Robert (Bob) Laramee Nowak passed peacefully, with his wife Susan by his side, on April 23, 2020 at Hudson Valley Hospital, Cortlandt Manor, NY at the age of 74.
He was born July 22, 1945 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, NJ, son of the late Edmund Sr. and Elizabeth "Betty" Nowak (nee Laramee) and brother of the late Edmund Nowak, Jr.
He is survived by his wife Susan Early, brother Lee Nowak and wife Sue, sister Joy Kennedy and husband Tim, and sister-in-law MaryJayne Nowak.
Also surviving him are nieces Colleen, Maria, Cheryl, Katelynn and Hannah, nephews Ed, Matt, Jason and Clayton. Great-nieces Kayleigh, Victoria and Rhiannon, great-nephews Liam, Declan, Brayden, Gavin and Dylan and great-great nephew Carter. He was pre-deceased by his great-nephew Mitchell.
Bob was a graduate of Linden High School in 1964. He served in the Navy in Vietnam as a coxswain on a riverboat. After his Navy service ended he worked at jobs requiring mechanical expertise including Anchor Motor Freight and Sears. He was a founding member of LZ Hope, a veteran's PTSD self-help group at the VA Hospital, East Orange, NJ.
Bob was a NJ resident for 57 years before moving to Cold Spring, NY. In his earlier years Bob enjoyed taking family and friends out on his boat, riding his motorcycle and attending car shows with his 63½ Ford Galaxy. He loved his dogs, Fords, frogs, Coca-Cola, mustards, chili, hot peppers, cheese and (sadly) the Jets. Bob was always thoughtful and generous to family and friends. He will be missed by all.
If you wish, donations can be made in Bob’s memory to Vietnam Veterans of America, any other veteran’s organization, or a charity of your choice.
A memorial tribute at Clinton Funeral Home, Cold Spring, N.Y. will be announced at a later date.