- 68 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 16, 1944
- Date of passing: Jul 10, 2013
|Let the memory of Robert be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Robert Wittich, 68, born on December 16, 1944 and passed away on July 10, 2013. We will remember him forever.
"Dear Bob, Happy Anniversary. Today would have been our 49th Anniversary. I always thought we would dance at our 50th. Love you and miss you always."
"Talking about and remembering you brings a smile always. Miss you,
"You have not been forgotten 'down under' Bob. Favorite photos are still well positioned in both the Cramp and Wilson households. You would have loved seeing Stacey play the role of Judy Garland in The Boy From Oz this year - then again, maybe you had the best seat in the house!"
"Miss you very much, especially @ our 50th LeMoyne reunion this past May. Spoke of our great friendship @ Brooklyn Prep & Le Moyne.Life is just not the same now."
"Bob, we just had a nice visit with Rita and Bobby and both are doing well. Of course, we all miss you very much."
"Bob, Emily and I think of you often - and Rees too, especially in the year of the election. We all say, "wonder what Bob would think of all this mess?" Bet you're smiling about what we are facing. We miss you and have you in our hearts and thoughts."
"We love and miss you 'Big Bob'. The years will roll on but our memory of you is always fresh in our minds and hearts. Please work your magic because election '16 is shaping up to be a debacle..."
"Still so hard to believe you are gone. I find myself thinking of you most every day; several times a day. I miss being able to call you for advice. Love you and miss you so much Bob.
Your brother, Jim"
"Well as promised the Stone family spent the morning helping a family in our community in your memory. It was 3 years ago today we lost a great man. We truly miss you in our lives and think of you every single day. Love you big brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.... The Stone Family"
"Bob, We think of you often and can't believe that we can no longer enjoy your great company. We miss you. Love you. Judi and Doug"
"Dear Bob, It is so hard to believe that it has been 3 years since you left us, Bobby and I miss you so very much, They say that time heals all wounds,but I guess this wound needs much more time, I talk to you every day and miss you so very much, I wish I could tell you about all the things that have gone on in these 3 years, I wish you could see how wonderful Bobby looks and how well he is doing despite his illness, I wish I had you to share all the little and big things with, Life just is not the same without you. I will love you and miss you forever"
"Happy Birthday Mr W. -- never forgotten. Your awesome laugh is fresh in my mind. Always thinking of you and the times with the family. Peace.
Love from us,
"Happy Birthday Bob. Miss you and think of you everyday. Love Helene and Al"
"Miss you Bob."
Today would have been your 71 th birthday. Happy Birthday. Life is very difficult without you, but we are doing the best we can. You would be very proud of how well Bobby is handling all his tests and issues. I miss you all the time.
"Happy Birthday in Heaven Bob. Miss you everyday.
The thought of you makes me smile. A sad smile sometimes. But a smile none the less. Loveya
"Happy Birthday in heaven,Bob.
I remember rolling down the hills of LeMoyne with you to catch the green hats we bought for the pep rally that no one liked but you & me.
Miss you very much."
Miss you every single day."
"Thinking of you on your birthday and remembering the good times."
"Bob, I wish you knew how much you were missed. As time goes on, I think of you more with a smile rather than tears of sadness. I remember your laugh most of all, and the hugs you gave always left me feeling loved and comforted. Happy Birthday in heaven!! Love you forever!"
"Happy Early Birthday brother...love and miss you! Will be thinking of you all week, especially Wednesday!"
"Two years have not lessened the loss we feel.
With all our love to Rita and Bobby.
Laura and Bob"
"Well Bob, it is hard to believe it is 2 years. I think of you daily, particularly the first 2 weeks of July. The time I spent with you during those 2 plus weeks weighs heavy on my heart. Yet, I still smile at the thought of you and will have a lifetime of memories that I have had with you. I will miss you all my life."
"Bob, you have not been forgotten 'down under' either. Thankfully, we have many great memories. Rod and Heather"
Years may pass but my memories of the times with you, Mrs W and Bob are with me forever. I miss our conversations and laughing with you. You will always be my role model and friend. Eternal peace KT.
We love you,
Bill, Nicole, Kayla, Aiden"
"Bob: I heard an expression lately that the loss of a sibling is particularly difficult because your parents represent your past and your children your future but your sibling represents you present. Our present was forever changed when you left us. But our future will be filled with wonderful memories of your love, wisdom and strength. Love & miss you!"
