Robert Mutz

Robert A., 78, long-time organized labor activist who prided himself on the many years he worked on the development of Giants Stadium, passed away on November 14, 2012 of Prostate Cancer at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Mr. Mutz, who as a young man sang professionally under the name Bobby Dell and appeared in many nightclubs throughout the New York - New Jersey Metropolitan area, dedicated his professional life to the betterment of Organized Labor and worked in Local 825 of the National Operating Engineers for over 40 years. Even after his retirement he continued to be involved in union activities.
Born in Jersey City and raised in Weehawken, Mr. Mutz, as a young man talked of seeing the once marshlands of the Metropolitan area one day developed into a vast complex of buildings with its signature achievement being a national professional football stadium. "Organized Labor has woven men and later women, into fields and salary ranges that would never have been imagined possible if it was not for the strength of the union movement," he said at one address. "Unions have not only brought their members into financial security; which in turn has spurred the Nation's economic development over many years, but it has provided both men and women with a much safer and more productive lifestyle," he continued. Raised in Weehawken, Mr. Mutz graduated from Weehawken High School and lived in Union City and North Bergen before moving to Fort Lee. He was a sports enthusiast.
Mr. Mutz, of Fort Lee, is survived by his fiancee and devoted companion of 40 years, Gerda Dauman, who was and remains the love of his life; his two daughters, Mrs. Judy Rockey of State College, Pennsylvania and her husband Jon, their children Katie, Becky, Corie and Elizabeth and Mrs. Carol Vogt of Vernon, New Jersey and her husband John, their children Jay, Jessica and Ashley; two step-grandchildren, Danny Dauman and his daughter Kathlyn, and Michael Dauman and his daughter Ayla, all of Florida.
He very meaningfully shared his singing talents at both of his daughters weddings, serenading them each with their own special performance of Daddy's Little Girl. As a grandfather, Mr. Mutz spoke about his family's accomplishments often and with a deep sense of pride and love.
Family will receive friends on Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 3-6 PM at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113-S Farview Ave., Paramus. Funeral Service 6 PM on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home. Private Cremation.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the , 20 Mercer Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601 or to the ASPCA, Attn: Gift Processing Center, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090.
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Published in The Record on Nov. 17, 2012