OBITUARY

Robert C. Gwinnell

November 16, 1952December 13, 2012

Robert C. Gwinnell, 60, of Union, N.J., passed away on Dec. 13, 2012. His family will receive friends and relatives at the McCracken Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Ave., Union, N.J., on Sunday, Dec. 16, starting from 2 p.m. A service will be held and eulogies delivered from 5 to 6 p.m. A reception will follow. Cremation will be private. Bob was born in Queens, N.Y., and lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., for many years before moving to Union in 1985. He was well-known in his community and was an active member of the Fairway Civic Association. A security consultant by trade, Bob worked for Assa Abloy of New Haven, Conn. He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne; sons, Dan and Dave; sisters, Laura and Pat, and many other relatives, friends and colleagues, who will remember him with fondness and love. In lieu of flowers, donations to City Harvest would be greatly appreciated (see www.cityharvest.org for more details).

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 16, 2012
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 16, 2012
REMEMBERING

Robert C. Gwinnell

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Frank Taormina

December 29, 2012

Bob, If I could speak to you today, there would be so many things that I'd want to say. I'd thank you for all you've done for me and for the many other people that were blessed by knowing you. I'd thank you for giving me confidence when I had given up; I'd thank you for making me feel like I was the most brilliant guy in the room when I doubted myself. I'd thank you for teaching me never to give up when the odds were against me, I'd thank you for giving me the gift of optimism and to allow me to really believe that tomorrow could be better than today. You were one of those special people who like an angel somehow knew when to show up and help those who needed direction.
I wish you could have stayed with us longer but I know that wishing won't make it so.
All I can think of is that some day we will meet again.
Goodbyes are not forever; Goodbyes are not the end; They simply mean I'll miss you until we meet again.
Thank you for allowing me to share your life.

James Russo

December 27, 2012

Farewell Bob, you will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Much love...

Paul Hannah

December 18, 2012

Rest in peace Bob. Although I didnt know you very long, the kindness and support you showed me in the past 12 months was amazing. You will be missed by many

Roseanna Ponticello

December 18, 2012

With a heavy heart, I am sending my deepest of sympathy to Mrs. Gwinnell and his family. I worked with Bob for many years with hopes one day some of his passion would rub off. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him. My prayers are with you all.

Patti Passow

December 17, 2012

God allowed us to borrow one of the sweetest men he ever put on this earth. Bob loved others with unparalleled intensity and displayed that love daily to everyone blessed to be his friend. I loved him like a brother and am certain he is up there in heaven telling God how to run the universe. When I remember Bob, I will always smile and that is what he wanted. Patti

Richard Johnson

December 17, 2012

May God bless Bob and his family. It was my pleasure to know Bob, a true gentleman and a professional, he will be missed. His card will remain in my desk as a reminder of this fine man.

Ralph Velez

December 17, 2012

I recently became a member of a network of colleagues to which Bob belonged. There's something to be said for a man who built such a fine reputation, which will endure long after he is gone. My sincere condolences. He will be missed by many; those who knew him, and those who will learn about the legacy of his character.

Ruma SAom

December 17, 2012

With a very heavy heart, I am am sending my condolence to the Gwinnell Family. Bob was not only a colleague who inspired me and made me enjoy my work, but a dear friend and a very genuine person. He had a unique quality of bringing out the best in everybody. Bob will always live in our hearts! With fondest memories, from across the miles, in India....

Eric Kay

December 17, 2012

To the Gwinnell Family, I had the great pleasure of working with Bob for a little over two years. Although in our work we didn't get to spend much time together, whenever I saw him he would say "you are going to do great things young man". I will miss his inspiration and kind words. These things truly come from within only the greatest of people and Bob was one of those people.

My thoughts to you and your family and my memories of the smiles he brought will always continue.

David Antar

December 16, 2012

Bob was truly one of the most genuine and sincere men that we had the pleasure of knowing. He will be missed. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.