September 3, 1942 – October 27, 2021
Robert Norman Veale passed away peacefully and with peaceful grace on the evening of Wednesday October 27 at the age of 79. In his private life, Robert was a talented artist, a generous mentor, a husband, a father and grandfather, a faithful son, a brother and an uncle, a good friend and colleague, a caring and honorable man and a brave warrior. against Parkinson’s disease that her body and mind fought valiantly to the end.
Robert was born in Sumter, South Carolina, in 1942. The second in a tight-knit military family, he spent his formative years in his father’s various military postings including Boston, Mobile, New York and Wiesbaden, in Germany, before the family finally settled in Dothan, Alabama. Gifted with superior and enduring intelligence, among his many talents and accomplishments, Robert was a National High School Merit Finalist, and eventually graduated with Distinction from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1965. After graduating with a degree in Architecture, he practiced as a principal architect. , working in teams that have designed major projects spanning the United States and several international locations.
Robert was raised to hold the concept of “family” in high regard and has always placed his family and close friends above the common distractions of daily life and career ambition. His two children will never forget the father who coached soccer and hockey, designed overly elaborate treehouses, created award-worthy Halloween costumes and never failed to show up with his box. tools ready to help fix a leaky faucet or donate some essentials. perspective of life. His grandsons will forever remember the grandfather who never met a cookie or ice cream bar he didn’t like, who helped teach algebra with the patience of Job, gave emergency pep talk with hot chocolate and biscotti, was always ready to go see a movie on spur of the moment and quietly cheered on their every effort.
Robert met his wife Jean when they were 13 and 16, respectively. Family lore goes that their first meeting involved a small red scooter and a romantic, non-criminal stalking via a garden fence (by Jean and her friend Jeannie). Either way, it looks like Robert and Jean were made for each other from the start. They married in 1965 and have remained each other’s best friend and touchstone throughout their life together. They spent many lucky years indulging in their shared love of travel, art and history, concentrating most of their travels through Europe where they visited some of the most notable architectural sites of the world, sometimes got lost and collected works of art to commemorate their travels along the way. .
Although Robert was an architect by profession, his true calling within this profession was as a dedicated mentor, advising and nurturing the nascent talent of many young architects at Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, the firm he spent over 30 years old and finally retired in 2006.
Robert was a man who found his religion in art and architecture and found wisdom in science fiction. Like any good Jedi, he sometimes used this wisdom to take his children out of school to see Star Wars movies. He has always had a passion for painting and creating, travel, classic cars, auto racing, the Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
During the last 18 months of his life, Robert received the care of wonderful nurses, caregivers and home helpers. Of these, his family would like to recognize and thank his most dedicated caregiver and the person who could almost always make him smile, Iddie Ntuk, as well as the rest of Robert’s care team with Right At Home North Atlanta, his excellent hospice nurses, orderlies and office staff at Long Leaf Palliative and Hospice of Atlanta.
Robert’s dry wit, brilliantly sharp wit and warm smile will be missed by anyone who was lucky enough to know him. In the immortal words of one of his favorite sci-fi characters, we should all strive to “live long and prosper.”
Robert was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Norman Veale (Col., USAF, retired) and Martha Watkins Veale. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 56 years, Jean O’Neal Veale, his son Major (USAF, retired) Stephen Carson Veale (Valerie) of Clarkesville, GA, his daughter Kathryn Veale Carlino (Vincent) of Norcross, GA, grandsons 2nd Lt. Carson Alexander Veale (USAF) of Vance AFB, OK and Sean Maston Veale of Knoxville, TN, three siblings: Lt. Col. (USAF, retired) William Veale (Vivian) from Dothan, AL., Dr Charles Veale (Nancy) from Auburn, AL. and Dr George Veale (Mary Alice) of Dothan, AL., five nephews, four nieces, eight grand-nephews, twelve great-nieces, one great-grand-nephew, one great-great-niece and two step-grand-nieces son.
Visitations and funerals will be on Sunday November 14, 2021 at the HM Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd. NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Visitations will be from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, followed by the funeral at 3:00 pm. A private funeral will be held in Dothan, AL. at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The National Trust For Historic Preservation, The Movers & Shakers Parkinson’s Support Group, and The National Audubon Society.
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on November 7, 2021.