John Robert Stephanski Jr.
May 13, 1936 - February 24, 2023
"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back May the sunshine warm your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields.."
Obituary of John Robert "Bobby" Stephanski Jr.
John Robert "Bobby" Stephanski Jr. passed away on February 24, 2023 after a long battle with dementia. Born on May 13, 1936 in Lockport NY, he was the son of J Robert Stephanski Sr and Irene Stephanski.
Bobby graduated from DeSales Catholic School, enlisted in the US Navy in 1958 and spent eight years aboard the USS Currituck where he was the chief mail clerk. He was honorably discharged in 1966, re-enlisted in the US Naval Reserves in 1967 and was honorably discharged again in 1972. His former shipmates would gather annually all over the US and Bobby was assigned the ship's historian position for several years.
He worked for the Bell System from 1966 to retirement from NYNEX in 1997. Bobby was alderman of the sixth ward in Lockport for a term. An avid railroad enthusiast, he donated a full-sized railroad caboose to the Wilson Historical Society in 1980. He loved his family and friends, the Buffalo Sabres and Bills, classical music, was a history buff and loved sitting on his porch after retirement.
Bobby was predeceased by sons, Paul Stephanski Sr; Baby Boy Stephanski; sister Joann Lee; and best friends, Thomas Sy and Richard Southard. He is survived by former wife, Mary "Moira" Stephanski; daughters Carol Ann Stephanski-Horton, Marie Elaine Stephanski and son, John Stephanski; by grandchildren Claire (Mark) Cocco, Sam (Cass) Horton, Colin, Zachary, Paul Stephanski Jr. and great-grandchildren Dominic and Raylynn. Bobby is also survived by sisters Mary Kay Davis, Dr. Margaret Argentine and brother, Charles Stephanski, several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Sunday, March 19th from 4-7PM, at the Taylor and Reynolds Funeral Home, 70 Niagara Street, Lockport NY. A mass service of Catholic burial will be celebrated on March 20 at 12 noon at All Saints R.C. Parish, 76 Church Street, Lockport and interment will be in St Patrick's Cemetery, Lockport.