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Robert Douglas Lee Jr., 59

Robert Douglas Lee Jr. (Bucktrout Funeral Home)

It is with heavy hearts and profound gratitude for a life well-lived that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) D. Lee, Jr. who passed away peacefully on April 15 surrounded by his loving family in his home at the age of 59.

He was born in Elmont NY, to the late Robert D. Lee Sr. and Barbara A. Lee and was the only son of seven children. Bob met the love of his life, Lolita, while serving in Okinawa, Japan during his time in the United States Air Force, and together they had two sons that were the center of their world. He was a true hero who dedicated his life to serving God, his country, and his family. His duty, honor, and faith left a mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Lolita, his sons, Jeremy and Danny, daughter-in-law Laura, granddaughter Samantha, and his six sisters; Debbie Schultz, Barbara Onorato-Michael, Josie Dull, Theresa Fisher, Jennifer McAvoy-Charlie, and Jackie Cason-Steve. He was also showered with love throughout his life from aunts, uncles, cousins, and many cherished nieces and nephews.

Bob’s rewarding military career spanned over 40 years, with over 20 years of active duty service and 20 years of civil service. He exemplified courage and integrity in every assignment and earned numerous commendations for his exceptional leadership and commitment, and obtained both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He served in Michigan, Japan, Germany, and Hawaii, before finishing his active duty career as a Senior Master Sergeant in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

As a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Bob was the epitome of love and devotion. As a devoted father, he instilled in his two sons the values of honor, respect, hard work, sacrifice, compassion, and faith. His love and warmth, his wisdom, and his unwavering support as a son, brother, uncle, and friend ran deep and had a huge impact on the lives of his family.

Bob cherished moments spent with his family watching sports, whether it be on TV or cheering on his sons or nieces and nephews at sporting events. Bob especially loved football, and Sundays were special days spent watching football with his family and going to church. He loved hitting the gym, going to see a movie, or simply sharing precious moments and conversations together. His love knew no bounds, and his legacy of faith, love, courage, and strength will continue to inspire all of us for years and years to come.

A funeral service at Cross Walk Church, 7575 Richmond Rd. in Norge (Williamsburg) will take place on Friday April 19 at 11 a.m. A light reception will follow after the service.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS association (als.org) or Paralyzed Veterans of America (pva.org).

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