ForeverMissed

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.

Posted by Heather Cramp on July 13, 2020
Bob, it may be seven years but you are still frequently in out thoughts. The Cramp and Wilson families in Oz.
Posted by Rita Wittich on July 11, 2020
Dear Bob. Its been 7 years and it doesn't get any easier. It seems especially difficult because of all that is going on right now. I miss you every day. Love always Rita
Posted by Wesley Wittich on July 11, 2020
Miss you Bob!
Posted by Richard Wittich on July 9, 2020
Hey brother, hard to believe it has been 7 years. Think of you often...I miss your wisdom and your laugh. 

Love you
Rich
Posted by Rita Wittich on May 10, 2020
Dear Bob,
Today is Mother's Day, A bitter sweet day for you and I. Seven years ago(hard to believe it has been that long) you woke up with no voice. That was the beginning of us learning what was happening to you. So sorry you had to go through that whole journey. I love you and miss you
Rita
Posted by Rita Wittich on December 16, 2019

Dear Bob,
Happy Birthday. I miss being able to celebrate your birthday. We always had a good time and laughed and loved. Now I just miss you even more--if that is possible. You would have been 75 years old today--a milestone. Your birthday is also an anniversary for Bobby, since today he has been on the kidney transplant list for four years. I wish that you could be here to help Bobby and I along this path. I will love you forever.
Posted by Therese Wittich Schoborg on December 16, 2019
Happy Birthday in heaven Bob!! You are so missed by everyone! You always brought a bright light to every room, you knew when a hug would soothe all pain, and you were so much fun to be around. Love you forever!!❤️
Posted by Laura Bartels on December 16, 2019
Dear Bob,
On your birthday and always, we forever remember all our wonderful times together and different little Wittichisms that make us laugh!
Love
Laura & Bob
Posted by Patricia Stone on December 16, 2019
Bob,
Happy Birthday! I miss you every day and love you til the end of time.
Love
Trisha
Posted by Jim Wittich on December 16, 2019
Hi Bro,

Wishing we could sneak out for a birthday beer. I think of you all of the time and miss you. It pains me to think if how young you were when we lost you and how you have not been here for so many events, holidays and changes to our family.

I am still hacking away at business and could use one of those coffee breaks when we would sit in your office and map out a daily plan, that usually didn't make it past lunch time. Not much has changed in that regard, except now I can't blame you for the bad planning!

