Robert J. Gerold "Robbie" passed away peacefully on October 17, 2021 with his loving family by his side. He is the beloved husband of Doreen Gerold (nee Kozak). Devoted father of Jamie Deeley (Brad), Ryan Gerold (Lauren), Gavin Gerold, Nolan Gerold, Owen Gerold, and Pop of Bradley, Reese, Ryen, Brennan, and Colin. Cherished son of Robert and Marie (nee Gaul) Gerold. Loving brother of Teresa Ruisch, Brian Gerold, Christina Lucia, and Marie McCrea (Ed). Dear son in law of Jean and the late Martin Kozak and brother in law of Marty Kozak, David Kozak (Richelle), Michael Kozak (Donna) and Cheryl Kozak. Sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Robbie was raised in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, on Letterly Street, where he amassed lifelong friendships. He attended St. Anne School and North Catholic High School, from which he proudly graduated Class of 1981. Rob had a great work ethic and he was a proud member of the Teamsters Local 107. During his childhood, Rob was known to be a great competitor in baseball and football, a gift he was able to pass on to his own children. Aside from playing sports, his true love was watching his kids play sports and he was their greatest fan. Also being the ultimate Philly sports fanatic, he loved to watch all Philadelphia sports teams.
Rob relocated to Merchantville, New Jersey and quickly became the "self proclaimed" Mayor of the town. It was here that he could enjoy listening to music and drinking beers with family and friends in his backyard "paradise". All were welcome in his home. Rob was the type of guy that made you feel like you were family and was always the life of the party. To know him was to love him, for sure.
In 2011, Rob was diagnosed with Metastatic melanoma with a prognosis of 10 months to live. Courageously, he participated in a clinical trial that not only gave him ten years to live, but saved many lives. During the last ten years he had countless surgeries and treatments. After every visit and treatment , he would give his doctor and nurses a hug.
Earlier this year, another disease snuck up on Rob called leptomeningeal disease from the melanoma. He fought this disease with the same intensity. Some may say that the cancer won, but to his family, he will always be the winner, their hero. Rob will be missed tremendously by all those who knew and loved him, especially his family. He was the most devoted husband, dad, and pop.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing and funeral Saturday October 23, 2021 from 8-10:45 am in St. Anne Church (upper) 2328 East Lehigh Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125. Funeral Mass 11am. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Hospital 233 S. 10th Street Philadelphia PA 19107 or http://www.sidneykimmelcancercenter.jeffersonhealth.org
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