Robert Joseph McDonald

Sep 8, 1940 - Apr 6, 2022

Former Executive Director of the Nutley Family Service Bureau

Robert "Bob" Joseph McDonald died on April 6, 2022, at the age of 81 years.

Bob was born in Newark, NJ, on September 8, 1940, the son of the late Helen Kristofik and John McDonald. He spent his childhood years in Newark, NJ, and Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from St. Benedict's Preparatory School (Newark) and Fordham University (NYC). He received his M.S.W. from Rutgers University - School of Social Work in 1969. Robert worked for the Bureau of Child Welfare in New York City before he became the Executive Director of the Nutley Family Service Bureau, Nutley, NJ, in 1977. He was the President of the Family Service Association of New Jersey and also a consultant for the Council of Accreditation of Family Service Agencies. In 1993, he received the Nutley Annual Award for Community Service. Bob retired in 2009.

In 1967, he married Bonnie Sommer, and they lived together in Wood-Ridge, NJ, for 15 years. He was the part-time Welfare Director for Wood-Ridge, a Trustee for the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library, and a member of the Jaycees. In 1982, they moved to Florham Park, NJ, where they raised their family of three children (Drew, Nora, & Craig). He was also the part-time Welfare Director for Florham Park. He lived there for over 28 years. After he retired, Bob moved with his wife to Holiday Heights, Toms River, NJ, in 2010. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this past January.

Bob lived his life fully but simply; he was extremely proud of his children and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. His passions included reading books and the NY Times, traveling, discussing politics, eating chocolate and desserts, watching Jeopardy on TV, viewing old science fiction and musical films, and attending Broadway shows. He was an avid fan of history and throughout his life he loved traveling to US National Parks, US Presidential sites, over 25 countries around the world, and 49 US states (regretting he never got to ND).

Surviving are his wife, Bonnie; son, Craig, of MA; and his daughter, Nora, and son-in-law, Mike Berardi, of OH. He was predeceased by his son, Drew, of PA. Bob was affectionately and proudly called "Grandpa" by his six grandchildren, Brielle, Lauren, and John McDonald; and Ryan, Rachael, and Olivia Carson-McDonald. Also surviving are his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Scott and Linda Sommer, of NV; and many nieces and nephews, from his brother's family. He was pre-deceased by his brother Jack McDonald of TX.

In keeping with the wishes of Robert, no funeral services will be held, cremation will be private, and a memorial gathering will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Robert McDonald's honor to any public library, foodbank, or US National Park.

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