Your loving brother,
Jim
Posted by Laura Bartels on July 11, 2019
Dear Bob,
We think of you often and miss your wonderful friendship. Your warmth and sense of humor are forever with us.
In loving memory,
Laura & Bob
Posted by Rita Wittich on July 11, 2019
Dear Bob,
It has been six years since you left me and I miss you every day so much. I really have a hard time believing it is so long ago, yet seems like yesterday. I have been organizing our old photos and walking down memory lane every day--many time in tears.
Bobby and I are doing okay. His struggles with anxiety and kidney disease continue-but he is surviving. Still waiting for a kidney . 
We love you and need you.
Rita
Posted by Linda Wittich on July 11, 2019
Thinking of good times together and missing your awesome wit and wisdom. 
PS Thanks for being such a wonderful role model for Wes. He turned into a really good guy!
Posted by Wesley Wittich on July 11, 2019
Miss you Bob! Your are hard to forget! Recently, I have been remembering Bro Trip 08 with Mike and Rich in total laugh mode, Jim trying to teach us the lyrics to “Step Right Up” and you as the constant - super big brother and host.
Love you,
Wes
Posted by Patricia Stone on July 10, 2019
Time has passed by so quickly. I can't believe it has been 6 years since you were taken from us. Everyday, I think of you and miss you. You are always a constant voice in my head. Please continue to watch over us, we need you! We need your power and guidance from up above. We need you to be our guiding light. You will always be our big brother and it is a never ending job.
Love you,
Trisha
Posted by Elizabeth Butler on July 10, 2019
Brother Bob..
6 years without and not a day goes by that I don't think about you.
Miss you and I know you are watching over all of us.
Love you always and forever,
Liz
Posted by Richard Wittich on July 10, 2019
Brother Bob..
6 years have gone by and I have thought of you everyday. I miss your wisdom and your laugh. I am still working on filling the shoes you and others have left behind.
Love
Rich
Posted by Laura Bartels on December 17, 2018
You are always in our hearts and minds!
We miss you. Rita & Bobby remain cherished friends.
Laura & Bob
Posted by Rita Wittich on December 16, 2018
Dear Bob, Happy Birthday to you. I miss being able to share and celebrate your birthday with you. It really doesn't seem to get easier. I love you and always will.
Posted by Bill White on December 16, 2018
You are always fresh in my mind and heart Big Bob. Your laughter, wisdom, and kindness live forever.
Posted by Jim Wittich on December 16, 2018
Happy Birthday Bob. Miss you everyday. Hope you are sharing a few laughs with brother Mike. Life is harder without the two of you. Nora sends her love.
Posted by Wesley Wittich on December 16, 2018
Miss you Bob!
Posted by Therese Wittich Schoborg on December 16, 2018
Bob, we all miss you so much. Happy Birthday in heaven!!
Posted by Nate Marciano on December 16, 2018
Bob, Y'know, our birthdays are almost the same. I'm 11 days older than you. Just a little tidbit. We had a lot of laughs when we went to that luncheon back in 2012. I miss that. Maybe on the other side we can do that again. Nate Marciano
Posted by Richard Wittich on December 15, 2018
Hey Bro.
I wanted to wish you a very happy birthday!
Love and miss you
Rich
Posted by Jennifer Stone on December 12, 2018
Today i had a someone come in my office that needed to communicate using Spanish. I immediately thought of the Spanish lessons you would give me when my mom was in the hospital and all the times I would call you for help with my homework. I miss you but am happy that you are always on my mind. Love you
Posted by Heather Cramp on July 25, 2018
Thought of you back on the 10th mate. Where have those 5 years gone. Nearly got to join you a few weeks back. But some quick repair work has the ticker going gang busters again. Love and happy memories from the Cramp family. Rod
Posted by Jim Wittich on July 11, 2018
Hi Bob,
It is hard to believe you are gone 5 years. I took a long walk late last night along the river where I now live. I wanted to be alone to pull out all the memories of you on the anniversary of your passing; to remember both the hard and happy times we shared. I miss you very much and often wonder if you are present when I am walking around taking care of daily chores. I think you were there last night; you are always there in my heart. I wish I had the chance to talk to you to get some of that sage advice! Take care big brother.
Jim
Posted by Rita Wittich on July 10, 2018
My Dear Bob, I cannot believe you are gone 5 years already. Yet everyday seems like an eternity. I am cleaning out 21 Cambria and keep running across items that remind me of the good times we had, but at the same time break my heart. I wish I could just talk to you one more time. Believe it or not, I could use your advice on quite a few matters and your support on many, many more. Bobby and I are managing--thanks to help from family and friends. I love you and Miss you so much. Rita
Posted by Richard Wittich on July 9, 2018
Bob,
Hard to believe it is 5 years since we lost you. I think of you everyday and miss you terribly. 
Love
Rich
Posted by Therese Wittich Schoborg on December 26, 2017
Merry Christmas Bob! Miss you and think of you so often. Wish you were here. Your family misses you so much!  Love you ❤️
Posted by Rita Wittich on December 17, 2017
Dear Bob, Happy, Happy Birthday. I miss you so much. It seems like I miss you more and more every day. I love you. Rita
Posted by Tony Mastellone on December 17, 2017
Happy Birthday, my good friend. Miss you very much
Posted by Gloria Mar on December 16, 2017
I remember all the good times we shared. Much Love
Posted by Therese Wittich Schoborg on December 16, 2017
Happy Birthday Bob! Hope you are dancing in heaven with Mom, Dad and Mike! I think of you so often and wonder how things would be if you were still with us. I miss you and love you so much!
Posted by Jim Wittich on December 16, 2017
Still think of you everyday, but especially today. Happy Birthday and say "hi" to Mike. Miss you both.
Posted by Richard Wittich on December 15, 2017
Hey brother...I wanted to wish you a early happy birthday. I always think of you and miss you very much.

