Robert J. Wilson
Vietnam veteran with photography and geneaology as hobbies
Robert J. (Bob) Wilson, 76, passed away suddenly on Saturday October 10, 2020. He is greatly missed by his wife, Harriet Friedman-Wilson, son Matthew, daughter Melinda, son-in-law George Chedzhemov and grandson Benjamin. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Gawarkiewicz, brother-in-law Charles, Jill and Thomas Kwatkoski, Chuck Gawarkiewicz and Erin O'Connor, and their families, as well as numerous cousins, old and new.
Born in Travis, Staten Island, a place that always held a special place in his heart, to Helen Rybicki and John Wilson in 1944, he could often be found walking and taking photos of the evolving town. If you were lucky enough to have run into him, he was likely to have photos for you from previous walks, and would always take time to chat with old friends.
Bob was a Vietnam veteran and worked for the City of New York in Child Protective Services for 36 years. Bob's love of photography has left us with a treasure of photographs for which we will forever be grateful. Following his retirement, he became the family genealogist, finally accomplishing his father's wish of locating his long lost sister's family. He wove his new-found family into his life just as he had with so many.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Team Trevor/ Christmas in July Toy Drive, P.O Box 64, Bayville, NJ 08721
Please join us in celebrating Bob's much too short life on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Harmon Funeral Home from 2-5 pm.
Harmon Funeral Home
571 Forest Ave.
Staten Island, N.Y. 10310
Published in Staten Island Advance on Oct. 13, 2020.