"Well Bob, the Stone family has decided to take your lead in "giving back in life." We took the day and volunteered to work hard for "free." Something you gave to all of us in you wonderful but short life. We will do this every year as a family in memory of you. Instead of whistling while we worked we talked about you and shared fond memories of what a great man you are. I know you are watching over us because I feel your presence on a daily basis. I still drive with your noodle!!!! We miss you so very much and will love you always."
"2 years down the road. Think of you every day.
"Daily I say hello to Bob in heaven. I miss him very much. A great friend whom I always considered a part of my family."
"I, too, think of you every day. While walking around NYC, I always find myself wondering what you would think of all the changes: new buildings, pedestrian walkways; the ubiquitous cellphones; Citibike!; and, of course the politics. I pass places we had been together and pause to remember. Then there are the old streets that I don't think I ever walked on before and I wonder if you walked there. I try to "see" the changes for you - I hope you "see" me. Miss you Bob."
"Bob, your were always a special friend and one that will always be cherished as I think about those whom I call "friend." Our visits were always special and filled with laughs, good conversations and downright hilarity at times. You will always remain in our hears and our minds. We miss you my friend."
Miss you bro! Think of you all the time.
"Bob, I have a hard time realizing that you have been gone for two years. It seems like yesterday that we were together. There are so many things that I want to tell you and share with you. There are so many things I need you to help me with. There isn't a day that I don't think about you, miss you and talk to you. Oh how I wish you were still here with me. I love you. Rita"
"I can't believe it has been 2 years now since your horror began. Time seems to pass by so very quickly. Not much has changed for me because I think about you and miss you everyday. When things just don't seem right I can hear your voice reassuring me and guiding me in the right direction. I can feel your presence and protection in my life everyday. You were truly an amazing brother! Love You!!!!!!"
"Happy Birthday Bob,
Always know that people think about you and that you are missed. Thanks again for inviting me down for Spring Training. It was something that I always wanted to see."
"Happy Birthday Bob! You are still missed by so many. Your name comes up often in conversation, usually followed by smiles and laughter, and yes, some tears.
Over this summer, I was diagnosed with stage one lung cancer, had lung surgery and lucky for me, it did not spread so no further treatment was needed. It was a miracle it was found. All along that frightening journey, I knew I had a guardian angel on my shoulder and I knew it was you; guiding me while I made difficult decisions, giving me the strength to do what I needed to do and helping me not be so damn scared. Just like you did all my life.
Thanks for being the awesome man, husband, father, brother, and friend that you were; you left us all with so many wonderful memories.
Love you forever dear brother.
Today would have been your 70th. Maybe we would have had a big party. Bobby and I celebrated for you by having lunch at the club. The sky was very blue and the weather was great. I know you would have loved it.
I can't even put into words how much I miss you---everyday,all the time, 24/7.
I love you and always will.
"Happy Birthday Bob !!! I think about you everyday and miss you terribly. To every life you have touched, you were bigger than life. My thoughts are with Rita and Bobby as they continue to figure out their lives without you."
"Happy Birthday Bob!
Miss and love you.
I uploaded a birthday card photo for you!"
"Happy Birthday Bob!
Miss you every day."
"I only knew Bob for about 10 years but he was always full of life. I enjoyed our golf outings in Florida. I miss him every time I am in Florida. I know that he and Carlo are enjoying good food and wine in heaven!
Love, Wayne and Linda Ferbert"
"I remembered & wished him a Happy Birthday in heaven to a great friend whom I miss very much. We had a special friendship- more like a brother. God bless his family & Merry Christmas."
"With loving memory to our dear dear friend. We miss you terribly.
With our deepest love we think of Rita and Bobby.
Laura and Bob"
"Missed but not forgotten by those 'downunder' who have raised a glass to you tonight. Love from Rod, Heather, Melanie, Scott and Stacey."
"To my Big Brother,
You would be proud of how your family and friends have come together over the last year to remember you and honor you; how they have all shown support and love for your family.
Of course, as my Big Brother, I have many fond memories of times we shared. With less than 6 years separating us in age, I can remember you as a teenager, full of life - smart, funny, always leading. As an adult leading the way for us all.
We shared many times together later in life. While we attended St. John's U - me an undergraduate while you were in the law school; later as parents, struggling with all of the issues of raising children and keeping families together; then as business partners for more than a decade; and always as friends.
I miss you and think of you every day. I am sorry you suffered and mourn for all that we have lost when you left us.
Sleep well bro.
"To my dearest Bob,
You left us a year ago. Sometimes it feels like yesterday and sometimes it feels like forever. I am heartbroken that you had to suffer so much. I know that you, the most beautiful, kind, loving, funny intelligent man, still live in my heart. You would be humbled to read the beautiful way your loving family and friends speak of you and remember you. You were larger than life and had a lasting positive impact on so many lives. I will miss you and love you forever.
