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“It is only with the delivery of the Delaware Bibliophile newsletter this weekend (1 April 2017), that I am learning of Bob's death last September! ...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Barbara D. Hall - Asheville, NC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family! Love, Alice & Rob Martinelli ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Alice Martinelli - Hockessin, DE

“Kelly And I are very sorry to hear this news. Our prayers are with the family during this trying time.Much Love,Mark & Kelly Chandler ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Mark Chandler - Fort Worth, TX

“Very sorry to hear this. I worked for Bob many years. ago and learned so much from him. Thoughts with Millie, Rob, Jenni and the rest of the...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Raeann Dunn - DE

“We were saddened to hear of Bob's passing. We want Millie, Rob and the rest of the family to know that our thoughts are with them.David and Natalie...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: David Bauman - Philadelphia, PA

“Dear Millie, I'm sending you my sincere sympathy at the passing of your husband. You will be in my prayers over the coming weeks and days. Fondly,...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Phee Price - New Castle, DE

“I met Bob about two years ago when I started working with M&T Bank which is located next to their residence in New Castle. Bob was an active member...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Dale McDine - New Castle, DE

“Millie: I'll always remember the many conversations we had about books and related topics. My sincere condolencesJan ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Jan Churchill - New Castle, DE

“Dear Millie and Family...May your memories bring you comfort at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers... ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Esther Lovlie - New Castle, DE

“One of the first opportunities I had to work with rare books was with Bob at Oak Knoll. He was so generous with his time and knowledge. I valued...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Cate Hirschbiel - Medford, MA

“Although we had known Bob Fleck for many years before the 1990 Tokyo ILAB Congress, it was there that we truly had the opportunity to spend time with...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“You will always be my president, Bob. You know what I mean. Proud to have known you, proud to have served with you. Not forgotten. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Steven Temple - Friend

“We were very shock & saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He was a great friend to us and we have many happy memories of bibliophilic adventures & fun...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Frances & Paul Wakeman Oxford, UK

“I have many happy memories of Bob and the Bibliophiles as well as dealing with his shop. He will be missed by all of us. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Walter Marder - Tallahassee, FL

“Dear Millie, Sending you my deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband. I know it has been a long time since we have spoken, but I often think...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Barbara Andrews - Stuart, FL

“Very sincere condolences.Jean-Paul FontaineReimsFrance ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Millie and family, I was deeply saddened to hear of Bob's passing. I'm so glad Dave and I was able to come up in August to see him. May you...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Debbie Campbell - Family Friend

“Dear Jenni, Paul and Family,I so remember Robert's passion for books and his bubbly personality. A funny story to share as I remember him staining...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Claite Austin - Fredericksburg, VA

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Robert D. Fleck, Jr., of New Castle, Delaware, passed away after a brief battle with cancer, on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Robert was born on February 4, 1947 and was the son of the late Robert D. Fleck, Sr. and the late Mollie Reeves Fleck.

Bob graduated from University of Delaware in 1969 with a BS in Chemical Engineering and from University of Virginia in 1971 with an MS, also in Chemical Engineering. He worked only briefly as an engineer before deciding to follow his passion for books.

Bob founded and spent 40 years running Oak Knoll Books as an antiquarian book dealer. He specialized in the field of books about books; essentially the history of all aspects of book making, including printing, typography, binding, design and papermaking. Bob was also lucky enough to have his son Rob join him in business at Oak Knoll after Rob graduated from the University of Delaware.

Bob became one of the founders of Delaware Bibliophiles and The Fine Press Book Association. He was also president of The ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America), a two-time president of ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers), Treasurer of ILAB, and ILAB named him President of Honor. ILAB also honored Bob in 2015 with the ILAB Medal in recognition of his service.

Always immersed in his love of books and Delaware history, Bob was a board member for the New Castle Historical Society and the Library Associates of the University of Delaware. He was also honored by the University of Delaware as a member of the Wall of Fame.

When not involved with business or books, Bob enjoyed his Friday night dates with his wife Millie, playing tennis, watching sunsets with a glass of wine at their beach house in Fenwick, watching Phillies games, and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Mildred Williams Fleck, as well as by his children, Wendy (LV) Killen, Paul (Amy) Fleck, Jenni (Adam) Fleck Jones, Robert D. (Lauren) Fleck, III and seven grandchildren. Bob is also survived by two brothers, E. Thomas (Sylvia) Fleck and David Fleck.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Arsenal at New Castle, 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE. Visitation will be from 10am to 12pm, with the service beginning at 12pm. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The New Castle Historical Society, The University of Delaware Library Special Collections or the ILAB Benevolent Fund.

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