Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 14, 2021.
1938 - 2021
Robert Stephen Didden (Age 82) Of Bethany Beach, DE,
passed away peacefully on the morning of February 3, 2021
at his home.
He was born on September 2, 1938 in Washington, DC,
son of the late Albert J. Sr. and Regina Didden.
Bob attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary School and Saint John's College High
School (1956), Washington, DC, where he was a Lieutenant Adjutant in the Cadet Corps.
He entered the Christian Brothers teaching order after high school and earned
undergraduate and graduate degrees from LaSalle University. While with the Christian
Brothers, Bob taught high school in Canton, OH. His faith was a cornerstone throughout his
life. Bob subsequently left the Christian Brothers and taught at Our Lady of Good Counsel
High School in Wheaton, MD. He then joined the DOD Teaching Program and taught in
Iceland, Japan, Germany, and Bermuda. Bob spent the last 25 years of his career in St.
George's, Bermuda, teaching at Roger B Chaffee High School at the US Naval Air Station.
As a certified SCUBA instructor, observant naturalist, skilled fisherman, and daring
water-skier, he shared his love of the water with all.
Bob retired to South Bethany Beach, DE in 1994 and provided summer housing for many
visiting international students working summer jobs. He had many talents and enjoyed music,
poetry, painting, literature, and travel. He treasured his relationships with "his family," be they
relatives, students, coworkers, or visitors. Continuing contact with many through Facebook
and phone calls, and hearing about their lives, greatly enriched his own. In Bob's own words,
"To be remembered by those who have brought happiness into our lives is truly inspirational
and uplifting. Please accept my gratitude and continue to use the incredible power within
We will miss his keen insight, wit, and friendship to all. He now lives in peace and joy. In
addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Regina Mitchell and her
husband, Colonel Jim Mitchell; and his brother-in-law, John Gibbs.
He is survived by his brother, Albert J. Didden, Jr. (Andrea); his sisters, Valerie Gibbs and
Cecelia Weiland (Don); his nephews, Jason T. Didden (Amy), Keith Mitchell (Christine), and
James Mitchell; his great-nephews, Sean Mitchell (Cody Heath), Justin Didden, and Peter
Didden; and his great-niece, Megan Mitchell (Sarah). Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will
be no public service.
A Mass of Christian Burial via live streaming will be held on February 16, 2021 at 11 a.m. All
are invited to join the stream by visiting The Parish of St. Ann Bethany Beach Facebook
Arrangements have been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Clarksville
Chapel, Ocean View, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann's Church, 691 Garfield
Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19930, or St. John's College High School, Robert Didden
Scholarship Fund, 2607 Military Road NW, Washington, DC 20015.
Please visit Bob's Life Memorial Webpage and sign his virtual guestbook at