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Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home

11801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" Gerard Sakowski

July 12, 1963November 8, 2019
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Robert Gerard Sakowski passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 8, 2019.

Bobby was born on July 12, 1963 in Somerville, NJ, and was raised in Matawan, NJ by two loving parents, Walter and Alice Sakowski. Growing up, Bobby attended St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, St. John Vianney High School (1981), and he graduated from Seton Hall University in 1985.

Bobby was a dedicated, loyal and hard-working employee. While attending college, he began his long career with Sears, Roebuck and Company. His career with sears spanned over 35 years. Throughout his years at Sears, he also made many lifelong friends.

Family was most important to Bobby. It started with the love for his parents, as well as his siblings and their families. In 2001, Bob met his wife Dina and that started the relationship that would define the last years of his life. They married in 2003, and began a journey that was filled with love, laughter and children. His family and children were the most important things in his life.

Bobby also loved sports, and his love of sports began at a young age. He played basketball and baseball in youth leagues, as well as High School. He was an avid NY fan who always supported the Knicks, Giants and his beloved NY Yankees. But his love of sports didn’t stop there… it carried with him his entire life, and he passed on the love of sports to his children. From a very early age, both of his children shared his love of baseball, as well as other sports. It was a bond that would continue as his children grew. He coached many t-ball and little league teams, and he was always present at his children’s sporting events… from baseball to soccer to XC/track to basketball. He was a proud dad. And the friendships and bonds formed within the sports community were some of the strongest and greatest friendships he had.

Although he lived in a few different states throughout his life, Bobby always remembered his NJ roots…. Family, friends, pizza, Bruce Springsteen, and pork roll, egg and cheese sandwiches! And those he was close to always remained a part of his life.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Alice Sakowski. He is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Dina Sakowski (nee Mistrata), his children, Danny and Hayley Sakowski, his sister Alison (Charles) Wiedegreen, his brother Walter (Suzanne) Sakowski, and nine nieces and nephews (Paul, Kyle, Summer, David, Justine, Charles, Michael, Matthew and Julia).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the Memory of Bob Sakowski to the American Heart Association.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Rosary Service Friday, November 15, 2019

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Martin Fernandez

November 16, 2019

I had the pleasure to work with Bob at Innovel Solutions (Sears). I was very saddened to hear the news of his passing. Although, I worked with Bob briefly, he gained my respect quickly. I also found his sense of humor warm and inviting. I pray that God will watch over his soul and welcome him home. May God bless his family and easy there hearts through this difficult period.

Kathy Tortora

November 15, 2019

Dina , Danny and Hayley, and family
Please accept my deepest sympathy.. May your wonderful memories of love and laughter you had with Bob help you through these most difficult days. My prayers are with you...
Kathy Tortora
Elmhurst, Illinois

Christine Sabin

November 14, 2019

I had the honor and privileged of working with Bob over the years during my tenure at Sears Home office. Bob was a great mentor to myself and others learning the ropes under Dave Martin. His humor and love of sports will always be remembered. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Sincerely,
Chris Sabin

Gigi (Angelita) Liaguno Dorr

November 13, 2019

The innocence & fondest memories of my childhood was formed at St. Joe's. It's where a bond of friendships would be created and last a lifetime. We all would move through life, we would not always keep in contact, but, when we would catch up, it's as if we never lost a step. For me, the friendships we all created in our youth would be the most treasured, it was pure, it was loyal, and it was and will always be forever embedded within me.

By far your greatest accomplishment, the family that you and Dina created together. I loved listening to you talk about your family. Such a proud husband. A daddy bursting with pride when talking about Danny & Hayley, the sports, the sports and a little more sports. I'm not sure if you even realized how your facial expression would change. So much love, so proud.

Bobby, you will always be one of my favorite "St. Joe's kid"

I will miss you always.

Jack Ives

November 13, 2019

Growing up in Matawan NJ when we did, was a wonderful time. The whole group of kids from St. Joe’s, would hangout on my street , Colonial dr, at Greg’s house or swimming in Jane’s pool. That’s when I met Bob. He and I became best friends. He would come over to my house and shoot pool in my basement. He would always beat me and I would get so pissed off, sorry about that Bob! We would hang out in his white thunderbird just doing nothing but always had a good time, mostly talking about girls. My dad was the manager of the sears distribution center in Elizabeth and gave Bob a job. I remember him saying that he was going to have my Dad’s job and after he retired, Bob ended up with that job. We went to college and our lives went down different roads but we kept in touch and saw each other a couple of time here in Orlando. There’s not a time hearing a Springsteen song that I wouldn’t think of Bob. Thanks for being my friend Bob. You were a great friend and I see you were a great father and husband. Love you bro!

Chad Switzer

November 13, 2019

As we go through our lives, we interact with many people. For the most part, each of us has a short list of our go-to people that we genuinely enjoy being around and call true friends. Bob Sakowski will forever be on my own short list.
Being fellow NJ natives, we understood just how tasty a pork roll, egg & cheese sandwich really is, and we knew what was required/expected of a true NJ diner. Bob’s business acumen and management experience was as keen as his diner knowledge and I valued his perspective on many different topics that we’d often discuss. I could always count on him for advice or just to listen to me rant about an issue I may have had at work.
Bob loved his family and his favorite thing to do was to attend whatever event Danny and Hayley happened to have going that day, whether it be baseball, soccer, cross county, track, a local 5K race or academic awards at school. My family and I always looked forward to catching up with Bob at these events. His smile and the good, easy conversations we shared added to our overall enjoyment of the day.
Thank you Bob for forever being on my short list.

Chris Simmons

November 12, 2019

I got a chance to know Bob and his family over the last couple of years. Bob loved his family and enjoyed watching his kids play sports. We had many conversations about baseball when I would see him. Proud to call him my friend. Gonna miss him

Ronda Hughes Corfield

November 12, 2019

We will miss Bob’s friendly conversation and smile. As our son Justin said, “He was one of my favorite baseball dads. He was always so nice.” We agree. ♥️

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