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Robert J. Sykes, Sr.
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Robert J. Sykes, Sr., 85 of Lansdale, PA died on May 23, 2017. He was the loving husband of Mary H. (Hoehn) Sykes. Robert was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 11, 1931 to the late Joseph and Reba (Gray) Sykes.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Ambler, PA. He served as an Episcopalian minister for over 25 years and he was also a Registered Nurse.

He held Masters Degrees in Gerontology from The University of Pennsylvania and in Divinity from the Philadelphia Divinity School. Robert was a volunteer APPRISE counselor at the PEAK Center in Lansdale, and an advocate advisor on health insurance and income taxes for senior citizens.

In his many years of service to the community he received numerous awards and commendations including the 1999 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Citation for continuous service to Medicare beneficiaries, the 2000 PA Attorney General's Task force award for the protection of older adults, the AARP Pennsylvania Community Volunteer Award, and the 2012 Senior Corps of PA Legacy award. In 2015 he was honored with The President's Lifetime Achievement Award for those who contribute more than 4, 000 hours of service in their lifetime.

Along with his wife Mary, he is survived by his children Thomas Sykes (Diane), John Sykes (Rhonda), Stephen Sykes (Kim), Katherine McDowell, and daughter-in-law Marie Sykes, 13 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

He was pre-deceased by his siblings and his son Robert Sykes, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:00AM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 708 S. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002. A visitation will be held from 9:00– 10:00AM at church. Interment will be Private at Forest Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Robert's name can be made to Greater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services, 606 E Main St, Lansdale, PA 19446 or Trinity Episcopal Church, 708 S. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002.

Funeral Home:
Emil J. Ciavarelli Family Funeral Home - Ambler
951 E. Butler Pike
Ambler, PA
US 19002

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708 S. Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002





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Trinity Episcopal Church

708 S. Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002


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