Robert "Bobby" Wright Earle
The angels finally came & delivered Bobby to paradise on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 after a valiant fight against cancer that spanned nineteen long months. He died with his wife and daughter next to him in his own bed, in the room he slept in since his birth. His home, his heritage and his love for this beautiful place was what defined him and we thank God he had the chance to die here, in his own way.
Bobby was a graduate of Wayne Valley High School class of 1972. He was a muscle car enthusiast, a Zappa fan, a horseman, a builder and in his later years, a master carpenter. In 1978, he along with his brother Geoffrey established Earle Brother Construction and built numerous homes in Northern New Jersey. They were awarded the National Builders Association award for Builders of the year in 1991. Since 1998, Bobby was the sole proprietor of Structural Arts in Wayne, NJ, expanding on his incredible talent for fine woodworking. Many homes in Northern New Jersey contained his masterful fireplaces, built-ins, coffered ceilings and raised panel millwork. God’s gifts to him were many. The talent in his hands, a winning smile, a kind and loving heart and the ability to collect friends with every hand he shook. His soul was just under the skin, visible to all who met him. He was truly a unique person and a friend to many. He was a dedicated and loving husband, and a doting dad.
Left behind to mourn the loss of this larger than life man, are his wife of twenty-two years, Paula (nee Dodge) Earle and their greatest achievement, their daughter Kaitlyn Rose Earle, twenty years of age. Also, his brothers Kevin B. Earle of Phoenix, Arizona, brother-in-law Robert Peterson, and Geofrey S. Earle of South Jersey. His nieces and nephews, Elizabeth and Brad Earle, Amie and Jenny Dodge, Susan, Brian and Scott Dunham. His cousins Rose Ferraris, Stephanie Carr and Paula Theisen. He was predeceased by his parents, Rose (Masseroni) Earle in 1999 and George A. Earle in 1965.
Also surviving to mourn his loss are those friends closest to his heart, his inner circle, John Kruse, Jimmy Chappa, Allan Forgione, Doug Lasnick, Brian and Sandy Donovan, Beth, Roger and Brianna Smith and Suzanne Conti. They carried us through this Journey.
The family would also like to thank his many friends who stepped up from the time of diagnosis, and never stopped supporting us emotionally, spiritually and when needed, financially. Since the beginning of this journey, we have referred to them as “Bob’s Army of Angels”. There are too many angels to name, but they know who they are and we are eternally grateful for their love and dedication to Bob’s fight.
In his final days, a new circle of good Samaritans developed around us. They are the team of Life Choice Hospice, who granted his last wish to die at home. We extend our deepest gratitude to Debbie, Mark, Karen, Cathy, Jack, Dorothy, Maureen and Olga for making that possible.
A special thanks to the nurses, doctors and the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Bob’s name to Life Choice Hospice, 65 East Route 4, River Edge, NJ 07661.
Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Monday, November 26, 2012 from 2-4 & 6-9 PM.
Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 AM on Tuesday from the funeral home, then to Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Wayne, where at 10:30 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered.