Bob lived up to his favorite motto “HE, WITH THE MOST TOYS, WINS”. He had a lifelong admiration for collections; from militaria to scrimshaw to unique artwork. He enjoyed being a Member of the Association of NJ Gun Rifle & Pistol Club and was a skilled artisan in his own right with model-ship making. As an adult, he enjoyed photography, antiquing and whale-watching from Cape Cod to Hawaii. A great sense of humor let him joke about his own “plethora of useless knowledge” acquired through life, movies and books.
Born and raised in Hasbrouck Heights, Bob was the third of six children of Charles & Evelyn Sakosits. He began his phone company career doing the “grunt work” of climbing phone poles in the freezing rain and wiring private homes. He then mastered installation of multi-million dollar systems used by corporate America with hiscomputer/software knowledge. In 1987-88, he was proud to be chosen by AT&T International for work in Matamoros, Mexico, and Beijing, China. His time there was a highlight of his business life; when his attention to detail exemplified a strong work ethic. Bob retired from AT&T/Avaya as Assistant Staff Manager at the Corporate Headquarters in Basking Ridge, NJ, after 30+ years as GBS Systems technician at AT&T, Avaya, Lucent, and NJ Bell. He had continued briefly as a Consultant for Avaya.
While on a job in 1985, he met his future wife, Ali. They moved to Glen Rock and married. Their son, Tristan, was born but tragically passed away in 1998. Thankfully, life rebounded in 2000 when a beautiful little daughter, Carly, was born. At late-comer to fatherhood, Bob was a shy, sensitive man who struggled sharing his emotions, yet his love for his family was never in doubt.
After years fighting diabetes, he leaves behind those who appreciated and understood him: His wife, Ali, and daughter, Carly; along with his sister Lynne (Mark) Smith, sister-in-law Mary (Boyd) Seidenberg, brother-in-laws Tom (Laura) White and Kevin (Mandi) White, niece Megan (Mark) Giannella, good neighbors Jim (Kathy) Warren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and family. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Charlie and Kenneth; and true pal, Russell Morgan. May he rest in peace with angels.
The Sakosits family is very grateful to Dr. Purushothan Surapaneni, Dr. Jack Tohme, Dr. Donald Kutner, Dr. Larisa Kayserman, Dr. Emanuel Haber and Dr. & Mrs. Greg Corso for their kindness, friendship and care over the years. The family also expresses appreciation to all Glen Rock EMS/Ambulance/Police/Fire for years of dedication and helping the family in times of great need. Donations in Bob's name to these local associations or the Valley Hospital NICU would be valued.
A memorial gathering will be held at Feeney Funeral Home 232 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, NJ. on Friday from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, 234 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ. The family invites any friends/family to luncheon afterwards at Biagio’s Ristorante, 299 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ (201) 652-0201. FeeneyFuneralHome.com
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