Bob Allen

September 16, 1954 - June 25, 2020

09/16/1954 - 06/25/2020

Past Services

Thursday July 02, 2020
10:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions

For 65 years, Bob Allen loved generously, nudged with gentle wisdom, shared his quirky wit and made the lives of family and friends warmer, safer, better in immeasurable ways. On June 25, 2020, he stepped into the presence of his Lord. His journey leaves behind a “how-to” roadmap – how to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.
Bob’s artistic eye and creative bent steered him into the visual arts while he was in high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in commercial photography and a master’s in filmmaking, first working in advertising and television, then as a Virginian-Pilot photographer for 32 years ( As a natural mentor, it was his work teaching photo and video students at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach for the past 10 years that returned the most satisfying rewards. He was first and foremost a people person and loved nothing better than sowing into the lives of others.
When your default is mercy and kindness is an instinctive response, your priorities tend to reflect that. Bob valued people over things and his hand was usually the first to reach out in help. For family and friends grieving this abrupt separation, 65 years wasn’t nearly enough. But we are so very grateful for each and every moment we were able to walk through life with him. We learned from him, we laughed with him, we loved him.
Celebrating his life are Annette, his wife of 39 years; Josh, the son of whom he was fiercely proud; daughter-in-love Olivia and granddaughter Evie, both lights of his life; his beloved brother Pete and sister Beth Strohecker; brother/sister-in-law Bill and Ann Green, true siblings of his heart; and a wonderful wealth of nieces and nephews who brought him much joy over the years.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00am Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach.

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Mike Herron
2 years ago

Bob was a great talent and an even better friend. In our decades of friendship I never recall him once to be in a foul mood. He always found the good in everything and his chuckled laugh will never leave me. Bob had a strong faith and I know he remains extremely happy. I will miss him.

2 years ago

He will be missed. Bob always had a word of encouragement or a sage piece of advice for managing life as we passed each other in the halls of the Art Institute. He was always providing support for students and going the extra mile on their behalf.

Kathleen Anderson
2 years ago

To Annette, Josh and family- I am so sorry for your loss. Your beautiful tribute here perfectly captured the core values of such a wonderful man. Bob was part of our creative team at The Pilot many years ago when I worked in RE Advertising. I still have copies of so many of our ads, the photo shoots were so much fun, the creative process always engaging and collaborative! My memories will be cherished ones and I hope yours will bring you comfort in the days ahead. -Kathleen

Marilyn Burstein
2 years ago

Bob shared his years of photo and video experience with our students at The Art Institute. He was a kind and gentle man and a professional at all times and with all students, staff and faculty. Anytime he was asked to use his skills at our events, he happily said yes and would always get his students involved. He will be missed by many.

Chris Farrell
2 years ago

I am deeply saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. I worked with him for several years at The Art Institute. He went above and beyond on a daily basis. His sincerity was so genuine… He was such a nice fiend and coworker to have. My deepest condolences to his family.

Tiernie Farwell
2 years ago

Bob was such a sweet-natured, optimistic, gentle soul. His ability to connect with people was a gift and he shared it freely. He was always willing to go the extra mile for the Art Institute of Virginia Beach students, and could be counted on to lend a hand whenever needed by the staff and faculty as well.
I will miss our frequent chats in the gallery, his warm hellos as he passed by, and his little giggle when something struck him as funny.

Jessica Middleton
2 years ago

Bob was one of my favorite photography teachers. Always in such great spirits and he knew how to make us laugh. I’ll always be grateful for the lessons he taught. He will he missed and never forgotten!

Monique Artis
2 years ago

Bob Allen was one of the greatest people I have had the privilege to know. He was genuinely a great soul. When I was having a bad day he would always talk with me and help me sort things out. This was outside of teaching me to be a better photographer and person.
As I mourn with my former professors, fellow classmates and now colleagues, I will always remember Bob for his kindness and acceptance. I will cherish our conversations about life and how to see the beauty in it. My heart hurts and I am deeply saddened by his passing. I know I shall see him again someday because to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Rest In Paradise Bob. Thank you for everything you’ve taught me over the last few years. Thank you for your belief in the person I was and the person I could be.

Maria Arreola-Sexton
2 years ago

This hurts my heart and I was really shocked when I heard the news of his passing Bob was my professor at the art institute im going miss all his stories! He was such a nice person. He was always smiling and was always so excited to help his students and other people. He was always willing to lend an ear wen students needed some one to talk to. He was also very passionate about photography.
May He Rest In Peace.

Kaitlyn Rice
2 years ago

No matter where he went Bob definitely knew how to light up a room. Bob was one of the best professors at AI. He was very talented and knowledgeable and meant a great deal to all of us students. He will be missed, rest easy.