WESTFIELD – Robert T. Dejkus, 80, (1938-2019) passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, August 8, 2019. He was born in Westfield to the late Theofil and Clara (Cartello) Dejkus. Bob was a proud and dedicated Firefighter for the City of Westfield for 18 years, before retiring. He belonged to the Western Mass Dog Club, for 45 years he belonged to the Racing Pigeon Club of New England, a hobby he adored and traveled with friends for his birds. He loved the sport of racing pigeons and the social part of it all, having met so many friends through the years. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and enjoyed the outdoor life to the fullest. For many years, he raised German Shorthaired Pointers, adoring these dogs and the last one passed 4 years ago. Bob was a substitute teacher at the Vocational School in Westfield, he loved working with the students there before he married the love of his life, Elizabeth. They traveled to Italy to see his mother’s heritage, and made many adventures abroad and Hawaii as well as the islands with close friends. Bob was always ready for an adventure no matter where it was, he was a wonderful man with great spirit for life and the great outdoors. For 21 years, Robert and Elizabeth were inseparable. He adored his grandchildren, who would ride the tractor, go fishing, or just take a walk in the woods and all the outdoor adventures with Grandpa Bob who they so enjoyed. Navigating into the woods and identifying tracks and trees that were rubbed off by the deer. They enjoyed many times with grandpa and will be sadly missed.
Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 20 years, Elizabeth J. (Edwards) Dejkus, his loving daughters, Cheryl Wyler of Rhode Island, Kim Havraneck of Long Island, NY and Jennifer Dejkus of Agawam, step daughter Lisa Christman of East Haven, CT, his sister Joanne Czach of West Springfield and his six cherished grandchildren. Bob’s funeral will be held on Monday, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11AM in Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 127 Holyoke Rd. Westfield followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Southampton Rd. Westfield. www.firtionadams.com