His biggest talent was being a friend: Bob made them easily and remained loyal for life. His gift for gab was legendary. When the conversation lagged he’d just hijack it for a couple hours. For Bob there was nothing like eating and he loved all the Philly favorites, cheesesteaks and hoagies especially: he leaned toward quantity above quality. His upbringing in a modest household led him to a life of service for others. He served our nation in combat in Vietnam. He worked as a printer for the Philadelphia Bulletin, the Northeast Times, and as a Shipfitter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Even after retiring from work he still continued as president of the CWA-ITA union. It was his way of fighting for the working guy. Bob was always looking for a deal and his later years found him haggling at the Columbus Market, buying and selling collectibles. He was good looking: the Northeast Times even used his image for an advertising campaign and he was always a hit with the ladies. Whether they like it or not, to this day his sons know all the big Doo Wop tunes by heart. Bob had his house decorated with vinyl records from the era. He thought a little humor gets you a long way. He was never opposed to placing a wager: while he loved the Phils he’d curse a blue streak if they cost him money.
He is survived by two sons, Robert Jr. (Claire) and Michael (Amanda) and 3 grandchildren: Grace, Rose and Eva; his siblings, Peg Geiger, Julie Seums, Alice Cullen and Peter Nines and many nieces and nephews.
Come celebrate 69 great years Monday 5-7 p.m. and Tuesday 9-10 a.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Riverside. Interment Private.