Robert Hartman Elliott Jr., a retired communications technician and avid fisherman, died of colorectal cancer Jan. 17 at his Bel Air home. He was 44.
Mr. Elliott, who was known as "Bob E.," was born in Baltimore and raised in Bel Air. He was a 1982 graduate of Bel Air High School.
Mr. Elliott had worked for more than 20 years as a technician for Bell Atlantic/Verizon until retiring on a medical disability two years ago.
Family members said one of his favorite lines was "Born to fish, but forced to work."
In addition to fishing, he enjoyed crabbing from his boat, the Bushwhacker, which he kept at the Bush River Yacht Club, where he was an active member.
He was also a hunter, bird-watcher and liked to ski and play golf. He liked vacationing at the beach, especially Ocean City, Cape May, N.J., and Duck, N.C., said his wife of 13 years, the former Jean Berzellini.
Mr. Elliott's cancer was diagnosed five years ago, but he still enjoyed life and spending time with family and friends.
"Bob E. always had an incredible spirit of life, which could be felt by others, even throughout his devastating illness that perhaps can best be explained by simply remembering that he hadn't missed a Jimmy Buffett concert in 25 years," his wife said.
"He was a committed Parrot Head," she said.
Mr. Elliott was a communicant of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Hickory, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.
Also surviving are a son, Robert J. Elliott, 11; twin daughters, Rebecca Elliott and Kathleen Elliott, 9; his parents, Robert H. and Mary Jane Elliott of Fallston; and two sisters, Rhonda Elliott Reddy of Fallston and Victoria Elliott Sessa of Westminster.