Robert H. Paul III

Robert H. Paul III


Robert Hallam Paul III, “Bobby”, died July 14, 2016 with his family by his side. The cause of death was metastatic melanoma. He was born March 1, 1934 in New York City to Barbara Cummer Paul and Robert Hallam Paul Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela DuVal Yardley, children, Pamela DuVal Paul (Hank Holbrook III), Christopher Yardley Paul (Erica), Barbara Paul Barnett (Hall), grandchildren, Charles Yardley Nussbaum, Robert Henry Paul, Lucy Warner Paul, Nina Lynde Barnett and Charles Hall Barnett, and his sister Patricia Paul Bent.

Bobby graduated from The Bolles School where he served as Company Commander at the then military school. After a post-graduate year at the Hotchkiss School, he graduated from Yale University and was a member of the Fence Club. He married Pamela DuVal Yardley in 1958; a romance which flourished for 58 years.

Always a distinguished dresser, Bobby’s youthful appearance and tireless energy betrayed his years. To those who knew him, he was perpetual youth.

Growing up on the St. Johns River, he enjoyed the outdoors since boyhood pursuing boating, fishing, hunting and tennis. He was a true gardener who thrived on the hard work of caring for and maintaining his plants. He was at home with nature.

He and Pam were inveterate travelers, who literally explored the globe. During his travels, he developed a keen interest in the wines of the regions they visited. This led to an enviable collection of wines and to many wine celebrations with appreciative family and friends.

Bobby was a modest man who avoided the limelight; however numerous community organizations benefited from his attention to detail and his leadership skills. He served as Chairman of The Bolles School, the former Jacksonville Art Museum, UNF Coggin College of Business Advisory Board, the UNF Foundation and The Cultural Council. He also served his tenure as President of The Evergreen Cemetery Association and as a Director of Patriot Transportation as well as Trustee of The Cummer Land Trust.

He served as Chairman and CEO of Southeast-Atlantic Beverage Corporation, originally known as Canada Dry Bottling Company of Florida, from 1982-2007. Bobby was instrumental in building the company from a small, local bottler to one of the largest independent bottlers and distributors in the Southeast. A member of the Beverage World Hall of Fame, Bobby ushered the company through many changes, always anticipating what would be best for the long term. He stepped away from the beverage industry when the company was sold in July of 2007. With no desire to retire, he kept working, with his son, as a partner in Southeast Atlantic Capital, LLC.

Bobby’s earthly accomplishments were many, but if he could have written his own epitaph he might have said; “I have pursued my passions, I have loved my friends but primarily, I have lived for and loved my family who were the center of my world.”

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00AM on Monday, July 18, 2016 at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts be made to the Pam and Bobby Paul Endowed Scholarship at UNF. Gifts should be made payable to the UNF Foundation and mailed to UNF Foundation, 1 UNF Drive, Bldg 60, Jacksonville, FL 32223 or online at (when asked to designate, choose “other” and input Bobby).
Arrangements are with Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory
4535 Main Street Jacksonville, FL 32206

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