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R.I.P. Bob Mervine

With a heavy heart and great sadness, I must share the following news with fellow Chow-hounders:

Orlando Business Journal Staff Writer Bob Mervine died today at about 1:05 p.m after a brief hospitalization at Florida Hospital Altamonte.

Mervine, 60, covered hospitality and tourism for OBJ since joining the staff full time in August 2001.

Prior to that time, Mervine worked as a publicist for Walt Disney World and for The Villages. He previously worked as a broadcast journalist as well.

In the years he was with OBJ, Mervine won a number of regional and state awards, including a Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade award, as well as being part of the OBJ team that won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for the 2004 hurricane coverage and its impact on local businesses.

"We are greatly saddened at the news of Bob's death, but want to thank all those in the community who phoned or e-mailed during his hospitalization," says Editor Cindy Barth. "We always knew Bob was a well-known figure about town, and we know he will be sorely missed by all those who had the opportunity to meet and to know him."

No details about funeral arrangements are available yet.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with the Mervine family and friends. We all know he certainly had an extended "family" here at Chowhound.

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    1. re: lauderdale75

      Many of us will feel we've lost a friend. I just harvested a lot of his tips for my sister who is off to Orlando. Very sad news, indeed.

      1. re: Pat Hammond

        Indeed - I posted only infrequently about Miami on the Florida board, but noted his many valuable and insightful contributions about Orlando. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

    2. Bob has been a longtime poster and the most active (and patient) poster in the Orlando area- always ready to help a newbie with yet another "where to eat around Disneyworld?" question.

      We'll miss you, Bob.

      1. Condolences to his friends and family. His loss will be deeply felt on this board. He was a wonderful writer with a wealth of knowledge. I felt like I was just getting to know him.

        1. What a loss, indeed. We'll miss you, Bob.

          My thoughts and prayers go out to Bob's family and friends.

          ~TDQ

          1. I'm so sorry to hear this news. My condolences to his family.