The Southlake Fire Department, along with our City leadership team and our community, is mourning the loss of a man who leaves behind an incredible legacy. Retired Fire Chief Bob Steele passed away yesterday at the age of 92.
Steele, along with his wife Crystal, and their children, moved to Southlake in the 1950’s. Steele began his career in 1967 as a volunteer firefighter and was the first paid Fire Chief for the City of Southlake serving for more than twenty years.
Thanks to his leadership and work with City mayors, council members and staff, he helped to create the outstanding Fire Department we have today. In fact in 2010, the City proclaimed Steele a “living legend” and thanked him for his work as the City’s longest serving fire chief.
Steele and his wife Crystal, who passed away last year, were married for more than 60 years. The Steele family has always been a part of our family. Fire Chief Mike Starr said, “We just celebrated his 92nd birthday here at the fire house. We gave him a customized jumpsuit with his name and a Southlake fire patch embroidered on it. He really loved that.”
The thoughts and prayers of a grateful City go out to the Steele family. They will always be a part of our extended fire department family.
Funeral arrangements have been finalized for retired Fire Chief Bob Steele. Visitation for Chief Steele is scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 6pm at White Chapel Church and the funeral will be held at the same location on Friday January 15, 2016 at 11am. Graveside services will immediately follow at Bluebonnet Cemetery in Colleyville.