To all of our family and friends,
I thank you for the wonderful outpouring of love and support, and for sharing your special love and memories of Bob in your tributes to him. Bob loved you all dearly.
"I find it so hard to believe that it my brother is gone a whole year. I am truly at a loss for words. My heart is broken and I miss him so very much. As most people know I was with him the last 3 days of his life. It was heartbreaking because I knew that the end was nearing but I did my best to comfort him and Rita during that time. I was honored to be there. I will also miss the sound his laughter, his sense of humor, his great knowledge of many things that that he was always willing to share, I just plain miss him. Rita and Bobby, always know I am here for you. Love Helene"
""So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty." Haniel Long You and your family and our family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Rest in Peace!"
"Although we were in Bob's company only a few times and knew him briefly here at PGA, we remember him as a friendly, warm, cordial and out-going man, husband and father. We are so sorry that his life was cut short in the prime of his retirement, fun years. We continue to "watch over" Rita here at PGA and keep her and Bobby in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace, Bob."
""Gone but never forgotten....your spirit, your love, your essence for life will live on not only in our hearts, but in Bobby Jr. ...""
"The Israelis like to describe themselves as “Sabra” - the Hebrew word for “cactus.” They think of themselves, like the cactus, as tough and prickly on the outside, but soft, tender, even sweet on the inside. That’s how I remember Bob.
Time and again he would throw himself into causes great and small, stick his neck out for the sake of a grand principle, or simply an overlooked person in need – then make a self-deprecating aside in mockery of his own earnestness. Often this would come as a slow-motion wink, as if to say “I know what I’m saying sounds like baloney, but isn’t this great fun?” He never mistook his adversary for his enemy, never let principled struggle devolve into personal animosity. He was the embodiment of Shakespeare’s description of good advocates of all kinds, who “fight tooth and nail in court but eat and drink as friends.”
Bob took important things seriously, but never himself. He had the wit to put blowhards in their place, the awareness to recognize a person’s unspoken suffering, the strength to help someone in need, and the generosity to make it seem a small thing. He had the ability to help us find the best in ourselves - and then give us the credit.
To him, “the least of my brethren” was not a vague concept - it was how he lived his life. We are all better for his having touched our lives. Goodbye, old friend."
One year has passed absent of stimulating, entertaining, and enlightening conversations with you (always accompanied by your great chuckle and smile that I can picture in my mind right now). May God bless the Wittich family, Rita, and Bobby and you will be forever missed, never forgotten, and loved always.
We Love You (King Turkey),
Bill, Nicole, Kayla, Aiden White"
"Bob was such a dear friend to the Colaianni family. He is so missed. And he was always so generous to me - always taking me to play golf when I visited Florida. He is so very missed by all of us - and his loving family Rita and Bob jr. I remember him today with a very fond heart."
"Those we love don't go away
They walk beside us everyday
Unseen, unheard, but always near
Still loved, still missed and very near."
Hard to believe it has been a year. Even harder to find the words to say how much I miss you and love you.
"Bob, I am still sad that you are not here with us. I try to keep some happy memories close to my heart, like when I was visiting you in the hospital and some traveling musicians came by your room. They played 'Sunny Side of the Street' and I can still see you smiling and bobbing your head to the music. That memory, and so many others, makes me smile through my sadness. Thank you for all the love you gave me and the happiness you brought to all those that still love you!!"
"Miss you Bob. Think of you often and am happy for the time we had together. Will remember you always as "the Big Brother", setting the example of love and courage, even in your most difficult final days.
"I often drive on Kilmer Road and passing the house reminds me of happy times gone by. It all seems so long ago. Hugs."
"After knowing Bob for 45 years, it is with tremendous sadness and heavy hearts that we think of him with great love. His support in times of need, his sense of humor and teasing as well as his counsel are forever gone, but not forgotten. To Rita and Bobby we send our love and support as we mark his passing one year ago.
With much love, Laura and Bob Bartels"
"To my Pool Buddy, When I was in Florida in May I sent you (and all my grandparents) a Mickey Mouse balloon (look at the picture). I wrote a special message on it to say I wish you were here. I hope you got it. Now that it is summer and I am in the pool I think about all the fun we had. I remember all the times you spent playing with me, talking on the phone and making me feel special. I miss you!! Love, Jonathan"
"Remembering the Life, Remembering the Love... Today marks the anniversary of a true loss, but each memory honors once again such a special life (written by Hallmark). When I think of Anniversaries I think of happy times with parties, fun and celebrations. Never did I think I would be remembering this day with such sadness. Your life was cut way too short and for that I am extremely angry. My heart is broken because you are not with us anymore. Every day I close my eyes and think about you and even though it makes me sad somehow I see your smile and hear you laugh and it makes everything okay. You touched my life in a very special way and were a true inspiration to me and my family. I know you are watching over us and will keep us safe. Big brother, I miss you and love you."
