Robert G. Wasik, 76, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2021, after a brave battle against cancer. Bob was born and raised in Kinsman, Ohio, then attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., and graduate school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. In 1968, he joined the federal systems division of IBM, which by the time he retired — thirty-seven years later, in 2005 — had become part of Lockheed Martin. Bob is deeply missed by his loving family, most of all Mary, his wife of 53 years, as well as his sons, David and Bill, and his three grandchildren, Ben, Allison, and Emmett.
As word about Bob’s passing has spread, a great many family members, friends, former colleagues, and fellow members of Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church are all very sad and are grieving this loss. But at the same time, we have spent recent days reflecting on and being thankful for Bob’s special character, his sense of humor, and the courage that he showed in all aspects of his life, up until his very last day battling cancer and the effects of a stroke.
Each of us has many “Bob stories.” These might come from growing up with him in Kinsman, from working with (or for) him, from church mission trips, from family get-togethers, or from attending a Duke basketball or Washington Nationals baseball game with him. Bob was a special part of so many lives, and collectively we miss him terribly. But we also are thankful for the impact that he had on each of us.
Bob’s family is planning a virtual memorial service on Saturday, April 24th, at 5pm, and will be providing a Zoom link soon. In the meantime, in lieu of flowers please consider a gift to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Fund.
“When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, you have taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul.”
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