Love
Rich
Posted by Helene Decamp on September 4, 2017
Hi Bob, It has been way too long since I have written. It is still hard to believe you are gone. I can still hear your voice in my head. So sorry you were not here to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary with Rita. I do my best to keep in touch with Rita and Bobby. Miss you dearly and I think of you daily. See you again someday my dear sweet brother.
Posted by Rita Wittich on August 26, 2017
Dear Bob, Today would have been our 50th anniversary. I can't help thinking about how we would have celebrated. Maybe we would have had a big party again or maybe a quiet dinner. I just wish you were here to spend it with me. I miss you and will love you forever. Love Rita
Posted by Rita Wittich on July 10, 2017
Dear Bob,
I can't believe that you are gone for four years. I miss you all the time and talk to you as if you were still here. I wish I could tell you that everything is fine, but Bobby and I are going through a rough time right now. He is having a very difficult time with his dialysis and the effects it is having on him. He sure could use his Dad right now. We miss you and will love you always, Love forever, Rita
Posted by Richard Wittich on July 10, 2017
Hey bro,

Think about you very often and wish you were still with us.

Love and miss you.
Rich
Posted by Karen Horan on July 10, 2017
Time seems to be moving impossibly fast but realizing you're gone 4 years doesn't feel real. God Bless you.
Posted by Wesley Wittich on July 10, 2017
I miss you Big Brother. We all do.
Posted by Heather Cramp on July 10, 2017
It was only yesterday that I played Stacey's CD in my car (at Lewis' request) and you immediately popped into my mind when she sang 'Poor Jenny'. I had to explain to Lewis (aged 4) who 'Uncle Bob' was. Where have the past four years gone? I'm sure as one ages the time passes by even faster. The Wilson's are presently visiting during school holidays and together with Mel we are eating out tonight. We will 'raise our glasses' to you my friend and relive some fond memories of yesteryear. Love from the Cramp and Wilson families. Rod
Posted by Jennifer Stone on May 1, 2017
Hey Uncle Bob,

As I sit here in the airport waiting for my plane to Italy with Dan I wish you were here so we could talk about all your experiences traveling. Miss you terribly and think of you often. Please be my guardian angel on this trip.

Love,
Jennifer & Dan
Posted by Jennifer Stone on March 15, 2017
Hey Uncle Bob,
It is amazing to me how much time has passed since you left us. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I miss calling you for advice and to share good news for you. Although I am sure you know, on Monday March 13th, Dan got down on one knee and asked for my hand in marriage. Aunt Rita & Bobby were able to see it all on Skype but your face was certainly missing from the picture. After our conversation in your hospital room I know how much you loved us as a couple as well as individually. You were certainly missed but I most definitely felt you present at the gathering Dan organized to completely surprise me. I love you so much and wish you were here to share this happy time with us. ~Jennifer & Dan
Posted by Patricia Stone on December 24, 2016
Dear Bob,
So how has so much time passed???? Our family thinks about you everyday and talk about what a great man you were to all that had the pleasure of knowing you. We miss you so very much. Merry Christmas!!
Love Trisha, Jay, Jonathan, Jennifer & Dan
Posted by Mike Denesha on December 18, 2016
Hey Bob, It's that time of the year again...the annual pilgrimage from the north country to be with you all in Florida for the Christmas celebration. Emily, Rees and I will be joining you all to celebrate the holidays and remember you fondly and probably tell some "Bob Stories." I also wanted to just add, in case it slipped by you, The Cubbies won the World Series this year after 108 years. Great time in Chicago. Love you buddy and miss you lots.
Posted by Gloria Mar on December 17, 2016
You are always in my thoughts and heart. Much Love
Posted by Chris Barnes on December 16, 2016
Rita and Bob,
Thinking of you both today - and often.
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Posted by Heather Cramp on July 13, 2020
Bob, it may be seven years but you are still frequently in out thoughts. The Cramp and Wilson families in Oz.
Posted by Rita Wittich on July 11, 2020
Dear Bob. Its been 7 years and it doesn't get any easier. It seems especially difficult because of all that is going on right now. I miss you every day. Love always Rita
Posted by Wesley Wittich on July 11, 2020
Miss you Bob!
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Shared by Rod Cramp on September 2, 2013

"Good morning Robert. At last spring has arrived with a flourish of colour and freshness after a long, wet, Wagga Wagga winter. This e-mail is being sent from home instead of my office as I have finally retired. Yes, I know it's about time you say! This mornings news has the European economy improving, at least the northern part, and China too. Our All Ord's is nearing 5,200 - a five year high - and there is a lot more green than red on my watch list. Our Reserve bank meets today but the expectation is that our benchmark rate will  stay at 2.50% especially given we go to the polls on Saturday to rid ourselves of Kevin Rudd. With a new government and renewed consumer confidence it is hoped, especially from a retiree's perspective, that further rate cuts will not be necessary. I see that my beloved METS failed to sweep the Nat's as they struggle to finish the year on a positive note. Let me know what you think about your mate's decision to 'flick the ball' to congress re Syria? I had better go. I think Hezz has jobs lined up for me. Retirement! Yea! Give my love to Rita and Bobby." 

