WITKOW--Robert. An inspirational son, husband, daddy, brother and friend, Robert James Witkow was a hero beloved by all. He possessed the warmth of an angel, a wealth of knowledge both well rounded and unsurpassed and was truly the romantic dreamer whose dreams came true. A brilliant artist, literary genius and sonneteer, his words and brush strokes touched us all. Robert is survived by his wife and soul mate Tara, his beautiful daughter and muse Calliope, his loving parents Judith and Harold and brother Peter. RIP Robert James Witkow. Breathe Easy while you rock and roll with the muses and poets of yesteryear, knowing that your breath is what keeps us all alive.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 23, 2012