Robert Johnston Ayers, 85, passed away from complications of Parkinson’s Disease in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family on March 15, 2021.
Robert attended Exeter Academy and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959, with a bachelor’s degree where he played varsity football and lacrosse. He loved sports. Over the years his favorite teams were the New York Giants and the Florida Gators. Robert served in the United States Navy for 30 years, both active and reserves, until his retirement as Captain Ayers in 1988. Also, during this time, he was a general contractor and worked alongside his father in Rhode Island, eventually taking over the business of Ayers, Hagan, Booth, Inc. He and his family moved to Florida in 1978 and continued as a general contractor and became owner/broker of Keim Associates Real Estate, Inc. for over 40 years. He was very well known in the community and volunteered for decades as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral. He also served as a tireless member of the Chamber of Commerce. It has been said by many that life was better with Robert in it.
Robert is survived by his wife Carole of almost 55 years, daughters Jane (Sal) Goodwin, Nancy Ayers, Tacy (Ryan) Nettleton; twin sister Marcia (Jon) Tingelstad; grandchildren Robert S. Ayers, Casey Goodwin, and Jack & Reed Nettleton; many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and many close friends. Robert was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Florence Ayers. Robert was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a dear friend to all who knew him.
A special thank you to the staff of Amedisys Hospice for their loving care and support during his final days. They are extremely special people. Also, the family would like to thank Rev. Dean Vonfeldt for his support of our family and his prayers during this exceedingly difficult time.
Memorial donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation or the Parkinson’s Foundation.
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