Robert Gotti


Bob loved the Lord, and was very vocal in sharing his faith with the people around him, whether in elevators, store lines, or in prisons. Though he couldn’t carry a tune , it never stopped him from “making a joyful noise unto the Lord!” If you were within reach, he’d be wrapping his arms around you; his bear hugs were legendary. Bob and his son Jason created a website,, where Bob penned almost 1500 poems in which he shared his love for his Savior and Lord. Through his battle with cancer, Bob missed very few days at Columbia Lighting in Bristol, where he was employed as a Product Designer.

Bob met his wife, Arlene, 32 years ago, and knew in his heart that she would be his wife. Their first date was a Phillies game on a cold evening in April. No one is sure if they won or lost. Perhaps it was the thrill of new love! They were blessed with two sons, Joseph and Jason. He is survived by two other children, Robert Wellmann and Florence Bounds, six grandchildren; his mother, Nancy,
sister Barbara, twin brother, William and brother, Thomas.

Bob’s homegoing celebration will be held at the First Baptist Church, 216 Sunset Road, Willingboro, NJ 08046 on Friday, May 2. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. followed by the service.
Interment at Monument Cemetery, Beverly, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Willingboro.

12 thoughts on “Robert Gotti

  1. Cathy Gotti

    I have only been part for the family for a short time but I do know how close they all are. My thoughts and prayers extend to Bob’s entire Family. He will be missed by many. I never saw him without a smile on his face. RIP Bob.

  2. Thomas & Catherine Gotti

    Bob was a great brother, husband, father and grandfather. He was always there for you if you needed any help for family or friends. He is with his savior and in no pain anymore. He will be dearly missed!

  3. Pete & Carolyn Beninate

    How well we remember Bob almost always choosing the song” People Need The Lord” at Sunday night service and how he could have written the words to the song himself- he had such a heart for the lost.
    He is surely singing with endless joy now in Heaven-
    ‘Till we meet again, Bob

  4. Denise and Doug Banski

    We have lost a huge part of our family with Bob’s passing. Bob was such a warm, loving, and beautiful brother-in-law, husband, father, and grandfather. He was so full of life and loved to laugh. Bob helped anyone who needed it. We will miss his beautiful smile and the way he lit up a room. We are at peace knowing he is finally at peace.

  5. lorraine end

    Bob was like another son to me. He cherished his wife and sons with all his heart. He lived his life with faith, honor, and integrity. In all the years he and Arlene were married, I really never saw anger or moodiness. He knew how to smile and laugh, even through difficult times. That’s his legacy. We will remember his courage and that beautiful smile.

  6. Williams Family

    I read the obituary about the loss of your loved one and I extend my
    sincere condolences. Death is truly an enemy but there is comfort
    in the Holy Scriptures that “God will actually swallow up death
    forever and certainly wipe the tears from all faces.” Isaiah 25:8

  7. Richard and Janice Schank & Family

    Janice and I were overcome with sadness when we found out about Bob’s passing…and then we were filled with JOY at knowing he went home to be with the Lord. We want to extend our love to the entire Gotti family.

    We’ve known Bob, Ar and the boys for nearly 29 yrs. I remember Janice telling me one day after I came home from the office that she was pushing our oldest son (about 1yr old at the time) in the swing we had attached to the tree in our front yard and a very nice man introduced himself and began talking to her. That man was Bob.

    We soon found we had many common interests and quickly became friends. Our children, Alex, Brad and Jeremy became friends with Joey and Jason too. I remember them attending AWANA together and just hanging out.

    I remember with fondness Bob and I having Biblical discussions ranging from predestination, eternal security and everything else in between. I know Bob LOVED THE LORD. After we moved, we didn’t see each other as much as we might have, but we always remained friends. Of late, I was always blessed by Bob’s poems. He had a GIFT!

    Bob’s life made an impact on many including myself. He will be sorely missed.

  8. Alex Schank

    My sincerest condolences to the Gotti Family. I will always remember Mr. Gotti as a wonderful mentor at AWANA when I was a kid, encouraging my brothers and me to memorize scripture verses and grow in moral character. I also remember him and Mrs. Gotti welcoming us as kids with open arms to play with Jason and Joey at his house and do our homework. It was a blessing to find such a positive influence on my life at a young age. I thank God that he placed Mr. Gotti in my life and in the lives of so many.

  9. Patricia Jackson-Woods

    My sincerest condolences to the Gotti Family. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Robert Gotti but, I do know William (co-worker @ GSK). Having family and strong beliefs will get you through this season of grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  10. Terry Hartsell-Meacham

    Bob has been on my mind and in my heart today. As I searched for his facebook page and found it deactivated, I knew he must have already left this earth to be in his eternal home! I received his poems regularly and his love for the LORD was SO evident and real! Bob was in some of my classes in high school, and although we were never good friends, I was so glad to see that He had given his life to the Lord. I received his recent email about his illness and was blown away by his acceptance of and peace with it. Bob had no doubt that he was headed for a much better place. He left an amazing testimony in his many poems and I pray that God will comfort his loved ones. I look forward to seeing him again one day in Heaven!

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