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Robert James Walicki – age 86, of The Villages, FL passed away Saturday, August 22, 2020. Bob was born May 3, 1934 in Detroit, MI, son of the late Mary J Walicki.  He was a graduate of Murray-Wright High School, Detroit-MI, served in the United States Air Force, and was married to Jeanette Loretta (Rozenbajgier) Walicki for 56 years.

The “Wizard” was employed at Ford Motor Company for over 40 years, and following retirement worked at the TPC of Michigan for 12 years. He served as President of the Woodhaven-Brownstown, MI School District for eight years, and was a member of the City of Woodhaven Planning Committee. Bob was actively involved in the Jaycees, Kiwanis, and Salvation Army throughout his life, as well as managed/coached youth sports teams with Detroit Little Caesars Hockey, Taylor South Little League, and the City of Woodhaven. He loved sports, politics, and most of all his family.

He is survived by his wife Jeanette “Jan” and son Kevin Walter Walicki (Adrienne Durish) of Linden, MI; three grandchildren Blaike Nicole (Walicki) Copeland (husband Shane Copeland), Kevin Robert Walicki and Cooper Lee Walicki; three great-grandchildren Conner, Graeson, & Dax, and sister Joan Marie (Walicki) Szuba (husband Robert Szuba).  Bob was preceded in death by his brother Bruce Walicki

In leu of flowers donations can be made in his name with The Parkinson’s Foundation at  https://www.parkinson.org/ or The Cornerstone hospice at https://cornerstonehospice.org/.

 


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  1. 05 Sep 2020
    Dick & Betty Burnett says:
    Our hearts were filled with sorrow when we learned about the passing of our good buddy, Bob. It did not take long, after we moved into
    Naples' Vanderbilt Country Club in 1999, for us to become the closest of friends with our dear winter neighbors, Bob & Jeanette.
    We will dearly miss Bob's mischievous grin & infectious "heh...heh...heh" that accented his innumerable "head-shaking" stories around home, almost daily, and frequently at our "meat & potatoes" meals at our Club & a variety of local eateries.
    We will always fondly remember our exploratory venture to Key West with them, punctuated by our initial "arm-in-arm" stroll down to Main Street, and the fun we had when they came to visit our place in the mountains of NC.
    Some of our warmest memories were those heart-felt chats about the antics of his dear kitty (Whitey) & our 3 (Spooky, Molly & Spunky).
    And, though we spent many hours viewing & discussing sports, our most meaningful discussions were about God & Church. These conversations eventually led to our mutual decision to "come forward" at the North Naples Baptist Church, and to be baptized in the Gulf of Mexico by our favorite, former Pastor Hayes Wicker. Bob served as a loyal volunteer with the Naples' "Men's Golf Fellowship" of weekly Christian Speaker breakfasts, and an inaugural, committed member of our local MGF Discussion Group at Vanderbilt CC.
    His Detroit friends affectionately called him the "Wizard", because of his delightful sense of humor, wisdom & working knowledge of human nature. And, we are pleased that our gift remembrance to honor that personification of him still hangs in their living room.
    We pray that the Lord is enjoying the endearing presence of our "Wizard" now, as much as we did over the past 20 years.
    May God bless you, Robert, & continue to look after your dear wife, Jeanette, by filling you both with the Peace of Christ for all eternity,
    through the power of His Holy Spirit. With all our love, till we meet again: Betty, Dick & Spunky Burnett

  2. 01 Sep 2020
    Teresa Borgione says:
    Jeanette, Jim and I hated to see you and Bob leave Naples. I agree with everything Jim said; however, just want you to know I have my own special memories of Bob, too. I always enjoyed stopping by your condo during my bike rides because he always had the door open for me and greeted me with his smile! The heavens are brighter by one more star, Bob! Love, Teresa

  3. 30 Aug 2020
    Gloria Finley says:
    Jeanette and I have been friends since high school, CCD classes, teen classes, Richard, and her mother's fried chicken dinners. When I met Bob, a few years after college , I knew she had met her one and only. He cracked me up from the very beginning and kept it up during the many years my husband and I have known him.
    We have always enjoyed his funny stories, quick out-of-the-blue hilarious comments, stories of life, generosity of his time and home, the card game of Golf, and willingness to play Scrabble, (he didn't like Scrabble).
    Bob loved his country and always had his flag outside of his home. Bob had a great memory and could come up with random details throughout our conversations, was called the Wizard, (and smelled wonderful), too.
    We'll miss him forever...he was a wonderful friend and husband, father, and grandfather.

