Mr. Robert John Lansdale, lifelong resident of Edison, NJ, passed away Sunday May 5th, 2019, at the age of 74, after a fast and furious battle with cancer. He was at home, surrounded and comforted by his loved ones as he left our world to go with God.
Born on December 12, 1944 to his parents William 'Bill' Lansdale Sr and Anna Kady Lansdale in New Brunswick, NJ, he was raised alongside his brother William 'Whip' Lansdale Jr, and James 'Bingo' Lansdale, all of whom have predeceased him in death. He was a Teamster Local #469 and drove a concrete mixer for Jersey Concrete and others until his early retirement.
As the son of a WWII Army Veteran and master carpenter, and a homemaker, Bob learned carpentry skills from his father and built a beautiful A Frame cabin in Pennsylvania for his family that he was fiercely proud of. The kindness and compassion in him was something he learned from his mother, and he was just as proud of her rich Hungarian culture as he was of everything else. As a true American Patriot, he proudly flew the American flag every chance he had, and showed support for our veterans throughout his life, he loved getting their stories, and could listen to them talk for hours.
Bob, better known as Maverick to his friends, left behind life lessons and traits that, although they drove us crazy, we will NEVER forget. First and foremost being, if you can't fix it, duct tape can. Always, always,have some duct tape handy. Watch where you are walking, do NOT walk in the oil! Don't hit the potholes Holly, straddle them! Dontcha know how to straddle them? Sherri, WHERE is my foil cover for the toaster? Oh Heather! Don't you ever learn? Not to mention, 'Dad time'. He was always going to be late no matter what it was, you just had to live with it. Last but not least, when tensions were high and we were
all fighting, Dad would turn to us and say "Aren't we having fun? FUN, FUN, FUN!"
Bob loved his family and put them first in everything he did. He enjoyed hunting, motorcycles, especially his Harley, taking long road trips, American cars, planes, and American war history. He was happiest doing any of these things. He went to so many bike weeks he could not wear all of his t-shirts. He had a wonderful sense of humor and any chance he got to tease you about something and get a good laugh from the crowd, well, he was taking it.
Bob loved attending bingo, watching his Sunday NASCAR races, yelling (with love of course, and pure exasperation), and was always there to help with any home projects or car repairs. As a father, boyfriend, friend, grandfather, son, and brother etc, he would come to our rescue more times than we can count, even as he was yelling at us for needing his help. We are forever grateful for the wonderful times we shared with him. We truly don't know what we are going to do without him.
A man of strong Catholic faith, he liked going to different churches when he visited family and friends, and trying to find just the right Priest whose Mass he liked best.
He is survived by his girlfriend Peggie Richardi of Nashua, NH, daughters Sherri Rader of Edgewater, FL, Holly Lansdale of Manchester, NH, Heather Lansdale of Edgewater, FL, his grandchildren Shannon Schneider of New Smyrna Beach, Megan Schotzko and her husband Timo Schotzko of Metzingen, Germany, Robert 'Bobby' Schneider of Edgewater, FL, Corinne Cabaniss of Londonderry, NH, and his great grandchildren Bree, CJ, Cayden, Amiah, Noa, Jack, and Aubrielle. His extended family includes his best friends Sharon Rader of Edgewater, FL and family, Jo Ann Petti of Manalapan, NJ and family, and Brian, Julie, and Bruce Comire of Nashua, NH.
In lieu of flowers, Bob would be happy to see donations go to The American Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Project.
We invite family and friends to attend: Viewing Hours ~ Gowen Funeral Home 239 Livingston St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 732-545-1344
Sunday May 12, 2019 4 pm to 6 pm
Burial ~ Franklin Memorial Park 1800 Rt 27 North Brunswick, NJ 08902 732-545-4184 Monday May 13,
2019 9 am
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