Robert J. Maskulyak of Blackwood NJ, unexpectedly passed away on November 18, 2022. Bob was a devoted husband and is survived by his loving wife, Francesca Maskulyak (née Chila). Devoted brother to Lynn Fox (Chris). Loving son of the late Robert and Eleanor (nee Williams) Maskulyak. Dear son-in-law of Diego and Cristina Chila. Dear brother-in-law of Maria Chellew (Lou), Tony Chila (Kim) and Christina Chila. Loving uncle of Antonio, Aliyah and Louie. Bob also leaves behind extended family and many close friends who became family, especially his Valleybrook community.
Bob was the Chief Operating Officer of DataFirst, an information technology management company focused on healthcare facilities worldwide. He was a loyal member of the Ron Jaworski's Valleybrook Country Club and the Sons of Italy, Carmel S. Morina Lodge in Paulsboro, New Jersey. Bob leaves a legacy of love and friendship. He was a friendly face in any crowd and would carry on a conversation with anyone. He was a planner and problem solver. His pearls of wisdom were impactful and will be treasured by all who had the fortune to hear them. He was the definition of a gentleman with an enormous heart.
There will be a Celebration of Life at a later time. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's memory to a favorite charity of your choice.
There are no events scheduled.
A dear and trusted friend, a remarkable colleague and leader, and a very loving husband. Every conversation yielded a witty saying, an impromptu joke, and ultimately a series of laughs. It was just his nature, his God-given gift and desire to make others smile. Bob’s presence continually lit the room, having an uncanny ability to lift spirits, and invoke hope. He was gracious to a fault, purposefully driven to excel, capable in more ways than I can list, and approachable by anyone, anytime. He was a mentor to so very many, personally and professionally, always willing to share his knowledge or to simply just listen. He leaves behind innumerable friends, because, well, that is what he was to anyone blessed to know him. He deeply loves his wife Fran, and spoke of her in most conversations, showing the purity of that love in his messaging of her to others. He also cherished the friendships he created, always looking to help, attend, or honor those who have fallen, or are in need. Bob offered a unique perspective and friendship that I will always cherish and reflect on. He is wrapped in prayer, revered at the highest level, and missed beyond words. May God comfort and hold you tightly forever my good friend. You are in our hearts….Always.
There are a handful of people that one is blessed to meet in a lifetime that profoundly change the way you see and experience the world. For me, Bob was at the top of the list. I suspect that any commentary on my friendship might be indistinguishable from the observations of others…..And that seems a fitting epitaph for one who made you feel as if you were his only friend in the world. But we all know that this is not the case. C.S. Lewis notes in his work The Four Loves, that when it comes to friendship "two friends delight to be joined by a third, and three by a fourth..." . This was how I knew Bob Maskulyak. You don’t spend a decade walking beside a person, day in and day out, and not know their true heart. Bob loved people. Most of all, he loved Fran fiercely. His love of music was evident by the playlists he created and shared. I doubt I can ever listen to Depeche Mode again without remembering him. He was a gifted business colleague whom I entrusted the care of a company. He was a trusted advisor whom I relied on daily for insight and truth. He was a mentor to many and a respected leader whose qualities were marked by unimpeachable integrity and character. Above all, he was a dear friend and one of the sweetest, kindest, and generous souls I have ever had the honor of knowing. I will miss my brother greatly, as my heart aches in the void remaining.
It is in weeping that we learn to contemplate the goodness of God. It is in mourning that we discover the peace of God that passes understanding.