Robert “Bob” Olkowitz, 73, of Howell, NJ passed away suddenly in his home on the evening of February 3, 2024. He was born in Elizabeth, NJ on December 21, 1950, and was a lifelong resident of New Jersey.
Bob is survived by his loving wife Mary Davis-Olkowitz, his brother Alan Olkowitz (Carol), sister Violet (Ed), children Robert (Felicia) and Joseph (Adriana), step-children Glenn (LuAnne), Taylor (John), and George (Cailin), grandchildren Robert and Kai, step-grandchild J.J., and many close friends and extended family.
Bob graduated from the Peddie High school, the University of Pennsylvania, and earned his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall. He worked as a Worker’s Comp lawyer for over four decades. Bob started his own law firm where he excelled as one of the most respected, successful, hard working lawyers in his field. He won multiple accolades and awards during his tenure, and helped countless people over the years with their cases.
Bob was an extraordinary human being. He showcased a pure type of love and affection to his family, friends, and others, that came straight from his heart. He was constantly making people laugh and looked at life with the glass half full.
As a father, he always put his children first. He was very involved in their lives by coaching their soccer, baseball, and basketball teams for many years. He took his children on wonderful vacations throughout their lives, which formed some of their best memories. His children have many other treasured memories with him like when they would have deep philosophical conversations about life while walking on the boardwalk and in the park. Bob was an inspiration; a man who made his children so proud and who will forever be their role model.
Bob married the love of his life Mary in December 2022. They shared so many laughs together, a love of sports, travel across the world experiencing all life has to offer, and being a devoted father/grandfather and mother/grandmother. They visited many football stadiums across the country, stayed in “haunted” hotels, became known for making Groundhog Day one of their favorite holidays, even seeing Punxsutawney Phil in-person, and discovered the landmark Stickett Inn in New York which they loved and visited many times.
We love you Dad; we love you Pops; we love you Bob, and thank you for everything you did for us.
All arrangements are private and under the direction of the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, Freehold Township. For information or to leave condolence messages to the family, please visit www.claytonfuneralhome.com