"Words cannot even begin to describe how I feel with your anniversary quickly approaching us. Although I know you aren't here in the physical world (which really stinks in my opinion) I feel you every day guiding me through the obstacles of a day I have had to face this past year. I miss being able to call you and get your input on different situations but the truth is, you have been there in my mind and especially my heart. You were an amazing role model, and excellent joke teller, and most importantly my handsome and intelligent uncle. The fact that you tricked your brothers & two nephews into shaving their heads when you knew deep down you weren't going to lose your hair, gives you the title of my favorite. You and I had a memorable conversation the last day I saw you and when I have a down day, I replay that moment in my mind and I smile. You were truly one of a kind and I will never forget you. I love you so much Uncle Bob, and miss you terribly. This world isn't the same without you."
"I had the opportunity to participate in a Relay for Life event a few weeks ago. It is truly an amazing time to pay tribute to ones we have lost and the caregivers that supported them as well. As hard as it was to write out the bag to pay tribute to my Uncle Bob, once I saw it illuminated I truly felt like he was there with me. I attached pictures in the gallery for anyone who wants to take a look. Love you Uncle Bob, keep watching over me."
"A year ago last night I saw and spoke to you for the last time. Even though you were in so much pain you smiled and told me to take care of myself and my family. Then with tears in your beautiful blue eyes you said that you loved me. You had said it to me so many times before but this time I knew it would be for the last time. I talk about you all the time to any and everyone who will listen. When I speak of you it brings a smile to my face. I remind my kids what a great man you were. I remind them how you lived your life with confidence, respect, wisdom and compassion. I truly hate that this has happened to you and that you suffered. Your life was cut way too short. I am so heart broken that you are not with us anymore. I think about you everyday and miss you terribly."
"The last time we saw Bob was in the hospital on June 28th,2013. He was in severe discomfort, But had that great smile & gave us his familiar wink as we left. A true friend since Brooklyn Prep
& LeMoyne, I always considered him as family. Miss him very much & wish Rita & Bobby strength & courage in their daily life."
It is almost a year since we lost you. There are so many things I miss about not having you with me. One of those things is sharing things with you ---just the little every day things. Today I played golf. It was a very hot day but I had the best nine hole round I have ever had. I broke 50 and my first thought was- I wish I could tell Bob. I know you would have been so happy for me. You were always my biggest fan. I miss you and will love you forever.
"Dear Rita and Bob,
I feel so fortunate to have had both of you in my life. I always saw Bob as both an amazingly understanding and caring person with a practical and humorous side. Rita, you are a woman of amazing strength and I have thought often of you in the past year. I hope your great memories of the time you shared sustain you. You can be sure that many people share your loss. Stay well."
"I called you last year to see how you were feeling and wish Rita a Happy Mothers Day and that was when I found out about the loss of your voice. You were so determined to speak to me and it broke my heart to hear you struggle. You said some of the most endearing things to me that day and it will remain etched in my heart and mind forever. When you guys asked me to send a email to the family it was by far the hardest thing I have ever done and I know even harder for them to read. I think that day you knew in your gut how bad this was. It has been a really difficult year without you. Not having you to call to laugh with and gossip with. You were an amazing big brother and friend to me. I think about you and miss you everyday."
"Hi Bob, I spoke to Rita last night. We are making arrangements for your son to come and spend some time with us while Rita goes to Chicago. We are looking forward to seeing him and Rita. We will take him to some triple A ball games just enjoy his company but never forgetting you and wishing you were at the games with us too. I miss you so much and am thinking of you more often these days as Memorial weekend is here and June approaches. It was such a difficult path you had to take the last 2 months before your passing and think of you so very often. Gone too soon my dear brother. I took for granted you would be here longer. My loss."
May 20th, a year ago, we got your diagnosis. We knew immediately it was pretty bad. We discussed whether to treat or not. You said that if you weren't in so much pain you would go on vacation or have a big party. But you said you would not be able to enjoy it. i am so sorry you were in so much pain. I love you and miss you.
