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Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC

OBITUARY

Robert Ernest Grefe

August 1, 1936November 28, 2019
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Robert Ernest Grefe 83, of New Bern formerly of North Babylon, NY sadly passed away November 28, 2019.

He was a New York City Policeman and a veteran of the US Navy and the US Marine Corps.

Surviving is his wife, Felice Grefe; son, Robert Charles Grefe (Darlene); daughters, Karen L. Sewell, Kathleen Sohn, Kelly Maggio (Roberto), Jennifer Cahoon; sister, Carol Bacchi; grandchildren, Nicholas, Zachary, Robert, Nicole, Kaleb, Christopher and Jordan; great grandchildren, Taylor, Owen, and Evelyn.

A memorial service will be held 2:00pm, Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Cotten Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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Lucinda Autry

December 11, 2019

Bob was my next door neighbor of 16 years. He was a loving father and husband and a very kind and considerate neighbor. I will miss seeing him going out to the mailbox in the mornings, with his genuine smile and countenance. My condolences go out to his family. May he Rest In Peace and may God give his loved ones strength and comfort during this time.

Lawrence & Teresa Staab

December 4, 2019

Uncle Bob & Aunt Felice we’re always very special to us They supported us through really difficult times. Had it not been for Uncle Bob, our lives would have taken a drastically different turn. He stepped into lives, one fateful day, what we refer to as a “Divine Intervention” We owe him a debt of gratitude, & his memory will always. be alive in our hearts, through all the days of our lives

Robert charles Grefe

December 4, 2019

it always seems that in times of trouble and in times of need, I find my self returning to God and his words to help me through, to give we words of advice and comfort in the midst of a storm. lately as I find myself getting older, I find myself seeking him in the good times and the bad. And this is one of those times. My father my Dad, A man of a million stories in the naked city. Just a Cop, A provider, A hard worker, Once my enemy, now one of my closest friends. A man with longevity, wisdom and which I revered. I would go on with sharing some of his stories but if you knew my father, you probably heard them already. so I'll just continue with this, he was old fashioned, respectful and crude all in one. A huge sense of humor and always ready to get a rise out of you. he could tease !!!!! But during all of these things he was a God believing, God fearing and believing In Jesus saving Man, He did tell me this one story of him telling my dear departed grand father about Jesus and how he forgives us of our sins by just by declaring it with your mouth and accepting him as your lord and savior. And my grandfather replied, "how can it be so Simple, how can it be so easy", and my father said to my grandfather. because all you have to do is Believe. Thanks Dad " I DO BELIEVE " in Ecclesiastes 3 it states for everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; ​this is my fathers time to dance and my time to mourn, a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, this is our time to embrace. My father is my hero, mentor, friend. My protector. He has a unique relationship with me. I know you are at rest, all you taught me shall live on,💜love always Bobby&Darlene

Sheila McInerney- Temple

December 4, 2019

I will miss seeing you everytime I come to a family function that I always look forward too because I know you will be there to hug me and tell me wonderful stories about the police department in New York. I am so glad to have become Karen's friend and get adopted by you like family. It does a heart good to know of such loving people. I will miss you Pops! Sending you hugs and kisses! If you meet any of my clan please save us a seat all a seat at the party.

Roberto Maggio

December 4, 2019

Rest in peace Pop you were a good friend we had many conversations that I’ll never forget and you told me a lot of stories I’ll miss our dinners in our talks until we meet again Roberto

Daughter Karen Sewell

December 3, 2019

Cogito, ergo sum. Thank you Dad for opening my eyes to the world. I love you and miss you more than I could ever imagine. Thank you for the signs you have given us to show us that you are at peace with the Lord our God in heaven. Until we meet again my dad.

Carole Bacchi

December 3, 2019

Bobby was always a joker. He had lots of friends & was so smart-spoke lots of languages and loved being a cop. I have many fond memories, sharing my life, with my twin. We didn’t see one another for many years but we kept in touch. Now he’s at peace joining his family in heaven!

Kelly Maggio

December 3, 2019

My Dad was one of the strongest men I ever met in my life ,he had so much wisdom he was a man of great valor an honest God fearing man a true Mans Man the world lost a true hero a policeman and father above all and a loyal husband ..he loved his grandbabies all of them so special to his heart , I'll hold on to the memories until we meet again daddy.

Kathleen McHugh

December 1, 2019

Bobby and I worked together at the West Babylon Post Office; I was his floater back in early 90's. Even though I haven't seen him in many years I still remember he was a good guy.

Sorry to hear of his passing.

Mike Feeney

November 30, 2019

Dear Felice and family, I was saddened to read of Bobby’s passing. He was a great partner in the NYPD and friend for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Sincerely,
Mike Feeney

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