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07/31/2007

Longtime Exchange Owner Passes

Bob Wilbur, 76, founder of Trade USA in Dallas, died July 16 at his home. Bob and his wife, Bonnie, started Trade USA in 1990, and built the exchange to more than 300 members in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In May 2007 they received the Consumers Choice Award (CCA) for Best of Dallas-Fort Worth in the barter company category 

The Wilburs reared seven children. Six of them are college graduates, two have PhDs and one an MA in engineering, and all are building their families and careers from California to New Hampshire. Prior to moving to Dallas, Bob and Bonnie lived in New England.

Wilbur, a CPA, graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1954. He was senior accountant with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Company and general manager of Door Controls Inc., both in Boston; assistant controller of MKM Knitting Mills in Manchester (NH); internal audit supervisor of Raytheon in Lexington (MA); assistant treasurer of Glens Falls (NY) Insurance Company.

Additionally, he was controller of Pnobscott Co., vice president finance and administration of S.S. Pierce Co., and vice president of Samson Ocean Systems, all in Boston. 

Wilbur was active with Breakfast Dallas, a networking group, and both Bob and Bonnie were members of the National Association Of Trade Exchanges.


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