OBITUARY

Rev. Msgr. Robert T. McDermott "Fr. Bob"

July 19, 1942February 17, 2019

Rev. Msgr. Robert T. McDermott “Fr. Bob” of Camden passed peacefully on Sunday February 17, 2019 at the age of 76.

Cherished son of pre-deceased Robert Thomas McDermott Sr. & Catherine Gross McDermott. Dear brother of Gerard Campbell, Charles and Mary Reed, Mary Eileen and Mark Del Grande, Joseph and Margaret McDermott, Denise and Sean Culkin and predeceased Katherine Anne Campbell. Loving uncle of Kathleen (Bill) Dougherty, Kevin (MaryJane) Campbell, Christopher (Maria) Campbell, Matthew (Tricia) Campbell, Mark (Gina) Campbell, Steven (Kathrine) Reed, Charlene Barlow Reed, Thomas (Sarah) Reed, Kimberly (Steve) Rodosky, Brian (Robyn) Reed, Nicholas (Kristianna) Del Grande, Meghan (Jim) Rosser, Laura (Patrick) Walsh, Julia McDermott, Michael Culkin, Sean Culkin, Rory Culkin and predeceased Robert McDermott.

Fr. Bob was a good and faithful servant who lived his life according to the gospel. Fr. Bob graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1960, and was ordained a priest in 1969. He taught and coached basketball at both Paul VI High School and Camden Catholic. In 1985, he became pastor of St. Joseph's Pro-Cathedral parish in Camden, where he remained until his retirement in 2014. At St. Joseph's, he created the Joseph Fund, an umbrella organization that supports several programs that provide a range of community services, including the St. Joseph's Carpenter Society, LUCY Outreach, Joseph's House of Camden, The Child Development Center, The Romero Center and St. Joseph's Pro-Cathedral School.

Family and friends are invited to the viewing on Friday February 22, 2019 from 3:00 – 9:00 pm at St. Joseph Pro Cathedral 2907 Federal St., Camden, NJ 08105. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday February 23, 2019 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow in New St. Mary Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ. Arrangements have been entrusted to BLAKE-DOYLE Funeral Home, Collingswood, NJ. Please leave your remembrances of Fr. Bob on BLAKE-DOYLE.com

If lieu of flowers please make donations in Fr. Bob’s name to The Joseph Fund www.JosephFundCamden.org.

  • FAMILY

  • Robert T. McDermott Sr., Father
  • Catherine Gross McDermott, Mother
  • Katherine Anne Campbell, Sister
  • Gerard Campbell, Brother-in-law
  • Charles Reed, Brother
  • Maryann Reed, Sister-in-law
  • Mary Eileen Del Grande, Sister
  • Mark Del Grande, Brother-in-law
  • Joseph McDermott, Brother
  • Margaret McDermott, Sister-in-law
  • Denise Culken, Sister
  • Sean Culkin, Brother-in-law
  • Loving uncle of Kathleen (Bill) Dougherty, Kevin (MaryJane) Campbell, Christopher (Maria) Campbell, Matthew (Tricia) Campbell, Mark (Gina) Campbell, Steven (Kathrine) Reed, Charlene Barlow Reed, Thomas (Sarah) Reed, Kimberly (Steve) Rodosky, Brian (Robyn) Reed, Nicholas (Kristianna) Del Grande, Meghan (Jim) Rosser, Laura (Patrick) Walsh, Julia McDermott, Michael Culkin, Sean Culkin, Rory Culkin and predeceased Robert McDermott.

Services

  • Viewing Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, February 23, 2019
REMEMBERING

Rev. Msgr. Robert T. McDermott "Fr. Bob"

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Kevin Keeley

February 25, 2019

I want to express my deep sorrow at Fr. Bob’s passing and add to the countless words of tribute that have been shared over the past eight days. Fr. Bob was the greatest clergy member I have ever known, and perhaps the greatest person I have ever known, period. He was thoughtful, wise, warm, loving, and funny. He gave endlessly and expected nothing in return. His empathy seemed to know no bounds. At the same time, he never wavered in speaking the truth, even if it made those living lives of comfort uncomfortable.

Fr. Bob had an exceptional gift for connecting with people on a deep and personal level, and making each person feel like they were the only thing that mattered in that very moment. When you spoke with Fr. Bob, you knew that he was fully in the moment, listening intently and committed to helping you work through whatever concern or problem might be weighing on you. Or simply sharing in whatever joy you might be experiencing at the time. He just “got” people.

I am heartbroken at the loss of Fr. Bob – for our family, for St. Joe’s, for Camden, and for the world. But I will continue to be touched by his righteous indignation at society’s social and financial inequities and inspired by his gentle tenacity in working to help the most vulnerable among us. Rest in peace, Fr. Bob. May God grant you your just reward for a life well lived.

