Robert was an amazing man. What was most amazing about him is he always had a smile on his face – despite his condition. He was so positive and really should be an inspiration to all of us! He had a laugh that would light up a room and make anyone laugh even if you were in the other room! He had a big smile and an even bigger heart. He had great stories to share. They were usually about his younger days – when he swam, played football, his time as a cop – and even funny stories about how he would play different tricks on people at work, something he still enjoyed now! Also he enjoyed telling stories about David and Michael growing up. He was also someone that you could talk to; he would really listen and have good advice to give! He loved his old TV shows; they were always on. He said the stuff today is “junk!” Unless it was The Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal, or HGTV – he loved those! He loved taking long car rides through the countryside while listening to oldies, of course. He loved his family so much. He especially adored his grandkids, and they adored him just as much! He turned into a big playful teddy bear anytime they came around. He always knew how to make them laugh! He was a man who didn’t want children, until they came along. Once a Dad he was fun, tough, and fair with sons; his house run with military precision. Robert was a hands on dad teaching his sons how to box and swim. His kids knew they were in trouble when their dad told them they were grounded until they were married with children. He served our nation in the Army during the Viet Nam era, stationed in Korea. It was good training for his future job working for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service as a Sergeant in the uniform division.
Robert had his eye on the beautiful Debra Quigg for quite a while. When the opportunity arose, he swooped in and captured her heart. Their marriage was blessed with sons: David (Natalia), and Michael (Gina) and 5 grandchildren. And of course he was thrilled that his boys served in the Air Force and that Michael could swing a hammer with the best of them.
A private service was held for his family with burial at Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery. Donations to St. Judes Hospital (stjude.org) will be appreciated.