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Robert "Bob" Newara


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Robert "Bob" Newara Obituary
Robert "Bob" Newara, age 79, of North East, died on Friday January 4, 2019, at UPMC Hamot. He was born on August 21, 1939, in Erie, Pennsylvania, to the late Anthony and Josephine (Rizzo) Newara. Bob was a lifelong resident of North East.

Bob served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Intrepid in boiler maintenance. He attended Gannon University. He was employed by Welch Foods in North East and Westfield for over 40 years, until his retirement in 1999.

After retirement, Bob was employed at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home for several years. He was extremely community-minded, and spent his adult life serving the people of North East. In 1994, he was given a County of Erie Citation by County Executive, Judith M. Lynch. He was honored for serving as a member of the Erie County Metropolitan Planning Commission, Council President on the North East Borough committee (six years), Erie Council Representative (fourteen years), Coastal Zone Management Steering Committee, North East Street Commission, poll worker for elections, and currently a member of the North East Township Planning Commission. He was a member of St. Gregory Church, Romeo Breakfast Club, and served as secretary for the Lakeside Wednesday golf league. Throughout his life, he enjoyed family, friends, golfing, coaching Little League Softball, and was an avid Red Sox baseball fan. Bob had a kind heart, gentle soul, and was loved by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles, Paul, Joseph, and Anthony Newara; a sister, Rose Taylor; an infant sister, Sarah Newara; a brother-in-law, Bernard Lyons; and a son-in-law, Harold Buterbaugh.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Judith (Johnson) Newara, whom he married on October 7, 1961; daughters, Nadine Burkhart (Dan) of North East, Patricia Strine (Marty) of Ripley, and Kathleen Babins of Millcreek; brothers, Louis Newara of North East, Raymond Newara (Gwendolyn) of California, Carl "Jerry" Newara (Dolores) of North East, and Vincent Newara (Mary Jo) of North East; sisters, Angeline Martina of California and Shirley Sgarlata (Sam) of California; grandchildren, Tara, Alicia, Jenna, Jennifer, Danielle, Leah, Zachary, Megan, and Samuel; sister-in-law Dolores Lyons; and also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and are invited to attend a Prayer Service on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gregory Church. Interment, with Full Military Honors, will be held at St. Gregory Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Erie ANNA Shelter, 1555 East 10th Street, Erie, PA 16511, or the North East Fire Department, P.O. Box 89, North East, PA 16428.

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Published in the Erie Times-News from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2019
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