Robert M. Kozlowski
Retired hero firefighter was on front lines during 9/11 Retired hero firefighter, Robert M. Kozlowski, 74, of New Brighton, the former 1995 Advance "firefighter of the year" died September 10, 2021 after an arduous fight battling 9/11 related cancer. He was born in Jersey City, NJ and moved to New Brighton at an early age, and resided in that community the rest of his life. "He always said that growing up in New Brighton back in the 50's and 60's you received the best in education, maturity, and most of all friendships", said his family. He graduated from Curtis High School and was a member of the 1964 PSAL and SIHSL co-championship basketball team. Between Curtis and St. Peter's highschools, there were at least a dozen players from New Brighton tutored by the likes of Mike Tighe, Jim Skully, Jack McGinley, Oscar Michaud and others whom he always admired. Upon graduation like hundreds of others of his class he was soon drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He attained the rank of Seargent and was an instructor in "quick kill" and jungle fighting with the 25th Infantry Division. Upon honorable discharge he soon married Michelle Gibbs of New Brighton. He soon after embarked on a career with the Fire Department of New York, where he spent almost 28 years before retiring in early 2001. The first 22 years were with Ladder Company 148 in Brooklyn. In 1995 he transferred to Ladder Company 78 in where else but New Brighton. In that year he received the last of his five citations for bravery. It was for this rescue of three persons trapped in a Cebra Avenue apartment he was named Firefighter of the year. An honor he was proud of. He was most proud of his wife who raised three children, while juggling jobs, family and homemaking. Among his other achievements, he was treasurer of the Brighton Kiwanis club for 15 years, a member of the FDNY Holy Name Society, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, FDNY Retirees Association and Staten Island Retirees Association. In his spare time he enjoyed golf and especially darts with teammates of the "No-cigar" Club of Jody's Club Forest. He sadly leaves behind his wife of almost 50 years, Michelle, his sons Kevin and Ryan, a daughter Lindsey and daughter-in-law Suzanne, and son-in-law Osvaldo Martinez. He was dearest "Pops" to Gwendolyn, Ava, Henry and Eloise. He is also survived by his sister Christina, her husband Richard, and brother Ronald, and his wife Cathy, among many dearly loved nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations to be made to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Fire Family Transport.
Visitation Monday, September 13, at Harmon Home, Staten Island, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Peter's Church, Tuesday, September 14, at 10:00 a.m.
Published by Staten Island Advance from Sep. 11 to Sep. 12, 2021.
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Dear Michelle and family. I am so sorry to hear of Bobby´s passing. What a wonderful man he was. May he Rest In Peace. And for you my dear friend and your children I wish comfort in his love.
Patty Curry
Friend
September 20, 2021
Our Deepest Sympathy on the loss of your Beloved Family Member. We will always keep him and your Family in our prayers.
M & S Candy
Other
September 19, 2021
We offer up our prayers and thoughts to the family. All our love, Bob and Maryann.
Bob and Maryann Eymer
Friend
September 18, 2021
A true giant and all American hero. He did so much, but never said a word about all his good works. He suffered for so long, but never complained. A gentleman till the end and he never gave up. There won't be another like him. RIP Bobby!
Paul Gilkeson
September 15, 2021
To Ryan and your whole family, so sorry for your loss. Your dad was an amazing guy - he did so much but was always so humble. My deepest condolences.
Greg Spatz
September 14, 2021
Rest In Peace brother. Thank you for all your service to this great Country and City of New York. You dun good.
Dan C
Work
September 14, 2021
Rest Easy hero.
Jennifer
Other
September 14, 2021
Thank you and may you rest in eternal peace.
WTC Survivor
September 14, 2021
Knew him well at the pile,he then showed up at my sons 911 service,a true gentleman. he will be missed.
