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Robert J. Wittich
  • 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.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Therese Wittich Schoborg on 19th January 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by Bill White on 17th January 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by Rita Wittich on 6th January 2014

"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"

This tribute was added by Patricia Stone on 25th December 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by helene decamp on 24th December 2013

"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 you"

This tribute was added by helene decamp on 21st December 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Tony Mastellone on 19th December 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Donald Cassano on 17th December 2013

"Thinking of Bob brings tears to my eyes but a smile to my lips. He will always be with us in our memories."

This tribute was added by Doris Hirschhorn on 17th December 2013

""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"

This tribute was added by Rita Wittich on 16th December 2013

"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"

This tribute was added by Mary Convy on 16th December 2013

"Happy Birthday Bob. You are missed everyday."

This tribute was added by michael wittich on 16th December 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Mike Denesha on 16th December 2013

"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"

This tribute was added by Wesley Wittich on 16th December 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Stone on 16th December 2013

"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!"

This tribute was added by Miriam Torok on 16th December 2013

"May the wonderful memories you shared with Rita and Bobby be with them always and comfort them."

This tribute was added by Therese Wittich Schoborg on 16th December 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Ed Ryan on 16th December 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Laura Bartels on 16th December 2013

"Bob, you are always in our thoughts and hearts.We miss you terribly.
To Rita and Bobby our love.

Love, Laura and Bob"

This tribute was added by Stacey Wilson on 16th December 2013

"Thinking of you all today."

This tribute was added by Jonathan Stone on 14th December 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Patricia Stone on 14th December 2013

""Happy Birthday" to my big brother!!   Your life was cut way too short.  I miss you everyday."

This tribute was added by Patricia Stone on 27th November 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Richard Wittich on 26th November 2013

"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


This tribute was added by Rita Wittich on 26th August 2013

"Dear 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.

This tribute was added by Barbara and Tom Olsen on 19th August 2013

"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!"

This tribute was added by Estelle Froman on 5th August 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Adelardo C'espedes on 4th August 2013

""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."

This tribute was added by Jonathan Stone on 2nd August 2013

"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"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Stone on 2nd August 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Bob Wittich Jr on 31st July 2013

""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.""

This tribute was added by Francis Kilcoyne on 31st July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Tony Mastellone on 29th July 2013

"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.""

This tribute was added by Karen Horan on 28th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Donald Cassano on 28th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Mary Convy on 27th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Doris Hirschhorn on 26th July 2013

"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!!"

This tribute was added by Elizabeth Butler on 25th July 2013

"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"

This tribute was added by WALTER DYLEWSKI on 24th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Sharma Schacknow on 23rd July 2013


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."

This tribute was added by Emily Denesha on 21st July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Keightley Amen on 20th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Jay Stone on 19th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Laura Bartels on 18th July 2013

"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)"

This tribute was added by Laura Moore on 18th July 2013

"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.""

This tribute was added by Anne Russell on 17th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Dan Varona on 17th July 2013

"Bob and I met in grammar school. He's one of my oldest friends.
Of course, we'll see each other again."

This tribute was added by Bill White on 16th July 2013

"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..."

This tribute was added by Richard Wittich on 16th July 2013

"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"

This tribute was added by Miriam & Michael Leo on 16th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Linda Wittich on 15th July 2013

"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.""

This tribute was added by Hector & Mary Jane Llanos on 15th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Jim Moran on 15th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Karen Fleming on 15th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Nora Wittich on 15th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Mike Denesha on 15th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by helen rullo on 15th July 2013

"Dear Rita
My heartfelt condolences to you, Bobby and family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so saddened for your loss."

This tribute was added by helene decamp on 14th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by mary jane kuhle on 14th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Therese Wittich Schoborg on 14th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Patricia Stone on 14th July 2013

"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”"

This tribute was added by michael wittich on 14th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Nate Marciano on 13th July 2013

"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.""

This tribute was added by Marylou Lawrence on 13th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Wesley Wittich on 13th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Barbara Wittich-Karpinski on 12th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Jim Wittich on 12th July 2013

"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!."

This tribute was added by Wayne Ferbert on 12th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Rita Wittich on 12th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Heather Cramp on 12th July 2013

"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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