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Robert W. Lewis

AGE: 35 •

Lewis, Robert W., age 35 born, Sept. 15, 1980 Thirty five years ago, a little boy was born. Almost from the beginning, his life was straddled with angst and hardship. His mother, almost too young to understand life herself, raised and nurtured her little boy to understand the values of love, respect, and self-sufficiency. It was difficult growing up without a father, but his mother's strength, perseverance, and unwavering devotion was imparted unto this child and soon he became a studious young man of almost limitless potential. Robert enjoyed reading and devoured every book that came across his path. He was intelligent, kind, and sincere, exactly the kind of person his proud mother had hoped he would become. Robert had many friends as it was easy to be drawn in by his charismatic smile and selfless desire to help all those around him. As a young man, Robert was hired by a local automobile dealership where he worked for many years as the Service and Parts Director. He was respected and admired by both his clients and his co-workers. Robert had reached the pinnacle of his life, a great career, a new home that he built, a passion for cars, boats, and motorcycles. He loved MMA fights, wrestling, Phillies and those "Stinkin" Eagles. He loved his animals: Chico, Nismo Macho and Mimi. Our Robert was reaping the rewards of his well-deserved success and he did so humbly. We were all so proud of him. Many great memories were made with Rob's sense of humor. The future for Robert was bright but underneath that confident and successful man was a deep sadness that nobody could understand; sadness so pervasive that he too could not understand. As time went on, Robert became more reclusive as he tried to thwart off the demons of depression. Nobody will ever be sure of what singular cause, or what multitude of events provided the catalyst for Robert's depression to turn deeper. Addiction is never easy to talk about, and when Robert's depression allowed addiction to become part of his life, all his loved ones looked on as spectators with minimal ability to influence the outcome. We all tried in so many ways to reach out and help Robert but the two-headed monster of depression and addiction was consuming our son, brother, cousin, nephew, and friend. As much as Robert was a beacon of hope for others, he was never able to grasp onto a beacon for himself. Even in his darkest hours, Robert's dignity and self-respect prevailed. He hated what he had become and he refused to succumb on any other term but his own. We couldn't expect anything less from Robert. It must have taken tremendous courage and strength that only Robert could muster. Robert, the lamb that lost his way, asked for Jesus' hand on October 30, 2015, and Jesus said Yes, welcome my son, you shall suffer no more.

He leaves behind a loving mother, Tammy Willson (Marcello Mirabelli) and a very large loving family and friends.

A viewing will be held on Friday, Nov.6 at the DeMarco-Luisi Funeral Home (wwww.dlfuneral.com) from 9am-11am followed by a mass at Christ the Good Shephard Parish, St. Isidore's Church 1655 Magnolia Rd., Vineland at 11:30am (www.christtheshephard.com). In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting to make donations to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at www.afsp.org or Saint Vincent DePaul Society in care of Christ the Good Sheppard Parish, Saint Isidore's Church 1655 Magnolia Road, Vineland, NJ 08361.




