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Bob died peacefully at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Detroit to Claude and Leona (Hazen) Bridges on April 1, 1937.
He grew up in Detroit and attended Catholic Central High School. He attended the University of Detroit.
After college Bob pursued his career in interior design, with his first design job at J.L. Hudson Company in Detroit.
Bob met and married the love of his life, Dottie McGeogh, in 1959 at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Detroit. They started their family and moved to Traverse City in 1968.
He started his own design studio, Village Interiors, in Old Town. His first contract was with Frank and Mary Anne Ball developing Sugarloaf Ski Resort. From there his business took off, and he designed many commercial and residential buildings over the years. His final, big project before retiring was the remodel of Shanty Creek Resort in the 1990s.
Bob was always very involved in the Traverse City community. Along with Norm Britten, he started the Immaculate Conception Men's Club, served as the chairman of the Catholic Human Services for the Diocese of Gaylord, was president of the Wigwam Club for Northwestern Michigan College, coached American Legion baseball, served on the Elmwood Township Zoning Board, served on numerous committees at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club, ran the bingo for the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools (GTACS) for many years (and became known as "Bingo Bob"), headed the first annual Traverse Golf Classic benefiting Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, was one of the founding fathers of the Gladhander Auction for GTACS, was a member of the Kiwanis and Elks clubs, was an eucharistic minister for Father Fred's outdoor Masses at the old State Hospital and at Immaculate Conception, designed Cherry Festival floats for both GTACS and the Traverse City Public Schools, helped design the St. Clare's Chapel at St. Francis High School, as well as many other community contributions over the years.
An avid golfer, Bob and Dottie were members of the Traverse City Golf & Country Club for many years. In 1977 he won the Walter Hagen Invitational Golf Tournament and was presented the trophy by then President Gerald R. Ford and Gordie Howe.
Bob was a devoted family man, setting an example to all who knew him of hard work, integrity, humility and character. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on through his large, loving family.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Tom and Claude Bridges; sister-in-law, Judy Bridges; and daughter, Theresa "Terri" (Bridges) Price.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 57 years, Dottie; sons, Rob (Marcia) Bridges, of Indianapolis, Mike (Kris) Bridges, of Bloomfield Hills, and Matt (Reba) Bridges, of Byron Center; daughter, Molly (Mike) Williams, of Traverse City; 21 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11, with an hour of visitation immediately preceding it, in Centennial Hall at Immaculate Conception Church. The Rev. Christopher Jarvis will preside. We believe Bob planned it this way so that his family and friends could participate in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, which begins at 1:30 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to the Theresa (Bridges) Price Scholarship Fund of GTACS, the Music Program of GTACS or to Munson Hospice House.
The family thanks the wonderful staff at Munson Hospice House, especially Mary Kuhn, for their caring support during this difficult journey. And special thanks are extended to all those who provided meals to them while they were on this difficult journey.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories with the family.
Published on  March 9, 2017
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