A year ago on Mother's Day you lost your voice. It was so sad. You always had such a distinctive voice and such a loud hearty laugh. When we first met in college, I remember always knowing if you were in the dinng hall or not becuse you could hear your laugh above the din. I always listened for it. I miss hearing your voice so much.
It's hard to believe that it is a year ago that your nightmare was just starting. About now we were expecting that the shot would clear up your back pain. I am so sorry you were in so much pain. I miss you so much and wish we could have had more time together.
Just spent a great weekend down here with Wes and Linda and spent the weekend before in Richmond with Rich and Steph. You know that your family is wonderful and they know that you love them all.
Just had a wonderful visit from Rita and Bob Jr. this past weekend. It was great. I thought of you all weekend wishing you where here with us,
"It is only by chance that I came across this memorial and learned of Bob's passing. I attended St. James with Bob, Walter, Donald and Wesley as Joanne Bridda. Our friendship remained throughout high school but soon after that lost contact. Bob was always such a witty, intelligent achiever who stood out from the rest. It is so sad to learn that he was taken from his family so early in his life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
"Bob, today was my birthday and I missed your call so much. You called every year without fail. You would always start the call with 'So how old are you again" and when answered, your reply was always 'Oh, that is OLD!' You would then laugh that hearty laugh of yours...that laugh we all miss so much. Thanks again for all the wonderful memories...I miss you so much big brother and think of you every day."
"It is so nice to visit this page and see the smiling face of Bob (Mr. Wittich as I always called him) and the great times captured with friends and Rita and Bob Jr. I will always keep my memories of him fresh. When I think of him I am sad because I will not see him again but I remember the great times with him and Rita and Bob Jr....Much Love to you..Miss you Big Bob--Love B.A.N.K."
"My Dearest Bob, The Holidays are over and 2013 is gone. I am sure that 2014 will be a better year, but we will miss having you here. Bobby and survived the Holidays due, in large part, to our wonderful family and friends. We toasted you many times these past few weeks and will always remember you. It just isn't the same without you. Love, Rita"
"Christmas time....A time for celebrating with family and friends and of course remembering loved ones who are no longer with us. When I watch Christmas unfold through the eyes of my son it inspires me and reminds me of how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family. I know this is a very difficult time for Rita, Bobby and the whole family but when you think of Bob today make a toast and smile because I am sure that is what he would want. Bob, we miss you here, your smile, your laughter and your love are irreplaceable."
"Merry Christmas in heaven my dear brother. I miss you. Give Mom and Dad a kiss for me. Until we meet again. My thoughts are with you and them especially this time of year. I will do my best to be as supportive to Rita and Bobby....love you"
"I was traveling back from New York on Bobs birthday so he was on my mind more than usual. There is not a day that goes by especially this time of year that I don't think of him. I too miss his telephone calls especially on Thanksgiving. Miss you brother and know that I am doing my best to keep in touch with Rita and Bobby."
"Camille & I miss Bob very much. At this time of year, we look to getting together with Rita & Bob for dinner.Now we have great memories of true friends . Our best to Rita & Bobby & the entire Wittich family. Merry Christmas to Bob in heaven."
"Thinking of Bob brings tears to my eyes but a smile to my lips. He will always be with us in our memories."
""Dear Bob--Happy Birthday a day late (only because we had no internet access). We think of you all the time. You will always be in our thoughts as are Rita and Bobby.
--Love, Doris and Bob"
"Bob, Today would have been your 69th birthday. We would have celebrated by going out to a nice restaurant. Instead, Barb, Tom, Bobby and I toasted you and wished you a Happy Birthday. I sure wish we could have done it in person. I love you and I miss you so much. Rita"
"Happy Birthday Bob. You are missed everyday."
"Happy Birthday Bob.
A day doesn't pass without a thought of you.
I too had my pendant on today. I wear it often.
All my love to Rita and Bobby on what is a difficult day.
I miss you."
"Bob's memory will remain alive in our hearts and our lives when we think about his generosity and great passions. It still seems surreal that he won't be there to greet us when we arrive at West Palm airport to visit for Christmas eve. A wonderful host, friend and person. We miss you Bob. Mike and Emily"
"Wearing my Bob pendant today, and remembering a great brother. Rereading the tributes and again marveling at the number of people that Bob truly touched. Thinking warmly of family, especially Rita and Bob Jr., hoping that they find comfort in knowing how much Bob was loved."
"Happy Birthday Uncle Bob! I know you are watching over all of us and guiding us just as you always did. Thank you for being such a great uncle and role model for me. I miss your wise words, helpful advice and great laugh. Enjoy your birthday! Love you!"
"May the wonderful memories you shared with Rita and Bobby be with them always and comfort them."
