Robert Sykes, Jr
(1956-2006)
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My Music  / Julie Sykes (Neice)  Read >>
My Music  / Julie Sykes (Neice)
How do I let my light shine to the world? I thought long and hard to answer this question before this story came to mind. On April 7 2006 I experienced my first loss in the family. It all started 3 years early when my uncle was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Around the end of Maart 2006 my uncle Bob got really sick that he had to be hospitalized. He had to have a machine to help him breathe. My Dad went to visit his brother my uncle in the hospital on April 7 that day they were going to see if he could breathe on his own. My dad came home that evening with some news. My mom and I were in the living room as my brother was in the basement playing his video games. My sister Jackie was up stairs doing homework and my other sister Vickie was at work. My dad walked in the room my mom asked if uncle Bob was okay. As my dad shuck his head no. I knew my uncle was gone forever I ran upstairs as fast as I could and cried myself to sleep. That morning I woke up and went down stairs where my mom was in the living room and I sat down next to her and cried even more. The hardest thing to accept is a loss in the family. That year I started playing the flute. I gained my ability to play the flute as I lost someone very close to my heart. I wanted to quit playing the flute but I thought I should keep playing because doing it made me feel like nothing bad could ever happen. Playing the flute helped me get threw the pain of my uncle’s death. Every time I play the flute I think of my uncle and how much I love him. My uncle Bob is the spirit I play my flute for and I let my light shine to him when I play the flute. I let all my emotions get the best of me so when something bad ever happens I go to my flute. I would never get through anything if it was not for my flute playing and my thoughts of my uncle every time I play the flute. Every time I play for other people I let my emotions my light shine right to them. I let my light shine to my uncle’s spirit when I play. I let my light shine to the people I care about and my uncle through my playing of the flute! Close
When Tomorrow Starts Without Me  / Jen Maurizzio (Friend of the family )  Read >>
When Tomorrow Starts Without Me  / Jen Maurizzio (Friend of the family )

I know most of the cards and condolences have stopped, but are still hurting.  I hope this helps!  

Love, Jen



WHEN TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME


When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,
And each time you think of me, I know you'll miss me, too;
But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready in heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,
For all my life, I'd always thought I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for and so much yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you and maybe see your smile.
But then I fully realized that this could never be,
For emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things that I'd miss tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven's gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity and all I've promised you,
Today for life on Earth is past but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
And since each days' the same day, there's no longing for the past.
But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true,
Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free.
So won't you take my hand and share my life with me?"
So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me, I'm right here in your heart.

David M Romano

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Heartfelt Sympathy  / Gregory T. Wozniak (President and CEO - St. Mary Medical Center )  Read >>
Heartfelt Sympathy  / Gregory T. Wozniak (President and CEO - St. Mary Medical Center )
Dear Mrs. Sykes,

We at St. Mary Medical Center wish to express heartfelt sympathy to you on the death of your husband, Robert.

Our hospital family prays that you and your loved ones will rest on the strength of our Heavenly Father in these days of sorrow.  Your husband will be remembered at our Memorial Mass on Saturday, May 20, at 11:00 a.m. in the Medical Center Chapel.  You, your family and friends are invited to come and to join with us in prayer.  A Bereavement Support Group is offered at St. Mary.  We invite you to contact the Spiritual Care Department at 215-710-5902 if you would like additional information.

May God bless you and keep you each day of your life and may you find comfort in knowing that we care.

Sincerely,

Gregory T. Wozniak
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Condolences / Lawrence E. Daurelle (President & CEO Reliance Standard Life )  Read >>
Condolences / Lawrence E. Daurelle (President & CEO Reliance Standard Life )
Marie,

Please accept my deepest regrets to you on the loss of your husband.

Heartfelt Sympathy

Larry Close
With Sympathy  / Lynn Sundo (Frinds of Marie )  Read >>
With Sympathy  / Lynn Sundo (Frinds of Marie )

May time's passing somehow help to ease your loss and sorrow, and may the memories left behind bring comfort for tomorrow.

Lynn Sundo, Alberta Hendricks, Henrietta

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Sincere Sympathy  / Cissy Walsh (Friend of Michelle )  Read >>
Sincere Sympathy  / Cissy Walsh (Friend of Michelle )
Dear Michelle,

I'm sorry I could not attend and see you, but my thoughts & prayers are with you and your Mom.  Hope to see you soon.

