Obituary of Robert L. Jenkins
Robert “Bobby” Jenkins, 75, of Freehold, New Jersey passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at home surrounded by family. He was born November 5, 1946. Bobby was a native Staten Islander and proud of it. He attended New Dorp High School and then transferred to Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, VA. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict in Southeast Asia. When he returned from the Air Force, he worked in the automobile business for a total of 38 years. Bobby briefly lived in Charlottesville, VA, during that time he worked in the building business. Upon returning to Staten Island, he met the love of his life, Carol. They married and later moved to a beautiful adult community in Freehold, New Jersey where they met and became close friends with some wonderful people. Bobby often said, and truly believed, that people, especially friends, were your best asset in life. He loved being involved and was committed to doing good for others. Bobby was always active in the community where he served as Chairman of the Clubhouse Committee and later became a member of the HOA Board. He was an avid antique toy dealer and collector. Bobby and Carol enjoyed traveling, especially taking cruises to warm climates. His wife Carol said, “he loved his family and his friends with all his heart and above all, Bobby had a passion for life that was limitless”.
He was predeceased by his parents, William and Etta Jenkins; sister, Linda Jenkins; and brother, Bill Jenkins. Bobby is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Jenkins of Freehold; children, whom he loved deeply, Robert Jenkins of Bayville and Jennifer Jenkins of Bluffton, SC; and grandchildren, Emily and Brandon.
Visitation will be held at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his 9:30 AM Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Roman Catholic Church, 1634 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314. Interment will follow in St. Peters Cemetery, 52 Tyler Ave, Staten Island, NY 10310. For information, directions, or to leave condolence messages to the family, please visit www.claytonfuneralhome.com