"I think of you every day. So hard to believe I will not be able to pick up that phone and hear your wise words, your deep thoughts and that jolly laugh. Thank you for always making me feel loved. I miss you so much Bob and will love you forever."
"Bob and I were classmates at Brooklyn Prep. More than 50 years ago he showed a level of kindness and concern for others not typical of teenage boys. Without words being exchanged, Bob realized that I had not gotten a Brooklyn Prep class ring. Bob was aware of a somewhat recent Prep grad who had entered the priesthood and arranged for me to wear his ring. I remember being so touched (even though I was a teenage boy too!) by his kindness and concern for me ... I still am. RIP."
"Bob, you are always in our thoughts and hearts.We miss you terribly.
To Rita and Bobby our love.
Love, Laura and Bob"
"Thinking of you all today."
"Uncle Bob you used to say to me "we share a birthday and that great people were born on the 15th and 16th." "Happy Birthday" to you. Even though you are not here we will always share our birthdays together. I miss you. Love Jonathan
PS The Rudolph you made for me is still hanging on my refrigerator."
""Happy Birthday" to my big brother!! Your life was cut way too short. I miss you everyday."
"My fondest memory of you during the holidays were all your stories. You making dinner, how much you enjoyed entertaining, being in charge of putting up all the Christmas lights and the sound of your voice when you called that day to wish me and my family a Happy Thanksgiving or Merry Christmas. I could feel your smile right through the phone. Who could've ever imagine you wouldn't be here with us for the holidays. Our thoughts are with Rita and Bobby as they manage this holiday season without you. I miss just talking to you. I think of you everyday and know that you are looking down on all of us."
"Bob, It is still had to believe you are gone. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about you, Mom and Dad. I miss you all.
The pain of missing you is somewhat diminished by knowing you are my brother, my friend and you love me. I love you too.
My promise to you and Rita; the ritual of having dinner when you all come through Richmond will continue forever. We will raise a glass in honor of you every time.
Happy Birthday Bob
Today would have been our 46th wedding anniversary. I am so sorry that we can't celebrate it together. I guess it is good that we had a big party for our 40th. We had a great time and I have wonderful memories of that night, I will love you forever.
"Our first thoughts on losing Bob, was of all the good times we had, but more so the future years we expected to enjoy his company. Seven years of dining together, occasional tennis matches, and other fun activities were not nearly enough. If we get to heaven, we know he will be there to welcome us with open arms, since he never forgets a friend. Bob we miss you!"
"A very special day for a very special man. We laughed and we cried, I am sure, everyone present today at Bob's memorial gathering had their own memorable thoughts and stories, I know I did.
We lost another good one."
""No te hemos conocido Bob, pero tenemos conciencia de tu vida ejemplar, entregada y generosa. Desde Barcelona, nuestras sentidas oraciones y recuerdo, así como nuestra más sincera condolencia a Rita, a sus hijos y a toda su familia.
Glória, Alba y Adelardo."
"Uncle Bob always took care of me and made me have so much fun in the pool. He drew a paper Rudolph for me when mine was ruined. He made me laugh and smile. I will miss him.
Love, Jonathan aka Iron Man"
"Uncle Bob enriched my life. He always took the time to talk to me about all sorts of things like school, different career options, family, friends, and even politics. He always showed interest in my future and offered suggestions & encouragement to help guide me. He was a true inspiration to me. I will miss him so much."
""My Dad was the best Dad in the world. He was very generous and he took very good care of me. I love him very much and I will miss him forever.""
"We met in 1957.Bob was researching high schools and I was graduating Brooklyn Prep. Education was important for what he might do for family and himself. Parents, brothers and sisters were always central. At Prep he grew and flourished at Le Moyne. The spirit of both,"men and women for others" lived in Bob and was most vivid at Bob and Rita's 45th anniversary reuniting friends in their joy."
"Bob's passing left a deep hole in my heart and Camille's. He was a very special, caring and loyal friend. It was meant to be that we reunited, and it felt like no time had elapsed. You and Bobby will always be in our hearts and prayers. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but Love leaves memories no one can steal.""
"Thoughts are so difficult to collect and words more challenging to compose.. You're never really ready to lose a brother, a sibling, even when you can feel it coming.. There's a void now. I'm sorry for the distance, especially grateful for the time I had with him at the end... and for his love. Bob was and is an inspiration to our family. God be with Rita & Bobby. May he rest in peace."
"When you dwell on a lost loved one, what you remember most is how he made you feel. Bob made you feel happy, valued and cherished. With his infectious laughter and ability to skillfully relate a story, you were drawn to him and charmed by him. You felt secure in the embrace of his friendship. Rest in peace, Bob, until we meet again."
