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Robert “Bob” Joseph Standarowski, age 75, of Milton DE (formerly of Newark, DE) passed away after a sudden illness on Monday, November 27, 2023. Bob was born in Wilmington, DE on June 16, 1948 to the late Frank and Mary (Vari) Standarowski. As a child, Bob (Bobby) was either on the water, playing an instrument, or spending time with family and thinking about the next time he could go fishing or crabbing. “Bobby” stuck with him his whole life as did his love of music, food, family, and being on the water.
Skilled at the accordion, piano, and guitar, Bob loved playing music, and would go on to perform with his childhood band at the 1964 World’s Fair. The passing of his father when he was a child instilled in him a sense of responsibility and care for his family. Just out of high school with dreams of starting a business and building, Bob enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Vietnam War. While enlisted and state-side in New Mexico, Bob met his wife Mary Lou and moved back to Delaware to start their American dream.
Carpenter and businessman at heart, Bob started a construction business focused primarily in custom residential building and remodeling but always made time for family and friends who needed help or guidance. Not only did Bob build properties throughout the tri-state area, he built lasting relationships and family bonds he so deeply cherished. Bob was known by all that knew him as the man that could build or fix just about anything. He had a way of making everyone feel at ease and welcomed you into his home as part of the family. His laugh was so contagious he made even the simplest of gatherings into wonderful memories.
He had a passion for cooking, especially when everyone was gathered, likely stemming from his upbringing in a large, tight knit Italian family. A man of many hobbies, he loved playing tennis and coaching baseball. Later in life, he spent time with cousins making wine, taking part in Vendemia competitions, and sharing food and experiences with friends in the wine guild.
Dad will be in our hearts forever. That will be his legacy - A family man full of unwavering love; A man that could always be counted on; A man with extraordinary knowledge, talent, and positivity in everything he did; An honest and hardworking man that did things right.
Bob is predeceased by both his parents and his wife of 48 years, Mary Lou (Reinert) Standarowski- for whom he provided loving care throughout her illness with breast cancer. His devotion and support were a testament to his strength and love.
He is survived by his two sons, Rob (Katie) and Derek Standarowski; his two grandsons, Robby and James; and his three sisters, Judy (Chip) Outten, Karen (Jeff) Marion, and Diane (Don Franklin) Cannon, and treasured Godfather and Uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Monday, December 11, 2023 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Resurrection Catholic Church, 3000 Videre Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held privately in the Delaware Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at a later date.
In honoring Bob's memory, let us reflect on the extraordinary life he led, the joy he shared, and the lasting impact he had on all our lives. Memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org.