Robert Sykes, Jr
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His legacy
His Journey's Just Begun  
Don't think of him as gone away--
his journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets--
the earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost--
and he was loved so much.

-E. Brenneman
Bob's family thank you for thoughts and prayers during this difficult time  


We will miss you Uncle Bob
Love, Vincent, Simone, Dominick, Dante & Rocco

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Dolores Rosso and family

In Loving Memory
Love, Lynn and Vince

With Deepest Sympathy
Chris and Norm

With Deepest Sympathy
Love, Chuck, Shelley, Lisa & Chuck

With Deepest Sympathy
Tom, Diane, Vickie, Jimmy, Jackie & Julie

With Sympathy and Love, 
Steve, Kim, Becca, And Emily Sykes

Memorial Donations to The Association for Frontotemporal Dementias

  • Maria Foy
  • Clare McDowell
  • Stephanie Polli & Family
  • Helen M. Schrader
  • Barbara Sykes
  • Sunrise at Floral Vale
  • Patricia Levenberg
  • Parishioners - St Philip-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Oreland
  • Data & Process Engineering - The Vanguard Group
  • Thomas Sykes
  • JoAnn Decker
  • Norm & Cindy Sundstrom
  • Janet Root
  • Barbara Kelsey
  • Marie J Sykes
  • Mike and Karen Fox

Mass Cards

  • Shelley Eckert
  • Joanne Fortino
  • Mr & Mrs Alfred Lisiewski
  • Ed & Anne Murtha
  • Tony Rosso
  • Barbara Sykes
  • Mr & Mrs Frank Vendetti


Thank you for coming to Bob's viewing and funeral

  • Lynn & Vince Sannelli
  • Bob & Mary Sykes
  • Mary Ann Pinto
  • Katherine McDowell
  • Tom, Diane, Vickie, Jimmy, Jackie and Julie Sykes
  • Linda Hotzman
  • Ginny Toller
  • Frank Sannelli
  • Jane Allen
  • Russ Allen
  • Suzanne Remolde
  • Maureen and Morgan Zukosky
  • John Grabowski
  • Margie Husted
  • Brittany Stafford
  • Debra Lavin-Martin
  • Patti Scarlata
  • Shelley & Chuck Eckert
  • Lisa Eckert
  • Kathy Grabowski
  • Barb Watson
  • Judy Buranowski
  • Jinny Warburton
  • Jackie Bottcher
  • Russ Strover
  • Judi & Howard Klevan
  • Anne Mauro
  • Barbara Kendig
  • Thomas Crosson
  • Kim and Steve Sykes
  • John Mueller
  • Ross Nunn
  • Cindy Hofman
  • Simone & Vincent Sannelli
  • Andy Hotzman
  • Tiffany McCoy
  • Peggy Frischmann
  • Barbara Senft
  • Andrew Senft
  • Rev. William Rex
  • Kimberly Smigiel
  • Nathalie Pritchard
  • Dottie Fenimore
  • Jen Maurizzio
  • Norma C. Horrocks
  • Alfred A Lisiewski
  • Barbara & Dan Holmes
  • Helen Schrader
  • Doris Miller
  • Ruth Bartels-Griffin
  • Debbie Reddy
  • Susan Selman
  • Martin McDermott
  • Klemm Family
  • Beth Stanton
  • Ed Stanton
  • Kathy & Kevin Stanford
  • Chrissy Helkowski
  • Barbara Sykes
  • Barb & Harry Sykes
  • Margeret
  • Ed & Anne Murtha
  • Betty Moran
  • Dixie Graver
  • Patti Gerlach
  • Michael & Denise Mariakis
  • Karen Swanner-Wood
  • Janice & Anthony Cepparulo
  • Sandy Ramsue
  • Mari & Chuck Gredzinski
  • Scott Reddy
  • Art & Eileen Interlante
  • Cindy Deamer Dreyer
  • John & MaryAnn Deamer
  • Nancy Hardcastle
  • Heather Stanton
  • Dan & Carol Borawski
  • Chris Korn
  • Ruth Scherr
  • Charlotte Vendetti
  • Francina Chereisky
  • MaryAnna Chereisky
  • Dorothy Graham
  • Carmin Quinn
  • Kay Shimp
  • Denice Barnes
  • Patti Levenberg
  • John Connors
  • Sean Connors
  • Evan Connors
  • Mark Diamanti
  • Stephanie Polli
  • Ari & Kate Mattson
  • Rita Manley
  • Shannon Ward
  • Jen Frattara
  • Helene Tidwell
  • Jamie Hotzman
  • Shirley Texter
  • Deb Mitchell
  • Mai Pham
  • Janet Koy
  • Chris Erb
  • Charles Eckert Jr
  • Tony Rosso
  • Mike & Marge Rosso
  • Dolores Rosso
  • Bill Parton
  • Diana Laboy
  • Pedro Ramirez Jr
  • Marion Mahalick
  • Cindy Sundstrom
  • Jim Botella
  • Luis Ramirez
  • Jim Ruley
  • Chris Fenimore
  • Norman Fenimore
  • Karen Fox
  • Joan Liptrot
  • Denise Wans
  • Frank Mascariello
  • Alfred Torres
  • Donald J Dix
  • Christine Nagata
  • John Staub
  • Elizabeth Franco
  • Joanne George
  • Ebby Turner
  • Molly Beck Dean
  • Laura Luder
  • Bernard McClain