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Published in The Daily Journal from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, 2015.
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October 29, 2019
Remembering you today and always Rob
Corinne
Friend
November 11, 2015
Sanda Gibson
November 9, 2015
so sorry for your loss
Barbara Reaves
November 9, 2015
Donna, Kristina, and Lewis Family, So very sorry for you loss.
Janet Maiese
November 8, 2015
The pain is unreal. Love you, Rob!!!!!
Krystina
November 8, 2015
Rest gently now, Robert, in the peace and love of the Lord
Vincent Cooper
November 6, 2015
I didn't know Robert...but after reading this Beautiful Memorial, I feel like I've know him for years. He is at peace now with God. God Bless Him!
...a new Friend
November 5, 2015
I will never forget you old friend, may your soul be at peace and may your family and friends be embraced with your memory. Rest peacefully Rob.
Corinne
November 5, 2015
Just as the Holy Spirit guided you to write such a touching tribute for your son He will be with you to comfort you when you most need it. Our God is merciful and loves his children unconditionally. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
A Sister in Christ
November 5, 2015
Even though we did not know Robert as a young man, our family will always remember him as that beautiful baby boy that he was. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this time of sorrow.
Fleetwood Family
November 5, 2015
Never forgotten and dearly missed...
Melanie Parent
November 5, 2015
I went to school with Rob he was always full of smiles and always had a joke he will be deeply missed. I hope he finds peace in his heart his mind and his soul. He will forever live on in our hearts and now we all have him as our angel. Rest easy Rob u will never be forgotten...
Melanie Parent
November 4, 2015
Rob, While the time I knew you was short and recent, this tribute makes me wish I knew you a lot longer. Until our paths cross again. Rest in peace and in the arms of a welcoming God.
Robert Scarpa
November 4, 2015
I cant say I understand how this all happened, but believe you are now at peace... we spent many years working together, I laughed so hard I had tears and at times, I was so mad I had tears..... sleep well my friend.... and thank you for my memories
Rachel Kikas
November 4, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Robert but he sounded like a truly wonderful person. As a parent, I have watched one of my children struggle with addiction. No one knows what it is like unless you have been through it. I am thankful that more people are acknowledging addiction and the awful toll it takes on normal, intelligent, good people. It has always been viewed as a shameful secret. We all must realize how widespread and prevalent it has become so that hopefully, someday, we can learn how to defeat it. Addiction is a disease that so few understand. Robert is at peace now. God knows the pain and struggle of all his children. He fought the good fight. Always know that he loved you. And he will be waiting for you-whole and happy and well-when God calls you home.
a mother
November 4, 2015
What a beautiful tribute to Robert... This really saddens me because he was a great guy with unlimited potential. May God wrap his arms around his family during this difficult time.
Denise Torres
November 4, 2015
Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories of Rob, along with an honest account of his battle. Perhaps another will find the courage to seek help after reading how profoundly he was loved, how fondly he was thought of, and how deeply he will be missed.
Jean M.
November 4, 2015
What a wonderful and perfect remembrance. May the peace of our Lord be with Robert.
Grace
November 4, 2015
Although I did not know this beautiful man Robert, I am praying for your family. This was the most touching tribute I have ever read. May God's peace lift you in this very difficult time and may Jesus, heal all your wounds.
With love...Dani
Dani Rodriguez
November 4, 2015
What a beautiful tribute to one who has found peace elsewhere. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.
November 4, 2015
Sorry for your loss and I am praying for you and your family.

Marion Kennedy, Jr.
November 4, 2015
Tammy my dear sweet friend, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time, you are not alone, the love you have around you will carry you through. Sending my love and hugs to you.
Sharon DeMatte
November 4, 2015
I never knew Robert, but in reading his story here his life and death and deeply touched me. I am so thankful for your beautiful and honest sharing of it. I am so sorry for your loss.
Daniel Peyton
November 4, 2015
This is one of the warmest remembrances I've ever read. May the peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ abide with Robert and his loved ones.
November 4, 2015
I was very saddened and shocked to learn of Rob' passing.
In my eyes, i could see a young man that had the ability to become anything that he desired.
He was always a gentleman and treated everyone with respect.
We send our deepest sympathy to Tammy who was a very proud and wonderful parent.
God Bless you.
Anthony & Claudia Giglio
anthony & Claudia Giglio
November 4, 2015
I'm very saddened by this news. Rob was just an all around great person. Thoughts and prayers for all Robs family and everyone close to him. RIP Rob..... xoxo
Brooke Holliday-Nayda
November 4, 2015
I am so sad for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends.
Steve Entis
November 3, 2015
My prayers are with all of you my friends
Preston Jr
November 3, 2015
Thanks for all the good times since childhood. Hope your at peace. RIP
Brian Delvecchio
November 3, 2015
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved son.You were a very strong woman to raise him alone and I cannot imagine the pain you are in right now,but I believe in God and he is with the Angels now,no more pain.
Deborah Lessard
November 3, 2015
God be with you and your family. May he wrap his arms around your family to get them through this tough time. Rest easy.
Chantelle Cloughley
November 3, 2015
You will always be remembered rest now my friend
David Powell
November 3, 2015
Rob you are at peace now my friend I know you had a lot of demons fighting you rest now my friend until we meet again your friend Dave Powell
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