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Obituary: Haas, Robert Franklin (Age 100)

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Robert Franklin Haas

Haas, Robert Franklin (Age 100)

On Saturday, May 20, 2023, Robert Haas, a longtime Beltsville resident, passed away. Bob was a Pennsylvania native who served as a Chief Warrant Officer in the US Army during WWII. Through the GI bill, he received an accounting degree from the University of Maryland spending most of his career in fleet management working for a private firm and then the US Postal Service. He was a member and treasurer of the Washington DC Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a member and chapter president of NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) and a member of the VFW and American Legion. Bob was active in the church serving as an elder and treasurer. He is remembered for his many years of service to the community visiting patients at the Laurel Children’s Home, delivering Meals on Wheels and serving on their board, and taking doughnuts to the Old Soldiers’ Home when he was in his nineties. Bob was an avid antique car buff and enjoyed traveling, reading history and gardening. His Meals on Wheels clients often received tomatoes from his garden in their delivery.

He is lovingly remembered by his children: Karen Mayer, Janet Glanville, Robert Haas and Carl Haas. He is fondly remembered by his 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Bob was predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years, Nellie Haas and great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Bourgeault.

A visitation and memorial celebration of Bob’s life was held at Borgwardt Funeral Home ( on June 14, 2023. Doors opened at 1pm for visitation with a memorial celebration service at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to Meals on Wheels of College Park, PO Box 797, College Park, Maryland 20740 or online at

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