"Bob was more than a brother-in-law to me. Since I was 16 years old, he was like the brother I never had.He was caring, loving, generous and always so much fun to be with. I was very fortunate to be able to spend so much time at "Casa Wittich" in Florida with Rita, Bob and Bobby. I have so many wonderful memories. I will always treasure the years that he was a part of my life."
"Dear Bob--How I wished I had told you before now that you were one of the most caring and generous people I have ever known. At least I did tell you how I liked your email jokes, that you were a great host, and that being with you and your family was always wonderful. I also loved how proud you were of Bobby and Rita at their showcase performances. Bob and I will never ever forget you!!"
"Bob, thank you for always being the best role model for all of your siblings. You were such a caring person and always took the time to exhibit these wonderful traits and always included me considering I was the youngest. You will always have a special place in my heart today and always.
Love your sister, Elizabeth"
"Bob was a better friend than I deserved. He always resumed contact
when we would drift apart in the 57 years that we knew each other. We all had good times, made more memorable , because Bob was there.
He will be missed by all, especially Rita & Bobby. Stay Strong."
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. I always noticed that he was an upbeat guy who loved to watch your tennis matches. I wish we had played mixed doubles together. You are in my thoughts and prayers."
"It is difficult to know how I will ever be able to fill the void that Bob has left in my/our lives. But Bob’s spirit and selflessness will continue on, even in the absence of his body. His generous friendship should be a model for everyone. So in his memory we all should reach out and pay his spirit forward. That is a way for us all to honor his memory."
"I have wonderful memories of my Uncle Bob, like when he let me sit behind his big desk at the business he shared with my dad, all the times he tore up the dance floor with Aunt Rita, fantastic family gatherings at their home. He was so clearly a wonderful dad and husband, and he will be missed by the entire family."
"Bob was not only my brother in-Law, he was my friend.
He was always nice to me but especially nice to Trisha and my children Jennifer and Jonathan.
He will truly be missed."
"Forty-four years have gone by in a flash. They are only good memories and all passed too fast.Our love for Bob will always be true. He was our buddy thru and thru. Our visits more recently were burdened with sadness. Bob was a trooper and always greeted us with gladness. His attitude was cheerful but still a tease, he kicked us out, but always said "please!" Love, Laura & Bob (7/18/13)"
"I had the honor of meeting Uncle Bob two years ago at my wedding. Mike always spoke very fondly of him and the rest of his Wittich Uncles and after meeting them that weekend I understood why. My deepest condolences to Rita and Bobby. "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.""
"I didn't really know Bob as well as family members, but I did know him as Santa at Helene's wonderful Christmas parties. He was great with all the kids, big and small, and always had a joke for everyone. He was a very big man with a matching big heart. May he rest in peace. My heart felt condoleneces to Rita and Bobby and the rest of the Wittich family."
"Bob and I met in grammar school. He's one of my oldest friends.
Of course, we'll see each other again."
"Bob "King Turkey" will always live in my heart as a kind, smart, funny, and caring man, mentor, and friend. I am honored to have known him and shared great times with him, Rita, and Brother Bob. "Big Bob" was adored by our kids. We are forever saddened and express our deepest condolences to Rita and Bobby. We love you Mr. Wittich..."
"You will forever be in my heart, my memories of you will keep me from falling apart
I am so proud and blessed to get to say, your my big brother in every way
Thank you big brother for all you gave, for everything you showed me along the way
Now I want to say to you, how much I love and miss you too
So rest in peace big brother of mine, I'll see you again when it's my time"
"We would like to express our sincere condolences to Rita and Bobby. We were lucky to spend some time this January with Bob and Rita at their lovely Florida home. We had a fun time playing tennis and golf and enjoyed dinners with all three Wittich's. Bob was an interesting, kind and generous man, with a ready laugh and a positive outlook on life. We will miss him."
"When Wes told me about this site I composed my thoughts and quickly learned that 392 characters are totally inadequate to honor a man of Bob's stature. I'll just say here that he was a fun brother-in-law to me and a much-admired uncle to my children and we will miss him. Please see my initial thoughts in the story titled "Gentle Giant.""
"Hector and I have known Bob and Rita for over 40 years. It was so great getting together with them every March for the last 5 years to catch up on old times. It always felt like we had seen each other the week before. Bob was such a sweet man, so gentle, funny and low key. We will truly miss him. Rita, Bobby, you are in our prayers. Our condolences to Bob's entire family."