Love, 
Cissy Close
Prayers / Laura Luder (Friend of Michelle )  Read >>
Prayers / Laura Luder (Friend of Michelle )
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Close
Prayers / Kristen Coe (Friend of Michelle )  Read >>
Prayers / Kristen Coe (Friend of Michelle )

Dear Michelle,

I was very sorry to hear about your stepfather.  You & your Mom will be in my family's prayers.  If you need anything please don't hesitate to call.

Peace be with you,

Kristen Coe

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Prayers / JoAnn Decker (Friend of Michelle )  Read >>
Prayers / JoAnn Decker (Friend of Michelle )
Wishing you Peace, now more than ever.

Love, Joanne Close
Thinking of You  / Kathy &. Frank Tang (Friends of Michelle )  Read >>
Thinking of You  / Kathy &. Frank Tang (Friends of Michelle )
We are so sorry for your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  May you remember all the wonderful times you shared with Bob.

Love,
Kathy & Frank Close
Condolences / Pat &. Jayne Linwood (Co-workers of Marie )  Read >>
Condolences / Pat &. Jayne Linwood (Co-workers of Marie )
Marie,

You and your daughter are in our thoughts and prayers.

Pat & Jayne Close
Deepest Sympathy  / Kathy & Kevin Stanford & Family (Neighbors)  Read >>
Deepest Sympathy  / Kathy & Kevin Stanford & Family (Neighbors)
Marie & Michelle

Bob was a very kind and gentle man.  We hope you find memories give you comfort.

Our prayers are with you.

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Thinking of you  / Barbara Sykes (Bob's Aunt )  Read >>
Thinking of you  / Barbara Sykes (Bob's Aunt )
Dear Marie,

I offer you my deepest sympathy.  You have already experienced your beginning of the firsts, Easter, your anniversary, they are hard.  I htink of you often and said a prayer that you wake comforted on Easter.  Anytime you want to talk, I'm here to listen.

Love,
Aunt Barbara Close
Condolences / Deb Staples (Friend of Marie )  Read >>
Condolences / Deb Staples (Friend of Marie )
Thinking of you at this most difficult time Close
Condolences / Chantel Farrello (Friend of Michelle )  Read >>
Condolences / Chantel Farrello (Friend of Michelle )
Hi Michelle,
 
I'm sorry to hear about your stepdad.  Hope you and your Mom are doing better.  Please don't forget to take care of your INR.
 
My condolences,
Chantel
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Prayer / Chester Lau (Co-worker of Michelle )  Read >>
Prayer / Chester Lau (Co-worker of Michelle )
Michelle: just return from some time off and sorry to learn the news, my prayer is with you and your family.  Take care.
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Sorry to hear  / Jess Egan (Friend of Michelle )  Read >>
Sorry to hear  / Jess Egan (Friend of Michelle )
Michelle, I am so sorry to hear about Bob.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do.  I was thinking of you when I was away.  It took a while to him me with my Mom, but the easiest way my family dealt was to share our memories with each other.  It sounds stupid, but it made us smile when everything sucked.  I'm here if you need anything, to talk to to pick something up or anything, please just let me know. Close
Prayers / Mary Kennedy (Friend of Michelle )  Read >>
Prayers / Mary Kennedy (Friend of Michelle )
Michelle,

So sorry to hear about Bob.  He's in a better place now with no more suffering.  I know you were very close to him and he was extremely lucky to have a daughter like you (I'm sure he knew it).  He knows you stood by him till the end.  I pray that God will bless you and your mom during this difficult period.  You need each other now more than ever.  I hope Bob's family (his parents especially) has been supportive and will continue to be supportive.  I hope you and your mom are doing ok.  Take care.


Mary
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Prayerful Support  / Christine Nagata (Friend of Marie )  Read >>
Prayerful Support  / Christine Nagata (Friend of Marie )
Marie, you have been in my thoughts and I have been sending out love and prayerful support. I know what you are going through. It is in some ways a relief, since our loved ones don't have to suffer any longer, but it is also incomprehensible that the man we loved and built a life with is no longer here. It will take much time to heal and come to terms with what has happened. I am still very much in the healing phase. Please know that I'm here anytime you need to talk. I will stop by when you get back to work. Please let me know if there will be a funeral, if so, when and where. Try and get some rest, you can now let it all go, because I know it is has been a terrible journey for some time, the load is off of your shoulders and you can stop and just let the world pass you by for a
while, it will be there when you come back.

With love,
Christine

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Prayers / Jayme Romero (Co-worker of Marie )  Read >>
Prayers / Jayme Romero (Co-worker of Marie )
I am so sorry Marie.  I am glad that he will no longer suffer.  You have been very strong through this and I will continue to pray for you and your daughter.
 
Jayme Romero
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