Robert “Bob” John Gaida, 76, of The Villages FL, passed away on March 16, 2022, at Serenades Memory Care Facility. He departed this life after a 10-year battle with frontotemporal dementia.
Robert was born in Gallitzin, PA on November 3, 1945, son of William Gaida and Tillie Bem Gaida. His career aspirations took him to Edison, NJ in 1964 where he took a job at Ford Motor Company. Robert married Karen Gentile on February 27, 1965. Following their union, they started a family and settled down in New Brunswick, NJ. Bob stayed at Ford until 1999, culminating in the position of Manager of Manufacturing Engineering. On April 16, 2004, the couple moved to The Villages, Florida to enjoy their retirement.
Bob was beloved by his family and friends. He was an exceptional husband, father, and grandfather. Many that knew him have expressed what a kind and fun soul he was. He was a family man and put a great importance on being the provider. His pastimes included bowling, poker, auto-repair, carpentry and especially golf. Robert had an incredible talent for golf, which was a big part of his day-to-day life after retirement.
Robert was preceded in death by his brothers William Gaida and Walter Gaida.
Robert is survived by his wife Karen Gaida; daughters Jeanette Kostival and Brenda Flaherty; brother Francis Gaida; sister Barbara Gaida; grandchildren Brent Kostival, Brielle (Thomas) Pannullo, Grace Flaherty, and Caleigh Flaherty; and great grandson Oliver Pannullo.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Cornerstone Hospice for their professional and loving care. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Cornerstone Hospice. Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS-Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-480-5959. Sentiments may be left at www.baldwincremation.com.