Arnold Roma
September 13, 2021
To Chrissy and all of Bobby´s family-Please accept our deepest condolences. Having grown up just a few doors away from the Kozlowski´s on Eadie Place, we remember him well. Fondest memories of a great neighborhood and wonderful place to grow up. Our own little slice of heaven. May he Rest In Peace. Sending our heartfelt sympathy. The Flemings (Bob, Don, Dotsy & Helen)
Dotsy (Fleming) Hurley
Friend
September 13, 2021
rest in peace bobby prayers for your family you always made us feel welcome when we got detailed to Ladder 148
tom mcgoff...FDNY
September 13, 2021
A life well lived, so proud to have known you . May you Rest In Peace, a true warrior, a gentleman. You and yours will remain in my prayers. May we meet again. Dear Michelle and family so sorry for your great loss,in my thoughts and prayers, peace.
Linda De Mizio Izzo
Friend
September 13, 2021
Rest in Peace, good and faithful soldier. Your Duty is done; I will stand your watch. Your Brother Vietnam Vet and Brighton Kiwanian. Welcome Home. Mike Brennan.
Mike Brennan
September 13, 2021
Bob was an inspiration and teacher as a new truckie in Ladder 148. God bless Bobby K. and his whole family!
Tom Evans
Work
September 13, 2021
Michelle and family... Mags and I are extending our most sincerest condolences. Bobby was genuinely a really really nice guy ... I know he will be missed... Rest In Peace Bobby
Ginny Lawless McAlarney & Maggy Domiano
September 13, 2021
Dear Michele and family, I am so sad to hear about Bobby. Please find comfort knowing what a wonderful person he was. Respected by all. Always a pleasure to see. God bless all of you, Susan
SusanCorriganFarley
Friend
September 12, 2021
All around a great guy. Rest in Paradise Bobby The Lord is a lucky fella
Lou & Lucille Fiore
Family
September 12, 2021
Bob, may you Rest In Peace. My sincere condolences to your family, you made the world a better place. I´m sorry I never had a chance to work with you, that would have been a pleasure.
Tim Kelly
September 12, 2021
Uncle Bob, you showed both your family, and ours the best of times. All of the family trips, building the deck and outdoor shower down the shore, (showing me how to do the roofing shingles!) Ridiculously "calling for Tsunamis" and watching the wild horses down the Outer Banks (also the unforgettable, toilet paper shortage speach). You put a million miles on that damn van! So many memories we will never forget, a definite role model and make me want to be a better father, brother, and son. You did good Ace, and will always be missed. Thank you.
Richard Caccese Jr
Family
September 12, 2021
rest in peace my sweet cousin, i will miss our occasional talks when i would call michelle you are loved and will be deeply missed by many,fly high bobby fly high, free of all the pain untill we meat again
maureen skelly kessler
September 12, 2021
My Condolences to his Family. Thank you for your service to our Country, City and Community. So sad to see he passed almost 20 years to the day of the horrific attacks. Rest In Peace. Semper Fidelis
Staten Island Oldschool
September 12, 2021
Bob was a gentle man of honor who was dedicated to his Michelle, family, friends, and all who had known him during his life. Bob was a gift of life to all of us. Never to turn anyone away or to be unkind with words, a true soldier of the Lord. We will never forget our dear cousin Bob.
Allen & Toni Paresi
Family
September 11, 2021
It was a honor to have a brother like Bob. All the days at "40" playing hoops and stickball with our New Brighton freinds. Tommy[RIP] Jimmy, Ronnie and Bruce. Jay and Mickie Tighe were around and of course Lightning Larry. We all love you Bob, rest in peace.
RON KOZLOWSKI
September 11, 2021
I´m at lost for words so sorry Micheal will guide him. May you all rest easy knowing of great memories of him . Love ya miss ya. Lizzie
Lizzie Hollywood Trentacosta
Friend
September 11, 2021
Bobby , it was a honor to know you , thank you for your SERVICE , will miss running into YOU and Michelle, up at Jodys . I know Tommy was glad to see you at the gates . Tell them all we said hi . Until we all meet again . Rest in the Sweetest PEACE
Peggy mcginley reilly
September 11, 2021
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