Robert Edward Tucker Jr.

November 27, 1951August 1, 2018

Bob was born to be at sea. He was a Merchant Marine who sailed for Military Sealift Command for 28 years on all types of ships, mostly on tankers (Unrep Oilers) and cargo stores ships, refueling and resupplying Navy ships at sea as a storekeeper. He served during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Bob loved going to sea and made friends around the world. He stayed in touch with a lot of them and his shipmates. If Bob was your friend, he was your friend for life.

Robert Edward Tucker, Jr. was born November 27, 1951. He was the son of the late Robert and Elizabeth Tucker.

Robert (Bobby) is mostly remembered for his 28 years at sea in the Military Sealift Command, providing Navy ships with the supplies they needed.

He leaves behind a sister Betty Crawford; nieces Colleen Sluka and Caroline Crawford; great nephew Peter Sluka, Jr. and children Tiffany and Megan Sluka; great niece Ellen Makkas and husband Sotirios "Sam"; cousin June and husband Joe Lewis; sister-in-law Celie Horan and her husband Gus and many friends.

Visitation will be held at McEwen Funeral Service, 5716 Monroe Road, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 2-3pm.



  • Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2018


  • Private Graveside Service

Robert Edward Tucker Jr.

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Janice Lewis

August 14, 2018

I loved spending time with Robert. RIP my sweet friend!


August 8, 2018

We met way back when you 1st start working for MSC in bayonne, I have happy memories of talking with you. My brother later sailed with you and always had nice things to say about you. It may be over 20 years since i seen you but I know you keep MSC laughing and did a wonderful; job. now you can rest and be with our heavenly father and some day myself and my brother will meet with you again. God Bless and thank you your service.

Bob LaGreca

Randy Lipscomb

August 7, 2018

Did a Video in Memory of Bobby

JIm Leggett

August 7, 2018

Will miss Bob's irreverent banter, swapping friendly insults, remembering shared adventures in far away place with strange sounding names, far away over the seas...

We met over a cheering dram at Boardwalk Billy's a few years back, realizing the world of a merchant seaman and travel writer shared much in common, in particular his adventures in Spain and Scotland and South America, places he'd had such fun he bragged going back one day.

Sorry we didn't meet earlier in life, thinking of the fun we might have had.

--- Home is the the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill. (RLS)

Rest in peace dear friend.

Jim, Eileen, Christine Leggett

Patrick and Nancy Mooney

August 7, 2018

To many to list.Going to be so missed by so many

John & Harriet Longo

August 5, 2018

To say you are missed is an understatement Bobby. The time Harriet & I spent with you ashore and aboard the KANAWHA those years are forever in our memories. Harriet was shaken to say the least when you "waved" to her on Messenger then we heard hours later from Shawn that you had passed! She loved talking with you on Face Book and the phone calls as well. You are at peace now old friend, see you later!

Thomas Semon

August 5, 2018

I was a young 20 something years old kid when I first met Bob. I thought he was unapproachable. That look of don’t bother me, but I had to try to start a conversation. I’ve never been totally wrong about Bob. He was a great conversationalist and cared about everyone. I got to know him very quickly. I looked forward to hanging out hanging out along the bulwark, watching a customer ship alongside and talking to Bob. He was a friend to all. My sincere condolences to the family. Rest in peace friend.

Joseph Semon

August 4, 2018

Bob, what a character, a seamen's seamen, great shipmate and in retirement my Facebook Friend who always took an interest in the happenings of the moment. Can't recount the number of times I needed a part or supply and would go looking for Bob in his storeroom or stateroom, a true friend to Engineers and all alike, he never failed to come through for me in times of need. Ashore, a true consummate liberty hound, he knew how to navigate the streets and establishments of many a sailor's town. My brother Mark had kind memories of Bob as well, they were in Bermuda together many years ago.
- Rest in Peace Friend and Shipmate -

Robert Schneider

August 4, 2018

Bob was the only person I knew who has died twice. The first time was back in the 80’s in Bermuda. The word went out on the ship (Pawcutuck) “ Bob Tucker died , he got run over by a taxi cab while riding a moped. But he pulled thru that one. A few years later he made CNN international. He got popped at the airport for having steak knives he brought for his sister in his carry on. Authorities thought they had a major terrorist. Bob didn’t have mean bone in his body was one of the kindest person I ever had the pleasure of calling my friend. Sail on brother!

Pat Arrigal

August 3, 2018

it was great sailing with you. may you rest in peace shipmate. May God comfort and watch over your family... fair winds ...