Robert J. Pitek


Pitek, Robert John, age 74, of Wyckoff, N.J. entered into eternal rest peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 16, 2021.  Robert (“Bob”) was predeceased by his parents, John and Wilhelmina (nee Michielsen).  He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Lorraine (nee Vervaet) and his loving daughter Stacey and son-in-law Kevin Beirne and son Douglas and daughter-in-law Kelly-Anne (Rainato) and grandchildren Ryder and Brayden.  Dearest cousin of Raymond (Linda) Pitek  and Susan Westra.

Bob was a longtime resident of Wyckoff where he settled with Lorraine to raise their family, after starting their life together first in Fair Lawn.  Bob served the country honorably in the US Navy, travelling the waterways of the western Pacific aboard the USS Serrano, including during the conflict in Vietnam.  Although he rarely spoke of his efforts during the war, it was clear that Bob was tremendously proud of the heroics of so many in the face of such danger, often at such young ages.  Bob held a special place in his heart for all who served our country.  After returning home from the military, Bob embarked on a thirty-year career as a lineman with Bell Telephones, which ultimately became Lucent Technologies.  After retirement, with his wife Lorraine, Bob leveraged the skills he had learned to launch their own small business installing and repairing telephone systems; and, although he ultimately retired from the business, he never stopped sharing his knowledge as the “go-to” for all technical questions.  Bob was happiest spending his later years side-by-side with Lorraine, often times surrounded by family at the Jersey Shore or celebrating holidays and special occasions around the dinner table (or a poker table!).  He will be greatly missed but fondly remembered by all.

In light of current circumstances, services will be private, however a memorial celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date for all family and friends.  Arrangements by Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, Fair Lawn, NJ.  Donations in lieu of flowers to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or The Ashley Rose Foundation, 34 Club Drive, Massapequa, NY 11758, would be appreciated.

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To Lorraine and family I am sorry to heard that Bob has pass away. I am glad I got to see you and Bob 3 years ago at a restaurant. I know that you and I will miss him. I also know that you and I will see him again in Heaven. You take care!! Love Rick Bowman, the brother of Bob Bowman
Rick Bowman
Our deepest sympathy for your loss, he was a great person to have know.
Pat and Greg Gere
So sorry to hear the news about my cousin Bobby. We lost touch over the years, but I have fond memories of playing board games on the porch with him at his house in Bunker Hill (Piel Street, Paterson) when we were kids and dancing with him at my wedding. Please know thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Barbara (Michielsen) Bordine
Barbara (Michielsen) Bordine
Barbara and Val DeAppolonio
Dearest Lorraine... your lifetime buddy is in heaven. still with you... and sits on a plane of dimension. where you CAN talk to him so do it.., we are in the state of shock....we are suffering for YOUR heart.and your families.your son and his daughter and their families are now in shock.... not a day went by, driving by, thinking of both of you...waiting for a connection...knowing his heart was not well..was a hard pill to swollow...he was a mans man had a great person....a veteran...who loved his country and his guns... the days run away like Wild Horses over the hill" we must appreciated every single day.. all of us now have to watch our YOU DO THAT PLEASE>..IF YOU NEED ANYTHING>> a visit a meal let me know.....he was ONE OF A KIND.......wish We got to hug you always...barbara and val and family......lost my brother at 69 last year...was another shocker... on the 18th hole on his best course.. he died...we have not been the same neither will YOU....I will be here for any call or visit that you wish...GOD TAKES THE GOOD ONES REALLY TOO SOON>.....
Barbara and Val DeAppolonio
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