Robert J. Terry

Obituary for Robert J. Terry

September 26, 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Robert J. "Bob" Terry passed away, surrounded by his children, on September 26, 2021 at the age of 69. Loving father of Shannon Matter (Brett), Kristy Cichonski (Shaun), Robert J. Terry, Jr. (Frencesca), Shane Terry and Brianna Terry; cherished grandfather of Leigha, Olivia, Riley, Dean, Victoria, Savanna, Shaun, Jr., Robert III, Quinn and Reese. He is also survived by his brother, William Terry (Mary) and longtime companion, Pamela Stewart. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, William and Anna Terry.

Bob was a lifelong resident of the great city of Philadelphia. Although he lived in various sections of Philly, he always considered the Far Northeast his home. Bob spoke often of his time as a student at St. Anselm School, his Parkwood football days and he was beyond proud of being an Archbishop Ryan alumnus. It was very common to spot him around the neighborhood wearing the Ryan red and black. Bob spent many vacations in Wildwood, NJ over the course of his life, never failing to enjoy each one!

Bob was a member of the Teamsters Local 830 for many years during his driving career. He formed many lasting, meaningful friendships with coworkers and customers during those years. He took great pride in his work and believed in working hard. In his later years, Bob enjoyed bartending…and a fantastic one he was. He drew the crowds with his personable attitude, friendly disposition, welcoming smile and even that great singing voice. He knew how to listen to people and make them feel at home. Quite simply, he was a people person. He genuinely loved people and was a loyal friend to many. It was an ongoing joke in the family that no matter where he went, somehow someone there would know him…even when he was out of the country!

Bob was a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Flyers. His favorite activity was attending games whenever he had the chance. He attended countless games over the years with friends and family and had the same look of excitement each time as if it was his first. He also enjoyed cheering for Penn State football. One of his greatest loves was music, especially Motown. The man could sing and dance and he let you know it. Bob also had a sarcastic wit about him that added light and levity to many situations.

Bob was best known for his love of family. He loved to hold court and tell stories "bragging" about his kids and grandkids to anyone who would listen. He was proud of their education, their success but most of all that they were "good people." Bob was the kind of father that didn't miss a thing. Despite having 5 children and 10 grandchildren, he was always there when needed. He was a family man through and through and cherished all his time with his. Although his absence is crushing, we smile knowing a man like Bob may no longer be with us but will never truly be gone.

Relatives and friends are invited to Bob's Life Celebration on Monday, October 4th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and followed by his Memorial Service, 12:00 p.m., at John F. Givnish Life Celebration Home, 10975 Academy Rd., Phila. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Bob's memory to St. Jude Children's Hospital at would be appreciated.

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10975 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
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