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It is with deep sadness and heartbreak that the family of Robert Chmura announces his unexpected passing.
Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, he moved to Bayonne at the age of 10 before relocating to Union City this past year.
Robert was a graduate of Bayonne High School where he was recognized as a gifted football player. His athletic success did not come without diligent efforts as he and his teammates proudly won the 2003 New Jersey State Championship title.
Robert was employed as a forklift operator with the Marine Container Services in Newark. His incredible sense of humor and sharp wit never failed to make others smile as he was often considered to be the life of the party. His most satisfying pleasures before starting each day were his daily routine of having his morning coffee and smoking a cigarette while doing his scratch-off tickets.
Known for his selfless nature and sincere understanding towards others, he was regarded as the “go-to guy”, in times of need, who had the ability to solve just about any problem no matter how big or small and expected nothing in return.
Robert had a fierce love for his family and treasured spending time with them. It especially brought him great joy watching his niece and nephews faces light up when he would dress up as Santa Claus during the holiday season.
His presence on earth will be profoundly missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him.
Robert was predeceased by his sister Grace Anne Chmura, his paternal grandparents; Wladyslaw and Marianna Chmura and his maternal grandfather, Stansislaw Plesniarski. Left to cherish his memory are his devoted parents, Romuald and Lucyna (Plesniarski) Chmura, his maternal grandmother, Katherine Plesniarski; sisters, Michelle Chmura, Patricia Chmura-Saez and her husband Christopher, and Michelle Ridgway and her husband Brett; his brother Christopher and wife Michele; his niece Alexis Saez, and nephews, Grayson and Gattlin Ridgway; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins and his close-knit circle of friends.
A visitation will be held at the Dworzanski & Son Funeral Home on Thursday, September 26, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral mass in Robert's honor will be offered on Friday, September 27, at 10:00 a.m. from the Parish of St. John Paul II at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 39 East 22nd Street, Bayonne. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, N.J.
To assist the family in their unforseen loss, please visit the link below.
When I Leave
When I must leave you
for a little while
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you
through the years
But start out bravely with a gallant smile:
And for my sake and in my name
live on and do all things the same,
Feed not your loneliness
On empty days,
But fill each waking hour
in useful ways,
Reach out your hand
in comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you
and hold you near
And never, never be afraid to die
For I am waiting for you in the sky!