WAKE:  WED. 12/6/17  9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

MASS:    WED. 12/6/17   11:00 AM

St. Thomas the Apostle Church

Joseph Robert “Bob” Pekar

Joseph Robert “Bob” Pekar, 81, husband of the late Elizabeth L. Pekar, passed peacefully on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Apple Rehab in West Haven with family by his side.  Born on July 24, 1936 in Bridgeport, CT to Joseph Pekar and Helen Istvan.  He was a devout Catholic, served as an altar boy at St. Emery’s Church, attended St. Stephen’s School and Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, CT.  Bob married the love of his life, Elizabeth Louise Zwart, in Stamford, and raised their five daughters in Norwalk.  He retired from SNET.  He is predeceased by his sister, Sandra Pekar Schweighoffer.


Bob is survived by his five beloved daughters; Lisa Patel of Danbury, Linda Smith of Cheshire, Lizzie Scott of Norwalk, Debbie Saballos of Hamden, and Cathy Grammatico of West Haven.  He was a doting grandfather of ten, uncle to many nieces and nephews, and had acquired a vast amount of very dear friends.  Bob had an outgoing personality that would combine with his desire to brighten everyone’s day and leave an impression on all that he met.  He especially enjoyed driving people around and running errands for loved ones.  He was a very spiritual and loving father who will be truly missed.


Relatives and friends are invited to join the family on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.  The calling hours will be 9:00am – 10:30am at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, East Norwalk, CT.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am – 12:00pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, East Norwalk, CT.  Interment will be at St. John Cemetery following the Mass.  To leave a condolence please visit www.collinsfh.com


  1. Lisa and family,
    So sorry to hear about your dad. I worked with Bob at SNET in 1984 when I first started the company. He was
    very nice and always had a great smile, very upbeat. He will be missed. Take care. May he Rest In Peace!
    Cheryl Byrne

    December 4, 2017
    Cheryl Byrne -
  • To the family of Bob Pekar: We wanted to reach out to express our sympathy and to fondly remember Bob and his sister Sandra and parents Helen & Joe. Our family enjoyed many happy times with the Pekars after our Dad, Nick Drabb became friends with Joe many years ago, and our Mom, Mary shared many a laugh with Helen. We were blessed to know such a wonderful, loving family and saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. Rest in peace.
    Sandra Drabb Masikiewicz, Irene Drabb Forizs, Marianne Drabb Hendren

    December 5, 2017
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  • It’s not “a beautiful, sun-shiny day in May” for us who he leaves behind, but we can be sure that he and Betty-Lou are dancing, laughing, and looking down on their magnificent legacy — amazing daughters, sons-in-law, and grandkids — with pure joy in their hearts. Few men and women achieve what Uncle Bob and Aunt Betty-Lou did. Their love was contagious, and they touched the hearts of all of us in profound ways.

    December 5, 2017
    fulton -
  • To Linda and Family,
    We are very sad for loss of your father, may our prayers guide his soul to our Heavenly Father. We hope that care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead.
    Please accept our sincere condolences.

    December 5, 2017
    The Nawrocki Family -
  • I’m so sorry for your whole family, Deb. You are all in my thoughts.

    December 5, 2017
    Stella -
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