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Robert A. Szyper

  • On August 5, 2019
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Robert A. Szyper, age 70 of Collier Township, passed away on August 3, 2019, 9 months after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of gastric cancer. Born November 5, 1948, he grew up in Pittsburgh. Family was extremely important to him. He hosted multigenerational gatherings up until a month before his death, when he welcomed his extended family for the Fourth of July.

A graduate of Gannon University, Bob earned his Master’s degree and school psychologist certification from Duquesne University. Bob taught English for more than 30 years at Chartiers Valley High School, including AP English, when he discovered “literature is more than just dead white guys,” an epiphany that excited him. His students enjoyed his humor and passion.

Bob was a supportive neighbor, helped organize annual reunion picnics for his high school class at St. Canice, and enjoyed regular lunches with his “old dude” friends. Alongside his wife Robie, Bob enjoyed travel, good food, and time at the Jersey shore. He enjoyed gardening, exercised daily, and was a wiz at crossword puzzles. He was quick to do a favor for a friend, eager to share a story, and generous with his time and attention.

He was a devoted putzer who (proudly) used MacGyver as a verb. He followed politics closely and lived for a good New Yorker cartoon, texting them to his daughters regularly. Bob was a devoted husband, a loyal friend, an occasional curmudgeon, an engaged father, a sharp wit, and a proud papap who endured many hours on hard benches watching his grandson play baseball.

Bob is survived by his wife Roberta (Robie); daughters, Andrea Szyper (Randy) and Lauren Szyper (Margo); grandson Robin; sisters, Beverly Tuladzieck (Steve) and Cathy Malay (Joe); nieces and nephews and their families; and several prolific tomato and cucumber plants.

Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life open house Saturday, August 10 from 1 – 4pm at the clubhouse at the Villages of Neville Park (Neville Park Blvd. in Bridgeville, PA 15017). Visitors are encouraged to bring photos and share Bob stories (2:30pm).

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Humane Society, the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317.

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7 Comments

Sue Lilly
  • Aug 5 2019
I'm so sad to hear about the loss of Mr. Szyper. He was a wonderful person, truly supportive of his daughters (and us friends). I remember when he took us for occasional rides in his convertible! (my first convertible experience!) :) He will be missed. Prayers for peace.
Jane Means
  • Aug 5 2019
So very sad to lose a St. Canice classmate. Bob was a wonderful guy who I enjoyed talking to at the occasional VFW get-togethers, and we all very much appreciated all he did to make our reunion picnic so great. You'll be missed by us all, Bob. Rest in peace with your fellow Caniceans.
Pam Welker
  • Aug 5 2019
The greater the man, the greater the loss. I’m deeply sorry for the gaping hole he has clearly left in the hearts of his family. I hope you’ll all find comfort in your shared memories of him.
Karen Mesaros
  • Aug 6 2019
Hey Robbie, My heart is heavy to learn of Bob's passing. I think about you often and in this difficult time I will keep you and all his loved ones in my prayers. Love and peace, Karen Mesaros
Marie Nolan
  • Aug 7 2019
Robie, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your children. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Noreen & Bob Bachorski
  • Aug 10 2019
Bob and I send our deepest sympathy to the Szyper family. We remember him fondly and always enjoyed his humor and great company. He will be missed by many friends and family. Dearly loved his daughters and was very involved in their lives. His grandson, Robin, was a greatjoy to him. May all the good memories be a comfort to all. RIP Bob. Prayers for him and his family.
Prue Harris
  • Aug 10 2019
Robie - So sorry to hear of your loss(Deb contacted me) and my thoughts are with you....... I am in Fort Myers,FL at Shell Point, a retirement community. Prue
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