beloved husband of Barbara, and children Bobby, Michael, Charlene, Larry, Deborah, John, Carrie; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He is survived also by two brothers: Charlie and Bill Avery.
Bob was born and raised in Dallas, Texas to the late Richard and Lilie Mae Avery and was one of four boys. He graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas and went on to start Universal Fire Equipment Company in 1965. During those years, Bob served on the committee with the Texas State Fire Marshalls office and the State Board of Insurance to develop and get fire entry systems codes and regulations assigned into law. He received the 1st certificate of regulation ECR001.
Bob was a Founding Member of the Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA), and served on the organization’s first Board of Directors. He was the Installers Division Chair and served on several FSSA committees.
He will be remembered as a strong loving husband and father. Bob was an active member of the Catholic Church. He loved to travel and took his family on many family outings. He had a love of gardening and enjoyed playing golf. His favorite place to be was on his yacht out on the lake with his love, Barbara by his side.
A Funeral Mass was heard on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at St. Judes Catholic Church in Allen, Texas.
Expressions of sympathy and tributes can be made at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/plano-tx