Robert Lake Metzger, Navy Veteran


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Mr. Robert (Bob) Lake Metzger, age 81, passed away at his Verona home on Friday, September 20, 2019. A proud U.S. Navy Veteran, Bob specialized in electronics engineering, employed by Tung-Sol Electric, Foster Wheeler, Verona Getty, and Sun Chemical.

Bob was born in Philadelphia to Reinhardt Voorhees Metzger and Agnes Kearney Lake and was raised in North Caldwell, attended Grover Cleveland High School and majored in Physics at Gettysburg College. A proud volunteer with the West Essex Rescue Squad, Bob later raised his three daughters and resided with his wife in Verona for over 40 years.

Bob was best known for his friendly manner, sense of humor, genuine interest in people, eagerness to help anyone in need, and mostly, love and pride for his family. He lived to take care of his wife and daughters, grabbed every opportunity to spend time with his beloved grandchildren, and loved socializing with and helping his co-workers and neighbors. A mechanical genius and astronomy enthusiast, he also loved exploring and discussing anything related to science or U.S. history and ran in several major marathons.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Judith Marton Metzger; his loving children Fay Smith (Sean), Kathy Davis (George), Deborah Mulvey (Jim); and his adoring grandchildren, Samantha, Christina, James, and Hayley; as well as his brother Frank Metzger of Illinois. He was predeceased by his sisters, Anne and Carol.

A memorial service will be held at the Ippolito-Dancy Memorial Home in Caldwell on Thursday, October 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church on Friday, October 11, at 10 a.m., followed by interment at Gates of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.

Condolences may be sent to Ippolito-Dancy Memorial Home in Caldwell. In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully accepted by the West Essex Rescue Squad.

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