(Photo: Fr. Bob baptizing my son, Noah, in 2008)

John Stagliano

February 24, 2019

Thank you Father Bob for taking a chance in 1988 and hiring me to teach at St. Joe's. I was an uncertified teacher but you took a chance on me and that has led me to a wonderful career that has lasted 30 years, with more to go. You r passion for making the city of Camden a better and safer place was second to none, and you love for children was obvious. I would not have had the wonderful gift of teaching if it were not for you. Rest in Peace.

Vicmary Kritharis

February 23, 2019

My deepest condolences to Msgr. Bob’s family. I feel lucky to be able to consider Fr. Bob as part of my family as well. His passing marks the end of an era at the St. Joseph’s parrish, though he has been retired for some time, we as a community still felt his presence and will continue to do so, even though he may not be here physically, his legacy will always live on...in our memories and through all the programs that he established.

Fr. Bob was more than a priest. He was family. Every major life event, I can remember him there. First communion in 2nd grade, quinceañera, being an altar server, even my dental school graduation. I remember in 8th grade, he told me he believed in me and wanted me to go to Camden Catholic, and I was able to do so after being awarded a scholarship at the annual St. Joseph’s dinner dance. He even came to my dental school graduation in Newark, NJ. It’s amazing the hundreds of people that feel the exact same way. How many lives he has touched. He was so special to so many. I agree with another mourner that compared him to pope John Paul, II and should be considered for sainthood. Truly saddened by his departure but heaven has gained another angel. To my forever priest, I love you. Rest in Peace.

First photo, Eighth grade graduation 1998

Second photo, Dental school graduation 2011

Sharon and Kevin Karbach

February 22, 2019

A great person. Loved his smile. Married Kevin and I in September, 1984.

Veatriz Babilonia

February 21, 2019

Photo of Father Bob and Godson Daniel celebrating his First Communion.

Veatriz Babilonia

February 21, 2019

Photo of Father Bob and his Godson Daniel Mendez. Celebrating Daniel's Baptism.

Veatriz Babilonia

February 21, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the McDermott family. Father Bob will truely be missed. We will always cherish all the wonderful memories. Rest in peace. Love the Babilonia / Mendez family.

Katy McDermott

February 21, 2019

My first memory of Father Bob (who I eventually learned to call "cousin Bobby" without genuflecting) is when my fiance, Jack McDermott, and I asked him to officiate at our wedding. There were a few red tape issues to get sorted out on my side, but he was incredibly helpful and supportive throughout the whole process. The best part, though, was when he married us in 2003. People still talk about how approachable and joyful he seemed, and we always had the same answer: "He doesn't SEEM that way - he IS that way!"

You brought peace and comfort to so many in your lifetime, Fr. Bob.

Rest now.

Barbara/Joe Strasser

February 21, 2019

To all the McDermott Clan and to fellow classmates, Mary Ann and Charlie Reed,

Barbara recalls a very sweet and wonderful boy with whom she went to school at St. Joseph's and CCHS. Later in life they interacted concerning the welfare of St. Joseph's School and Church, which they both loved. Barbara and Joe were married at St. Joseph's in 1964 and continue to take supportive interest in the education of children in the parish. Joe played basketball with Bob when at CCHS. Joe was class of '58, so he and Bob had much contact through athletics as young men.

We feel that Bob was the St. Teresa of East Camden, who lived his life with love for everyone and always bore witness to the Lord's welcoming table for all. Our tears are for our loss, as we know he is reunited with family in the paradise promised to all the faithful.

We will miss the services for "Bobby" as Barbara always called him, due to our health concerns and a move we are soon making from DE soon to NJ to be closer to family. Our prayers each night were always for Bob and other dear ones who were ill. Now we can pray to him to intercede for us to the Lord for any issues we may have.

Those who knew Fr. Bob needed no list of his accomplishments, which would have embarrassed him. He simply wanted to live out his vocation serving others. He taught us how to live and how to die, much like Pope John Paul. May the family be lifted by the outpouring of love that will be given to them in Fr. Bob's name. Peace to all.

With sympathy and love,
Barbara Wagner Strasser(SJS'56 and CCHS'60 and Joe Strasser, CCHS'58

Gladys Garibay Novoa

February 20, 2019

On behalf of our family to the McDermott family our deepest condolences. Father Bob will be missed he was the ultimate champion for many especially St. Joseph Family we miss his presence daily and we will keep his legacy always “God is good all the time, all the time God is good” .

FROM THE FAMILY