Ruminations on Life and Dollhouses.

Bob DeOrsey of The Dollhouse Builder in Port St. Lucie, Florida will soon be turning 80, and he wrote us recently, sharing his thoughts and his story.

He’s not quite sure why, but at this stage in his life, Bob has begun to reflect on things that have influenced him.  It is these ruminations that make him realize how much the dollhouse industry, especially Real Good Toys, has affected his life and the turns it has taken.

Bob, formerly of Maryland, has been building things for over 30 years.  He has spent his life building model boats, airplanes and trains and at the prompting of his wife Anne, he built his first dollhouse. When his son was born, he built a firehouse from some plans he found in an ad…and so it goes…he jumped right into the miniature industry.  He tells us he’s built at least one Real Good Toys dollhouse a year for over 25 years.  Bob has visited our factory and enjoyed seeing our Assembly Department and visiting with some of our employees.  His enthusiasm is refreshing.

Bob and his wife Anne retired in 2004 and moved to Florida to enjoy golf and to be closer to their son, Matt and his family.  Bob and Anne were enjoying life with their family, when tragedy struck.  Their son suddenly and unexpectedly died during a seizure just short of his 31st birthday in January 2008.  Bob and his family are learning to live with unthinkable sorrow and grief.

Bob DeOrsey and his custom finished Hawthorne dollhouse by Real Good Toys

Matt was a star soccer player, advancing to a semi-pro team before moving to Florida.  A group of Matt’s friends and teammates wanted to rasie funds for the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region.  They put together an incredible event called DeOFest.  This event has raised over $20,000 for the foundation.  Bob built and donated a Real Good Toys dollhouse and raised the most money of any item in their silent auction.  Matt’s widow has become very active with the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and for their fundraiser for Epilepy Awareness Month, Bob built a Real Good Toys Dollhouse for the silent auction, and once again, it was the best moneymaker. 

Though Bob and his family miss Matt terribly, he can alleviate some of the pain by keeping busy building at least two dollhouses each year for these events.  He feels good helping the foundations as well as building a great product.  Bob says, “…what started out many years ago as a hobby, then became a small business, has now become a way for me to honor my son.  My thanks to all you good people at Real Good Toys for giving me an excellent tool to save lives and to keep Matt’s memory alive.”

Thanks, Bob, for your heartfelt comments.  Your actions are inspiring and everyone at Real Good Toys thanks you for your patronage.  We are happy, and honored, to have become such an important part of your life.

One Response to “Ruminations on Life and Dollhouses.”

  1. Garna Bradley Says:

    Hello my name is Garna, and my grandparents Gene and Maxine Voigt lived in Fort Pierce, FL and my Grandpa made me this BEAUTIFUL dollhouse years back, and i just bet you knew him.I’m betting he got some supplies from you or even the materials for the dollhouse. It just means the world to me. My Gram recently passed away, and I live in Indiana, and anyways I’m going to have my dollhouse shipped to me.. using PakMail. So I can NOT wait to get it to me. Ok well I had to share. ThankYou and HAPPY 80!! 😉