Memory Card Poem  

God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you
and whispered "Come to Me".
With tearful eyes we watched you,
and saw you pss away.
Although we loved you dearly,
we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

Courier Times Feature Article  

Robert James Sykes Jr., had a huge heart

Bucks County Courier Times

Robert James Sykes Jr. lived by his promise to keep his family happy.

A generous husband and father with a huge heart, Mr. Sykes gave everything he had to his wife and daughter.

“He always said to me, all I want in life is for you to be happy,” said Marie Sykes, Mr. Sykes' wife of 18 years. “He lived by those words. He really taught me and my daughter to really be able to laugh at ourselves. We had so much fun together. We had a lot of laughter, the three of us.”

Always one to pitch in with housework or have a cup of tea ready for his wife in the morning, Marie Sykes said her husband would walk to the ends of the earth for his family.

“He was the most selfless person I've ever known,” she said. “Nothing was too much trouble for anybody. Everything he did he did from the heart; [there were] never any strings attached.”

Mr. Sykes, a Langhorne resident, died April 7 of a rare form of dementia. He was 50.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Mr. Sykes lived in Philadelphia and Levittown before moving to Langhorne in 1998. He worked for 12 years at AAA in Philadelphia as a programmer analyst and was pursuing a master's degree at La Salle University's Bucks campus before his illness.

Mr. Sykes was more of a homebody, his wife said, who loved to work in the garden, read, and watch “Star Trek.”

“I think the yard work and the gardening was always therapeutic for him,” Marie Sykes said. “He really liked keeping a neatly groomed yard and garden. That was a great love of his.”

Mr. Sykes also liked to travel with his family. His favorite place was Disney World.

“He could let go and be a kid there,” his wife said. “It was acceptable to be an adult acting like a child there. Goofy was his favorite character.”

Like Goofy, Mr. Sykes had a penchant for laughter and fun.

“He was very flexible, very easygoing,” Marie Sykes said. “He was just a gem. I'm incredibly proud of him. He struggled through a very difficult disease. And he gave my daughter and I a second chance at life.

Barbara J. Isenberg can be reached at 215-949-4190 or

April 10, 2006 4:13 AM

Courier Times Obituary  

Bucks County Courier Times

Robert James Sykes, Jr., age 50, of Langhorne died on Friday April 7, 2006, after a lengthy illness, at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Mr. Sykes was a resident of Levittown before moving to Langhorne in 1998. He was a 1979 graduate of Drexel University with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to his illness he was pursuing a MBA at LaSalle University, Bucks County Campus. Bob worked for AAA - Mid Atlantic in Philadelphia for 12 years as a Programmer Analyst. He was an avid reader, loved gardening, traveling, attending Phillies and Flyers games, and watching Star Trek.

Bob was the beloved husband of 18 years of Marie Sykes (nee Jensen); and father of his devoted daughter Michelle Stafford of Newtown. He will be sadly missed by his parents Robert and Mary Sykes of Lansdale; his sister Kathy McDowell and her husband Steve of Riverview, Fla.; three brothers Tom Sykes and his wife Diane of Glen Mills, Pa., John Sykes and his wife Rhonda of Downingtown, Pa., and Steve Sykes and his wife Kim of Collegeville, Pa. He is also survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Lynn and Vince Sannelli and Shelley and Chuck Eckert, of Levittown; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are appreciated to the Association for Frontotemporal Dementias, 100 N. 17th Street, Suite 600, Phila., Pa., 19103.

April 9, 2006 12:00 AM

Philadelphia Inquirer Obituary  
ROBERT JAMES JR., age 50, of Langhorne, after a lenghty illness on April 7, 2006. Beloved husband of Marie J. (nee Jensen); loving father of Michelle Stafford; beloved son of Robert and Mary Sykes; brother of Kathy McDowell (Steve); Tom (Diane), John (Rhonda), and Steve (Kim); brother-in-law of Lynn (Vince) Sannelli, and Shelley (Chuck) Eckert; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call Monday 7 to 9 P.M. and Tuesday 10 to 11 A.M. at the THE JAMES J. DOUGHERTY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2200 Trenton Rd., Levittown. Funeral Service Tuesday, 11 A.M. at the Funeral Home. Int. Forest Hill Cemetery. Contributions appreciated to the Association for Frontotemporal Dementias, 100 N. 17th St., Ste. 600, Phila. PA 19103.
Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on 4/9/2006.
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