Robert J. Kacmarcik, Sr.

May 13, 1943 - December 28, 2019

On Saturday, December 28, 2019, Robert J. Kacmarcik, Sr. of Newark and North Indian Beach DE passed away peacefully at home.

Born in Lowell Massachusetts, he was the youngest son of the late William and Sophie Kacmarcik.

Bob graduated from Salesianum High School in 1960, entered the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged.   Following the Marine Corps, he attended the University of Delaware graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business in 1969 and earned his MBA in 1971.  Bob enjoyed a long career with DuPont where he worked in several business areas including fibers and fluorochemicals and was able to travel the world with his colleagues.  After retiring Bob co-founded his own company, and was thrilled when his youngest daughter Anne joined him, helping bring the company into the 21st century.

Bob enjoyed building cars, many home projects and watching his grandchildren grow from birth to Graduate School.  He was passionate about his annual hunting trip to Anticosti Island in Canada and taking the family on countless wonderful trips to Disney World.  Bob was past president of Maple Valley Swim Club, Chapel Hill-West Meadow Civic Association and North Indian Beach Civic Association. For the past 31 years he enjoyed spending time at the family beach homes constantly tinkering there for his expanding family. He and Barbara lovingly worked together to leave a legacy of heart and home in North Indian Beach.

Bob found his greatest joy in his grandchildren. He spent many hours following their successes and passing on nuggets of wisdom to each of them not the least of which was his motto: Work Hard, Play Hard.  His pride in each of his grandchildren cannot be measured and was a gift Bob treasured daily.

Bob was predeceased by his brother, William F. Kacmarcik. He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 56 years; his children, Michele Savin (Frank), Dr. Robert Kacmarcik, Jr. (Kerri) and Anne Johnson (Ric). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kymber and Gregory Savin;  Andrew, Claudia and Ethan Kacmarcik, and Catherine and Matthew Johnson.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00pm until 6:00 pm on Friday, January 3rd at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10:00am on Saturday, January 4th at St. Mary the Assumption R.C. Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE.    Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.    The family requests NO Flowers please. 

Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to Meals on Wheels, c/o Newark Senior Center, 200 Whitechapel Drive, Newark, DE 19713 or The Ronald McDonald House, 1901 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.


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32 Condolences for Robert J. Kacmarcik, Sr.

  • God speed Mr Kaz. May you rest in peace. Many of us will keep the fond memories of the pool and sledding down Decker that we have with you close. I have many memories of boating, waterparks, living large and having a ball in Disney on our multi family vacations. Mrs Kaz and family, we hold you in our thoughts and prayers. May you all find comfort in the memories he leaves behind with many.

  • Barbara and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is especially hard at this time of year! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Barbara and family, I am saddened to hear of the loss of Bob. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all.

  • Barb, I’m sure Bob is in a better place now and no more suffering. You have many memories with a great husband,father and grandfather. You also have a big family to give you support in the years to come. Love, Gerry& Jerry.

  • My sincere condolences and sending prayers to Mr. Kacmarcik’s family and friends. May God comfort you during this very sad time. Thank God for our hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ and knowing that you will be reunited again with your loved one in heaven.
    Maureen Kane

  • Dear Barbara, Michele, Robert and Anne,
    I am so sad to hear the news of Bob’s passing. The visit this summer was planned so well , it was wonderful to have that last visit with Bob.
    Thank you for all the gatherings that I have attended over the years. Bob was always so welcoming to me and Bernie as well as all of you.
    I love you guys

  • Our deepest condolences, Bob was great guy and hard worker. I know his family will miss his support and guidance. May he rest in peace.

  • Words cannot express all our feelings. After 44 years of a wonderful friendship to the point that we consider each other family, there are so many wonderful , beautiful, sad and funny memories that are in our hearts and will remain in our hearts. Bob will never be gone from our memories. Love and hugs!

  • So sorry to hear of Bobs passing. My Dad and I had great times with Bob Bill Bruce and all the boys on our hunting trips to Anticosti. I’ll never forget the animal chewing through the walls in the middle of the night then finding out it was Bob grinding his teeth. My condolences to all. Your in our prayers.

