Ruminations on Life and Dollhouses.

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

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.  (more…)