INDIAN BEACH — Town residents have lost one of the area’s biggest pubic safety advocates and public servants. Robert “Bob” William Ivey died Monday at Carteret Health Care. He was 94 years old.
Mr. Ivey was a long-standing member of the Indian Beach Board of Commissioners, serving for 30 consecutive years before stepping down in late 2017 due to health issues. For 28 of those years, he served as the town police commissioner, and both the mayor and the police chief said Tuesday he was dedicated to serving the town.
“There was never a more faithful (civil) servant to the town than Bob Ivey,” Mayor Stewart Pickett said Tuesday. “He was an institute by himself, and his contributions will never be forgotten.”
Police Chief A.J. Sutzko said Mr. Ivey will be “sorely missed” by the community.
“I knew Bob since I came here in 1996,” the chief said. “He was a super guy who truly cared about the community. He wanted to ensure the community was protected with fire, EMS and police service.”
Chief Sutzko said even when Mr. Ivey’s health was declining, he still wanted to take part in community events.
“Even while in rehab, he’d have me pick him up to bring him to the Christmas parades,” the chief said. “It breaks my heart to know he’s gone.”
Mr. Ivey’s funeral service is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Munden Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. in Morehead City. A private graveside service will follow in Burlington. See Page 3A for Mr. Ivey’s full obituary.
Mr. Ivey was born Dec. 16, 1924, in Burlington to Claude Rex and Mary Janet Ivey. He attended N.C. State University before serving in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942-46, according to the obituary.
After returning from service, Mr. Ivey married Ella Ruth Holland in 1950. He pursued a career in textiles.
While living in Burlington, Mr. Ivey actively served as a volunteer firefighter for 13 years and was a member of the Elks Lodge for 50 years.
After retiring, Mr. Ivey moved to Indian Beach in 1985 and became a town commissioner in 1987. During his time on the board, he served as mayor pro tem, fire commissioner and police commissioner.
After he announced in 2017 he was stepping down as commissioner, town officials decided to honor Mr. Ivey’s decades of service. The new police station, which was being built across the street from town hall on Salter Path Road, was dedicated to him as the Robert William Ivey Law Enforcement Center in December 2017.
Mr. Ivey is survived by his daughters, Patricia Ivey of Pine Knoll Shores and Hilly Nelsandon and her husband, Tom, of Burlington; his grandchildren, Ivey Summerlin and her fiancé, Ryan Lion, Michael Macrae and his wife, Sarah, Ryan Macrae and his wife, Candy and Ty Nelson and his wife, Kelly; his niece, Gayle Guthrie and her husband, Tommy; and his nephew David Nichols and his wife, Carol.
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