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Robert J. "Bob" Maciaszek

February 27, 1949 - October 13, 2020

Robert J. Maciaszek (Just Bob) of Barrington previously Des Plaines and Chicago. He was the dearest husband of 50 yrs to Mary (O’Malley), proud and loving father of Kevin (Aneil) and Kelly (Jon), fun and hands on papa to his cherished grandboys Brady, Gavin and Cal. Bob is also survived by his honorary bro Joe Simini…read more

Robert J. Maciaszek (Just Bob) of Barrington previously Des Plaines and Chicago. He was the dearest husband of 50 yrs to Mary (O’Malley), proud and loving father of Kevin (Aneil) and Kelly (Jon), fun and hands on papa to his cherished grandboys Brady, Gavin and Cal. Bob is also survived by his honorary bro Joe Siminic, many loved brother in-laws, sister in-laws, nieces, nephews, and supportive friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Stan and Fran, and his brothers Frank (Mary) and Ron.

From Humbolt Park roots at St Helen’s, he was a graduate of Weber HS and DePaul University. With an outstanding work ethic, Bob started his first job at the age of ten stocking shelves and bagging groceries at the corner store. On weekends he also earned money washing cars for neighbors. He often relayed how at this time he opened his first bank account where “my mom showed me how to deposit my pay but never taught me how to withdraw money.” He later joined his uncle and brother in the building trades becoming a longtime member of Pipefitter’s Local 597. Bob worked at a number of HVAC shops and was eventually retired as the Master Mechanic ll from MWRDGC after advancing through the ranks in various positions in that organization.

 

He loved spending time with family and friends whom he kept entertained with his quick wit and refreshing sense of humor. He loved the “Boy’s Breakfast Club” mornings. He maintained his sharp mind and uncanny memory till the end. He genuinely cared about people and always offered a helping hand. He was generous with his time and talent and never looked back for accolades or repayment. Always challenging himself to try something new, he took continuing education classes as an adult in photography, swimming and yes, piano lessons. He took great pride in his time spent as a coach or as a spectator in the many sports his children participated in. He showed that same enthusiasm traveling extensively to watch whatever team his grandsons were playing on. Through the years, Bob stayed active participating in his racketball league and in his passion playing golf. He loved the comradarie spent at the numerous courses he played and especially his winter rounds in FL at HPGCC. More recently, he also enjoyed his time spent in the gym developing some pretty good moves at Rock Steady Boxing classes. There wasn’t a home construction job that Bob didn’t tackle with much skill and focused perfection and he leaves behind many beautiful projects that he took pride in completing. He was on the Board of Directors of his neighborhood HOA where he was proud to serve his neighbors, and was very pleased to play a role in a number of community improvements the board accomplished during the time he served.

 

Employees who worked with Bob have said “he was tough but he was fair.” “He never expected us to do something that he hadn’t or wouldn’t do himself.” “His office door was open to us when we needed to be heard but also when HE needed us to hear him!” They also had a friend in Bob when he was at the negotiation table, where he never forgot who deserved credit and compensation. And when life threw MSA at him, he fought this beast with the same courage and faith that he had relied on his entire life. His strength was an inspiration to all who witnessed it. Thank you for all of the support, especially from the family and friends who stood by his side when it was painful for you to do so. He never forgot that love. Until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hands.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

Visitation Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 2-7 PM at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E. Northwest Hwy., Palatine. Family and friends will meet Monday, October 19, 2020 at St. Anne Church, 120 N. Ela Street, Barrington for visitation from 9 AM until time of Funeral Mass at 10 AM. Interment will be private.

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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Smith-Corcoran Palatine Funeral Home

185 E. Northwest Hwy
Palatine, IL 60067

Due to the current pandemic, the funeral home will be limited to 50 guests at a time. 


Date: Monday, October 19, 2020

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

St. Anne Church

120 Ela St
Barrington, IL 60010

Service Information

Date: Monday, October 19, 2020

Time: 10:00 am

St. Anne Church

120 Ela St
Barrington, IL 60010

Memorial Information

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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