Robert G. Albiker Jr.

ALBIKER JR. , Robert G. On Thursday September 12th, Bob's beautiful spirit was set free. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by his children after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 17, 1927 to Robert G. and Mildred M. (nee Redifer) Albiker Sr. He attended schools in Pimlico and at 18 joined the Navy serving proudly as a gunner's mate on the USS Craven and the USS Perkins. After his discharge from the Navy he returned to his beloved hometown of Baltimore. On November 27, 1948, Bob married the love of his life Dolores "Dolly" Landergren. They were married for 59 years before Dolly died on August 8, 2008. Together they made their home on Subet Road in Baltimore County and raised their 4 children. Bob's life was his family. He was very proud of each of his children, supported their many activities, and participated in their many activities. Whether it was coaching Rob's football teams or skiing down a hill.Bob was happiest when he was spending time with his family. Bob was an active member of the Randallstown Optimist Club as well as the Boumi Temple Shrine. He retired in 1990 and with Dolly realized their dream by moving to the Eastern Shore where they lived for 15 years in Swan Keys, Delaware. There they enjoyed boating, crabbing, and relaxing with new and old friends. As per usual, Bob was active in the community serving on many committees and with the local Optimist club. Many a night found them playing cards around the kitchen table with dear friends or gathering at their favorite restaurants. November, 2005 found Bob and Dolly moving to Maine to be near their daughter Robin. Cold winter nights they warmed themselves by a blazing fire and warm summer days found them rocking on the back porch. Bob looked forward to his children visiting him, touring around Maine as well as his many trips back to Baltimore to reconnect with family and friends. Bob's passion for sports followed him to Maine and he avidly rooted for his "Baltimore" teams. To say that Bob was ecstatic that the Raven's won the Superbowl last year would be an understatement. He was anxiously waiting for this football season to begin. He now has seats on the 50 yard line. Bob's sweet, sweet soul will be greatly missed. His sense of humor, his wit, and his charm will be remembered by all those that loved him. You were truly blessed if you could call Bob "my friend". The love he had for his children was evident to the very end. He was a devoted husband and father and instilled in his children the importance of family. Bob is survived by his children. His daughters Diane Reilly & Michael, Robin Jarvis & Bill Gore, Rosemary Phillips & Mike; son Robert Albiker & Liz Fitzgerald; his grandchildren Daniel and Jennifer Phillips and Russell and Shane Fitzgerald; his sister-in-law Diana Landergren; nieces Regina Hamilton and her husband Pete and Lisa Finnegan; great niece Stephanie Ittner-Garee and her husband Jason; great nephews Jim Ittner and his wife Bethany and Shane Finnegan; great-great niece Evelyn Garee; and great-great nephew Branson Finnegan; and many lifelong friends whom he loved dearly. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Hank "Sonny" Landergren.
The family would like to express their gratitude to all those that helped honor Bob's wish to die in his own home. Your love and support will never be forgotten. A memorial service with military honors will be held in Baltimore. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice, Lewiston, Maine in Bob's memory.

Published in Baltimore Sun on Sept. 22, 2013