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Robert William LinderNovember 10, 1935 ~ August 23, 2017 (age 81)
It is with our deepest sorrows that we inform you of the death of Robert (Bob) Linder.
Robert (Bob) Linder, 81, died Wednesday, August 23, 2017 peacefully in his home in Elizabeth, NJ following his battle with cancer. He joins his beloved son, Jimmy Linder, whom passed away earlier in January.
Bob was born on November 10th, 1935 in Mt. Pleasant, NY, the son of Joseph and Ruth (Luke) Linder, and one of eight children. Bob is predeceased by parents and his brother, Russell and survived by his brother, Joseph (Buster) and his five sisters: Lois, Carol, Nancy, Beryl Gay, and Merrie Jane.
At age 17, Bob volunteered to join the United States Air Force where he served for 8 years during the Korean War. As an Aircraft Electrician for B36 and B52 he was assigned to Ramey Air Force Base in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico where he met his wife Edmy Crespo. Language obstacles didn’t deter him and even though he didn’t speak Spanish, they were married in 1957 in Quebradillas, P.R. and raised four children.
After serving with the Air Force Bob had the opportunity to work as the Division Manager for S.M. Brown Electrical Inc. in several major construction projects around the island of Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean. When the company relocated back to the mainland he also relocated his family to New Jersey where he worked as an Electrical Estimator for over 40 years. He was a proud member of the American Local 3 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Queens, New York.
Bob was an intelligent and hardworking man. He always had a job no matter where he was. Some thought of him as being quiet and serious but that was because he was always giving 100% to his work. He took pride in his work and some might even say that he was a workaholic. There was not one day he didn’t get up early to go to work no matter how he felt. Bob also had a passion for history and books. For hours, he would engross himself in a book and devour its contents. You could be sure to either find him in his office with a blueprint or several blueprints and a cold Schaefer (beer) or in his room with a book and a bag of candies. When the disease did not permit him to work on his blueprints he developed an affinity for Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.
Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Edmy; his sons, Robert Jr., Joseph, his daughter, Frances Vasquez; 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
He may be gone but his memory will live in our hearts forever.
The family will gather for the burial of his urn and Military Honors on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 12:30 pm at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, 350 Provinceline are, Wrightstown, NJ.