Sadly, I know I will not get a response from my mate. But if I did, it would have been prompt, insightful, warm and witty. Since our return to Oz in 1986, Bob was the 'penfriend' I never had as a youngster. I greatly miss this contact.

In some ways, Bob was the 'big' brother I never had. I 'looked up' to him; enjoyed his missives; his trips to Oz; his interaction with my adult children and my grandchildren; his beautiful reflection of my only son, Peter; his pronunciation of 'gidday mate'; his dismissal of a handshake for a bear hug; sharing a cold beer whether it be a VB or a Bud; his choice of Italian restaurants; his Spanish; and his overwhelming generosity. I admit to not enjoying (the next morning) our sharing of a bottle of JD and a cigar.

Bob you are and will remain a good mate.
 

Bob in the 1950s

Shared by Wesley Wittich on August 3, 2013

For those of you who only knew Bob as an adult you would easily recognize him as a youth.   Bob was a happy and confident boy, and if he wasn’t outright leading an activity, he was always involved in the leadership.  Summertime was the best.  I remember endless games of punchball, stickball, stoopball, skelzies, “Johnny on the pony”, ringolevio, and kick the can.  Bob always made sure I was included.  Of course, the touch football games in City Park were classic, as were the two full tackle football games he set up between the boys from St. James and St. Augustine in Memorial Park.  Most of us only had helmets and the hits were brutal, but so much fun.

I distinctly remember the happiness of being rewarded by Bob with an ice-cold Hires root beer after helping him with his extensive paper route one hot summer afternoon, and the excitement as he introduced me to his hideout in a subway tunnel which we accessed by scaling the granite abutment of the Manhattan Bridge on the corner of Sand and Jay streets and squeezing through some pulled back fencing under the walkway.  Bob was adventurous and courageous.  He was everything you wanted in a big brother

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Shared by Doris Hirschhorn on August 1, 2013

With the image of his smirk accompanied by a laugh frozen in my memory, it’s hard to imagine that this same person could be so intimidating to me as a child.  “Mr. Wittich” was that big scary guy… you know that one adult you remember as a kid that for some reason instilled you with a certain fear.  But I’ll never forget the time when the big scary guy delivered one of the all-time classic lines to end the Little League baseball game for the ages.

            With seven different pitchers, a marathon of walks, and darkness threatening to end a game that lasted so long nobody knew which team was winning; Geoff Berman threw the infamous pitch that would turn a semi-comatose crowd into frenzy.  In an instant, umpire Bob Wittich was given the not so good fortune of being at the center of the biggest controversy in the history of the Larchmont Little League.  Long story short, the pitch bounced before it reached home plate and the batter somehow managed to make contact and get a hit, seemingly defying the laws of physics.  Nobody had ever seen this before… a pitch being hit on a bounce.  Is it live? Should the kid run to first base? Is it a do over?  Faster than you can grab your cell phone, the familiar roar when someone gets a hit was heard throughout and what ensued was a 10-minute display of everything that is wrong with youth sports… parents on the field screaming at each other, fingers pointing. There was yelling, shouting, flailing arms, altercation, and total pandemonium… all while innocent nine-years-olds stood dumfounded.  Soon order was restored and the game ended prematurely on account of general ridiculousness. 

            During the proverbial insincere hand shake, the once silent Little Leaguers began to argue with one another while exhausted emotionless parents methodically began packing up for the night.  “No, we won,” said one child. “No we did, it was 8 to 7,” said another.  “No it was 7 to 6, we won,” added a third child.  As the volume of voices escalated with more kids from each team joining the debate, a new altercation began to emerge.  It was then that a stern, commanding, loud voice came over the Little Leaguers from the big scary Mr. Wittich that silenced all.  “Hey stop that right now… you guys are old enough to know not to act like your parents!”  A line that cut the tension completely and belongs in the Henny Youngman Hall of Fame. I can still hear the laughs from all the adults in the background.  Mr. Wittich, your sense of humor will be missed! 

--Andrew Hirschhorn