"Bob was a part-time member of the Larchmont tennis group. It was a pleasure to have been on the same court with him from time to time over the past 10+ summers. He was an all-around terrific guy, and a very UNDER-rated tennis player!! He will be missed by all of us at the park."
"Although I never met Bob, he sure sounds like a nice guy who enjoyed life to the fullest.(so many great stories and photos). To Liz and Jeff and Liz`s entire family, I wish to express sincere sympathy in the loss of your dear one. My thoughts and prayers are with you...God bless."
"Bob truly touched my life in many ways and he will be missed. His good humor and ability to make everyone feel comfortable, his generosity, warmth and culinary insights will always be in my heart. He was a wonderful brother in-law and I will always remember the good times shared with Bob and his family. All my love and sympathy to Rita and Bob Jr."
"Bob was the type of friend that always had time for you and was ready to share his knowledge and insights. His sense of "family" was large enough to include all of us who knew him. We spent many happy moments with Bob, Rita and Bobby and will always cherish those. Loved our pool times and emails. Bob you were a cherished brother and friend.God blesses us with our memories of you."
My heartfelt condolences to you, Bobby and family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so saddened for your loss."
"Bob was not only my oldest big brother but my God father, father figure and friend.He listened to me when I needed to be heard,offered advice when I needed it and always seemed to have solutions to my problems big and small. He taught me the game of baseball and this just scratches the surface. He enrished my life. My heart is broken. I will miss him so."
"Bob was a wonderful friend for over 40 years. He always had a cheerful smile, was fun to be around and had a great sense of humor.
His generosity and caring for others will always be remembered.
He will truly be missed."
"At the best times and the worse times of my life, all I had to do was turn around and Bob was right there, to cheer for me or hold me up. Bob was that kind of man. I am going to miss you big brother and I will treasure every memory of you."
"Big brother Bob was a genuine kind, compassionate man full of wisdom & encouragement. He had a huge impact in my life always showing me respect, unconditional love & support. I consider myself fortunate to call him my brother but truly a honor to call him my friend. It meant the world to me how much he loved my children. When he left this earth he took a piece of my heart. “UNFORGETABLE”"
"Bob is my Brother, my friend. I will miss his ready smile, hearty laugh and good humor.
A Loving Husband, Father, Brother, Friend. None better.
The world lost one of the good ones.
He IS an "All Star" on any team.
Happy Trails my Brother."
"It was great to see Bob again at the 50 anniversary of graduating Brooklyn Prep. My wife and I had a great time with Bob and Rita at our get together at Bear Mountain Inn last summer. We emailed a lot and poor Bob had to endure many of my emails that raised suspicions as to my sanity. Nonetheless, he gave me a compliment I really appreciated, "Nate, you're a funny guy.""
"Heartfelt condolences to you Rita, and your son, Bob during this time. We will be here in Palm Beach Gardens when you return and be your support in whatever you may need. Until you return, we will keep you in our daily prayers and thoughts."
"Bob was the perfect "Big Brother" - leader, mentor, instigator, protector, friend. He looked after all 9 of his sibilings when we were young and he really never stopped. I will miss his good humor, quick intelligence and wide smile, and will treasure the last several years since we both retired and were able to spend real time together. I will remember him swimming in his pool and smiling."
"Bob......although I only met you, Rita, and your children only once when I was young, I remember that visit as if it were yesterday. I remember you being happy go lucky.......just like a "Wittich" should standing in my parents kitchen. My concolences to Rita, and your children that they may know you will live in their hearts forever."
"Bob was a great "big brother". He led me to many of the jobs he held working his way through school so I could do the same: security guard, NYC cab driver, bartender. We later became business partners and worked closely together for 13 years. His counsel was always sound and he was always available to me when I needed him. I will miss you Bro - and I will never forget you!."
"Bob and Rita have been very special friends to me and my family for almost a decade. I am so glad that my father-in-law introduced us - and I take comfort knowing that Bob and Carlo are sharing some Italian food in heaven right now. I feel very lucky to have visited Bob and play golf with him this past February. You will be missed. You are a good friend."
"My dearest Bob, We have truly loved each other for almost 50 years. You were the light of my life. You were the kindest, most loving, gentlest, funniest man I have ever known.You were a wonderful husband and a caring and loving father. We were a great team and you were my biggest supporter and cheerleader. I will miss you terribly and I will love you forever."
"Bob was a very special friend to all our family. We loved spending time with him, life was never dull. We cannot begin to understand what a huge loss his passing will be to you Rita and Bobby. We have so many Bob stories we are thinking of writing a book. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family at this very sad time"
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