Robert Donnelly

Obituary of Robert H. Donnelly

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Robert H. Donnelly, age 84, of Somers Point, NJ passed away December 20, 2021 due to complications following his quintuple bypass surgery earlier in the month. Born in South Philadelphia to Duke and Bess Donnelly, he graduated from Southeast Catholic High School in 1955. After high school, he went to work as a Software Engineer at First Pennsylvania Bank and continued in that field for the next 45 years. This is where he met the love of his life, Judy, with whom he eloped in May 1961. He joined the army reserve soon after and was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and was honorably discharged in 1967. Bob and Judy bought their first home in the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia where they raised 3 children and became active members of Holmesburg United Methodist Church. Alongside his wife Judy, he was a youth leader, trustee and church bus driver. After retiring, they relocated to Somers Point, NJ, where they continued their service at Lifegate Church. Bob was an avid hockey fan and held Philadelphia Flyers season tickets for many years starting in 1967. He also loved all things Volkswagen, especially his 1959 black Beetle. As his family grew he transitioned to a 1967 Microbus. With only a map and his VW, he navigated the east coast taking his family on many camping trips from Nova Scotia to South Carolina. Summer weekends were spent at the family home in Stone Harbor, NJ where Bob enjoyed roller blading, bike riding and playing paddle ball on the beach with family and friends. Bob got a bit more daring when he was with his great grandchildren showing them he could still roller skate, jet ski, bike for over 10 miles a day, ride a dirt bike, tube behind a boat, sled down hills - - all of this in his 80's! Bob lived life to the fullest. Bob is predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Judy, his brothers Francis (Eloise), Jack (Marie) and sister-in-law Mary. He is survived by his brother Richard; his 3 children, Linda, Rob, Karen (Peter); 7 grandchildren, James, Patrick, Jaclyn, Brian (Laura), Alexandra, Bree, Kayla; 5 great grandchildren, Patrick, Jayla, Jaxon, Calvin, Everly, plus Evan coming in February, and his many nieces and nephews. Please join us in remembering both Bob and Judy's life and love on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Visitation with family and friends will begin at 10AM immediately followed by a service at 11AM at Lifegate Church, 296 Bethel Rd, Somers Point, NJ 08244. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lifegate Church or Holmesburg United Methodist Church, 8118 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136.
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Saturday
22
January

Visitation at Main Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Lifegate Church
296 Bethel Road
Somers Point, New Jersey, United States
Saturday
22
January

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Lifegate Church
296 Bethel Road
Somers Point, New Jersey, United States
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