Robert William Day Sickles
1927 - 2020
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Robert William Day Sickles, 92, of Little Silver, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at his home on March 30, 2020. He was born on September 28, 1927 in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Harold and Elsie Sickles. Bob attended Red Bank High School and graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy in 1945.

Bob married the love of his life, Adelaide Hoyt, in 1953. He is survived by his loving daughters Virginia (partner Finn Gatewood) and Jane (husband Michael McMahon) and his sons Robert (wife Leslie Sickles) and Theodore; his grandchildren Tori Sickles O'Brien (husband Thomas O'Brien), Sasha Sickles, Tristan Sickles, and Liam McMahon; and his great grandson Jackson Sickles O'Brien. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Adelaide, his parents, Harold and Elsie, his sister, Charlotte Schwenker and his partner, Carol Perkins. Bob was very grateful to his son, Ted, for taking wonderful care of him in his last days.

Bob was best known for his love of farming, and upon graduating from Admiral Farragut, he elected to stay in Little Silver and continue working with his father at Sickles Farm, eventually becoming the owner. Bob continued the Sickles legacy by putting to use his strong work ethic and talent for producing delicious fruits and vegetables. He enjoyed the relationships he built with other local farmers and proudly passed on his success to the third and fourth generations who run the business today. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his children and grandchildren.

Known for his quick wit, Bob always had a good story or a ready joke to share. His gentle and compassionate spirit touched the lives of many. He loved tinkering with well-used farm equipment preferring the older, simpler models of tractors and ploughs. He also loved salt water fishing and, in his younger days, took every opportunity to cast a line. He and Adelaide were avid square dancers with local dance clubs where they made many lasting friendships. Bob was also a lifelong active member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Little Silver.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Bob's life will be held at St. John's at a future date. The family asks that in lieu of sending flowers, donations be made in Bob's memory to St. John's Episcopal Church in Little Silver. Thompson Memorial Home of Red Bank, NJ has been entrusted with the arrangements.




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Published in Asbury Park Press from Apr. 1 to Apr. 5, 2020.
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April 11, 2020
I was Mr. Sickles Barber for a number of years. I have never met a finer gentleman in my entire life. He had many great stories and a quick wit. I will miss him and his ready smile.
Robert Hostrup
April 3, 2020
I always felt Bob was the Jimmie Stewart of Little Silver. A kind, caring and friendly 'every man'. My sincere condolences to the family.
Ron Bruer
April 3, 2020
My deepest sympathies to the family. I worked at the farm for a few summers and he was always gracious. His smile lite up his face. Whenever our parents got together, there was always laughter. He was a gentleman and a gentle man.
Debbie Close Shilling
April 3, 2020
I knew Bob while he was a resident at The Atrium. He was a wonderful friend to many, a caring partner to Carol, a true gentleman, and a man of deep faith. While it was sad for us when he moved back with his family, we are grateful that he was surrounded by those he loved in his last years. We miss him!
Chaplain Carole Warfield
April 3, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Michael j. Menosky
April 2, 2020
My condolences to the Sickles family. Growing up in Red Bank, the Sickles family and farm have always had a special place in my heart. The legacy is special and it is sad to lose the patriarch. Many thoughts and prayers during this difficult time
Chris McCue
April 2, 2020
Sorry to read this. Mr. Sickles was such a kind, gentle man and I used to love seeing him on his tractor!
Laura Hardy
April 2, 2020
Bob was an amazing man. I took care of Teddy and Jane in the summers until I went to college. Bob and Adelaide always made sure we had fresh tomatoes and corn every day for lunch❤ My love goes out to all of you. You all are in my prayers. Love to Bobby, Teddy, Jane, and Ginny❤
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