  4. 30 Aug 2020
    Phil and Lou Blanco lit a candle:
    Lit since August 30, 2020 at 8:06:14 AM

  5. 29 Aug 2020
    Stephanie M Blanco says:
    Words cannot describe who Bob was and so words also cannot describe the loss the Blanco family is feeling right now. Heaven has gained an Angel. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  6. 29 Aug 2020
    Jim Borgione says:
    Jeanette, when I met you at the Vanderbilt Media Room and the next morning Bob called me wanting to stop over your condo, little did I know walking into your condo I knew the "Wizard" from Ford. We became good friends. Always looked forward to getting together with him to talk about our sports teams, politics, his stories about the school board, and experiences working at Ford and TPC. I enjoyed his outlook on life and sense of humor. He always liked being around people, his door was always open, and he was a big tipper! He is surely missed by me, and many! RIP Bob! Jim Borgione

  7. 29 Aug 2020
    Kathleen Zajac Steers DiMarino says:
    Jeaneatte,
    My memories flash back to Zajac family gatherings. Cousin Bob had the patience to include and chat wit his kid cousin, me.
    May love envelope you now.
    Cousin Kathy

  8. 29 Aug 2020
    Loretta Cendroski says:
    It has been my honor to have met you and spend some time with you and Jeanette. The first time of an encounter was in Detroit after visiting Jeanette's father in the hospital and what ensued next that will never be forgotten. I know it had to be amusing to you as I find it as such. I know you have not forgotten because when you and Jeanette stopped in Myrtle Beach several years ago on your way to Naples you brought it up. I know you were such a blessing in Jeanette's life as you were in your whole family's and the people with whom you were involved. My sons have always spoken highly of you and your kindness and generosity. Thank you for allowing us into your life while here on earth. Love and Prayers.''
    Loretta, Edward, Dean, and Jim

  9. 28 Aug 2020
    Beth Howard says:
    Our condolences to Jeanette and family on Bob's passing.
    The following are snip-its of our wonderful memories of Bob. We had the good fortune to be neighbors for 20 years on Lilac Street. Bob is the true definition of "neighbor". He was the bonding thread to our block.His concern for all was commonplace as he traipsed around checking on all. Along the way he would share a joke with his infectious smile and twinkle in his eye; you couldn't help but laugh. His heart was bigger than Santa Claus. The Woodhaven Marching Band would silently assemble in the dark on his front lawn before Christmas break and play caroles we all enjoyed. Neighborhood folklore has it that during football season Bob was the prankster with accomplices who would remind all that Michigan was the best team in the Nation. GO BLUE! Our cat Domino even had a "M" shirt to wear and Bob would walk him proudly on his leash. Nicknames were fondly given and to this day remain in use. Block parties were arranged under his direction and matching shirts ordered for all attendees with the picture of his favorite buddy, Podz, on them. Bob would hold court daily in Podz's garage aka "The Lodge", where verbal jousting back and forth occurred and the days events discussed. Women could visit but not cross the cement line into the "Lodge". Although Bob and Jeanette moved to Florida years ago; the house is still referred to as "Walicki's". Bob is a legend and we are proud to have been a part of his wonderful life! Hugs!
    Byron, Beth, Byron and Bill Howard

  10. 27 Aug 2020
    Geo & Nanc says:
    We will always remember the great times with you & Jeanette. Loved your sense of humor. You will be missed. Rest In Peace.