  • I had the great pleasure to work with Bob at DuPont during his stint with then CR&D. He was a mentor and supporter. He approached his work with professionalism and good humor. My sincerest condolences to all of his family.

  • To dear Barbara and family, I send my deepest sympathies to all. I will always remember Bob and the times in Windy Hills. My thoughts are with all of you.

  • So very sorry for your loss. Loved his smile and his twinkle in his eye. Cherish all your memories. Celebrate his life well lived! Love to all. Trevor, Beth, Brooks, Ryne and Gehrig

  • Barbara, children & grandchildren, you were truly blessed to have had Bob for 76 wonderful years as such a loving & supportive head of your family. We send our love to each of you.

  • Worked with Bob at DuPont in Brandywine Building. Rest In Peace! 🙏🙏

  • Dearest Barbara and Family,
    Our hearts are broken that such a gentle and loving man has been taken from all of us. We have been and will continue to send prayers. He left an indelible mark for his decency and love for you, your children and grandchildren. Anyone who knew him was better for the experience. We along with countless others loved him.
    Our love and prayers,
    Maggi and John

  • Our thoughts of deepest sympathy go to the Kacmarcik family.
    Gary abd Roberta Gredell

  • Kacmarcik Family – I am very saddened to see Bob’s face in today’s obits. He and my husband, Herb, were in the same Sallies graduating class and our children attended Holy Angels and St Mark’s together. Bob was a good man and May he Rest In Peace.
    Ginny Craig ( mother of Lisa, Renee and Christopher)

  • Dear Barbara and family, we remember so well all the fun times we spent in your and Bob’s company. We both admired Bob’s devotion to you and his children and how hard he worked to attend school, work a full time job and still be a great father and husband. He was inspirational and we send our deepest sympathy to all. With love, Susan and Brian Lucey

  • Many fond memories of times spent together. May you rest in peace and may your family find peace in all their loving memories they share.

  • We will remember our good times with your family at Maple Valley and Chapel Hill.

  • Our sincere sympathy to the Kacmarcik Family at this special time. May Mr. Kacmarcik rest in peace.

  • So sorry to read about Bob’s passing. Barbara and I worked together at Louviers for many years, and our lives seemed to parallel each other in many ways also. My condolences to Barbara and her family.

  • Michele – this is Kathy Phillips – Rob’s sister. I am so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I am away and unable to attend the services, but know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I am so sorry to hear of this. Bob and I have fond memories of the times and parties we shared with you. RIP, Bob

  • Barbara and family, Deirdre and I are so sorry for your loss. We’ll miss Bob, seeing him puttering around outside the beach house , and driving around town for enjoyment. He and I frequently discussed a number of North Indian Beach issues over the past several months and met on several occasions to resolve some issues. It won’t be the same without him.
    Requies Cant In Pache!

    Larry and Deirdre

  • Barbara and family,
    I am saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. May the love he had for you and your family bring you comfort and fond memories of the wonderful life you shared.
    God Bless,

  • We lost a wonderful friend who we will miss deeply. With much love to his family .
    Gay & Ed

  • What a wonderful man! There are no words that could possibly take away the sorrow you all are feeling right now. He will truly be missed by so many but he will never be forgotten. Keeping the Kaz family and friends in my prayers during this very difficult time.

  • Bob had a true love for family. His faith was enormous and he has passed many of those strengths to his children and grandchildren. There is no doubt he will be missed. However his strong moral, faithful and honest guidance will support his wife, children and grandchildren for the rest of their lives.

  • Very sorry about your loss. Thinking of all of you!
    Georgette and Ian

  • To the Kacmarcik Family, My deepest sympathies. Kaz was a great friend. Knowing first through the Hot Rod community and his support through the years of starting and running our business. Always gave great advise. I enjoy long conversations we had about life in general. He will be greatly missed.

  • Oh my, just found out about Bob’s passing. So saddened by this. We know it’s belated but want to express our deepest regrets. Deepest Sympathy, Mary Jane and Jim Papas🙏❤️