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Robert Hugh Hurlow of Bainbridge Island passed away July 15, 2014 at the age of 90.

Bob, or “Bud,” was born on Feb. 23, 1924 in Tacoma to Hugh Hurlow Jr. and Marion Nancy Schroeffel.

In 1950 he married Marjorie Rose Venter, with whom he shared 64 wonderful years of marriage.

Bob was an electrical engineer, having studied at Whitman and the University of Washington, and receiving his master's degree from Johns Hopkins University.

In the midst of his schooling, he was called to serve in World War II in the Signal Corps in Germany.

His engineering career began at the Sperry Corporation in New York. In 1950, Bob returned to the Pacific Northwest and, along with his father and brother, started a small cable assembly company, “Cablecraft, Inc.” in their basement with his new bride, Marj, operating the first punch press.

Bob also had a long career at the Boeing Company as an electrical engineer on projects from the SST to the 787. As inventor and machinist, he holds several patents for cable assemblies that were used in the aerospace and trucking industries.

Bob’s real passion was the sea. He shared his love of boating with his family through years of racing and cruising. He enjoyed bluewater voyages to the South Pacific with his son Rob. Bob and Marj traveled the world together and could hardly name a country they had not visited.

Bob is survived by his wife, Marj; his son, Robert S. Hurlow (Sharman); and daughter, Nancy Houghton (Todd), all of Bainbridge Island. His five grandchildren were his pride and joy: Brian, Scott and Chris Hurlow, and Hugh Aaron and Julia Houghton.

Bob loved life to the fullest, whether boating, skiing, listening to opera, or sipping a Scotch at sunset reporting, “This is the best part of the day.”

Bob passed with his family at his side. At his request, there will be no memorial.

Charitable donations in his memory may be made to Bainbridge Chorale, PO Box 10572, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110,; and Sound Experience, 211 Seton Road, Port Townsend, WA 98368,

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