  11. 27 Aug 2020
    Pat scahill says:
    Our condolences to all. Bob was a true joy to know. A good man who made you feel welcome and important with just enough mischievous shenanigans to make him great fun to be around! Will miss him greatly. Love and prayers to Jeannette and family.
    Jane and Pat Scahill

  12. 27 Aug 2020
    Jodie Mishall posted an image:
    Great times ❤️
    Great times ❤️

  13. 27 Aug 2020
    Jodie Mishall says:
    Bob, or should I say my man. You were my father in law for many years. I couldn’t have asked for a better one. Your jokes, laughs and smile always made my day. You were an amazing Dad, Popo and friend. You were always there for us any minute or day of the year. I love you dearly ❤️ You will be missed deeply. I have all the memories tucked in my heart ❤️ Thank you for being a part of our lives. Rest In Peace.

  14. 27 Aug 2020
    Martha Chaffin says:
    Bob

    You will be missed you were always looking out for us. I enjoyed watching Cooper's baseball games with you and Jeanette!
    I know you enjoyed eating my spaghetti and cookies. Cooper and you had such a special relationship and both of you were lucky to share that relationship. Love you, Martha

  15. 27 Aug 2020
    Christian Chaffin says:
    Bob,

    Cooper is really going to miss you. The connection you both shared was special and once in a lifetime. Thanks for always being so good to me and making sure that Coop & I were always taken care of. I know Coop wished he would've been able to see you one last time. But he will always hold near to his heart the weekly zoom calls. Love you, Christian

  16. 27 Aug 2020
    Cooper Walicki says:
    Popo, I miss seeing and hearing from you. I remember all of the funny stories and sayings we had together. I always loved going down to Florida for my spring or winter break and enjoying precious time with Grammie and you. From going to sporting events to sitting in the living room, I always had an incredible time being with you. I wish I could've seen you one last time before you went to Heaven. I will love you and miss you so much always.

  17. 27 Aug 2020
    Stephen Coleman says:
    Bob was one of the first people that I met when I started at Ford. He took me under his wing immediately. That was almost 28 years ago, and we were friends ever since then. He was a great friend, man, father, husband and grandfather. He will be missed. Prayers for the entire family.

  18. 27 Aug 2020
    Marion Bojas says:
    Bob will always be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor and his smile when you knew he had just put something over on you but you didn’t know what it was. Jerry always liked to see him and get into all the discussions on sports and politics, peppered with lots of laughs...and lots of jokes for us girls. Always loved to visit in Florida...so very sorry to hear about his passing. My sincere sympathy to Jeanette and the family.

  19. 27 Aug 2020
    Bob Kavanagh says:
    I worked with Bob in the same department for about 10 years @ Ford Motor. He loved to talk sports,life, and family. Many times I felt like I personally knew you all, especially Kevin. Bob was quite a character (I know you can attest to that). He had a unique sense of humor and kept the department loose, which often was needed. I visited Bob in Naples after my retirement and stayed overnite and truly had many conversations about our lives and how great it was to have known each other. I will miss his laugh and that funny grin always making you wonder what he was up to next.
    My deepest sympathy to the entire family and thank you for this opportunity to remember the “WIZARD”

  20. 27 Aug 2020
    Blaike says:
    Popo,

    We miss you so much already. It breaks my heart that Dax never got to know you, but Conner and Graeson love you so much. You were so great to our family, I will never forget all of the funny stories we always told and how much we laughed, and family feud may be hard to watch now without you but I’m so glad you’re not suffering anymore and you can be at peace. You’re our guardian angel now. We love you so very much!
    Xoxo- Blaike, Shane and the babies!

  21. 27 Aug 2020
    Jeanette Walicki says:
    Bob, you will be missed by everyone .... your jokes, your smile, your sense of humor, "your cologne", and all the good that you accomplished during your time with us. You said you would save me a place next to you in heaven ..... could you arrange to have lilacs planted nearby ..... I love their fragrance. Love you, Jeanette

  22. 26 Aug 2020
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