portrait picture for Robert Joseph Yates

Visitation: Friends may call Friday August 3rd from 12:00 to 1:00 PM at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. A service will be held in the funeral home at 1:00 PM. Burial: Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Donations: Donations in his name may be made to:  Westchester Exceptional Children’s School, 520 New York 22, North Salem, NY 10560 or by calling (914) 277-5533.

Robert Joseph Yates


January 9th, 1994 - July 30th, 2012

Robert Joseph Yates, 18, of Pound Ridge, New York passed away at his home on July 30th, 2012.  Born January 9th, 1994, Robert was the son of Jim and Jean Yates.

Robert attended Mt. Kisco Elementary School, Fox Lane Middle School and Fox Lane High School, and loved playing with his brothers and on his computer.  Robert was an exceptionally gifted child who was known for his loving nature and his ability to bring a smile to the face of anyone he came in touch with.

Robert is survived by his parents, Jean and Jim Yates, of Pound Ridge.  He is also survived by his brothers Ian, Dylan, Jim, and Sandy, his sisters Emily and Abby, and his nephews Sam, Robby, and Matthew.

Friends may call Friday August 3rd from 12:00 to 1:00 PM at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. A service will be held in the funeral home at 1:00 PM.    Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT.

Donations in his name may be made to:  Westchester Exceptional Children’s School, 520 New York 22, North Salem, NY 10560 or by calling (914) 277-5533.

  1. It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to meet this lovely young man. Our community feels your pain and we wish your family peace.

    August 2, 2012
    Lisa Colin -
  • Robert was a joy to have in East House at FLMS…a gentle soul. May he rest peacefully in the arms of the angels.

    August 2, 2012
    Dianna Indorf -
  • I wish you eternal joy, young man. Your big, warm smile makes me recall the old blessing:
    Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there… I do not sleep.
    I am the thousand winds that blow… I am the diamond glints on snow…
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain… I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you waken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of gentle birds in circling flight… I am the soft star that shines at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry— I am not there… I did not die…

    August 2, 2012
    Wm Martin -
  • Robert’s grandparents would like what Wm.Martin wrote here; they loved nature and those words are a lovely comfort to the family. Robert was a great big handsome, curly headed red-head, with the sweetest smile. It is a great loss for his family, but he had the happiest life, he was so deeply loved. God Bless, and love from all our family always, Aunt Alice

    August 2, 2012
    Alice Wainwright -
  • My condolences. I cannot imagine the sorrow that is felt with a lost loved one. I pray for peace to you and your family.

    August 3, 2012
    Kim Block -
  • Dearest Jeannie and Family,
    His smile says it all. You look at his picture and have to smile back. We are so sorry, so very sorry, and send deepest sympathy. The greatest consolation must be the happiness that still radiates from that smile.
    Love from Vicky and John Perkins

    August 3, 2012
    Victoria Shorr -
  • Dear Jean, Jim, Ian and Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Robert. He was and still is an amazing light in this world. I look at his picture and see him still shining and he will be a light in your hearts and the hearts of many others forever.
    Even though I never met Robert, I loved hearing him talk about countries over the phone and specific video manuals too. His spirit could reach across an entire country and make me smile. I’m sure he made many people smile.
    God bless you, Robert, and your amazing, wonderful and loving family too. Peace be with you.
    Much love,
    Elizabeth and Scott

    August 3, 2012
    Elizabeth King and Scott Felsher -
  • Dear Jean and Jim,
    I’m truly sorry you two have to endure this pain and sorrow. Robert will live in your memories, and in all those who knew him. The best of him stays with you forever. Remembering his smile and kindness, the little things and happenings which brought joy to your lives will make you smile one day again. My deepest sympathy to all family and friends who loved Robert.
    Love and Hugs,
    Rose

    August 3, 2012
    Rose Mottl -
  • To Our Dear Friends, Jean and Jim,
    You gave Robert what few parents ever give their children: love without strings, without expectations, without judgment. It was a beautiful gift that allowed Robert to live his too short life feeling treasured and secure. We only hope this consoles you in these very sad days. May your sweet boy rest in peace. Our deepest sympathies and love to you and your family.
    Love,
    John and Patti Dauer

    August 3, 2012
    Patti Dauer -
  • Dear Jean ,Jim and family ,
    Please accept my deepest condolences as I too am so very sorry for the passing of your beautiful boy Robert .
    My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    I have wrote a pome for your beautiful boy Robert .
    It is called Go fly beautiful butterfly

    Go fly beautiful butterfly ,Go fly
    Spread your wings and fly to all those wonderful places
    You have dreamt of seeing .
    As you are now free to see all of the wonderful things .
    Go fly beautiful butterfly go fly
    You will always and for ever hold a very special place with in your mum and dad, brothers
    and family’s and those who loved you deerly hearts
    . Give them the strength & courage that they may need to walk on in there jourany .
    May you rest in peace in the arms of the angels sweet Robert .

    I send you all heartfelt sympathies ,please know you are all in our thoughts .
    Love and hugs emma

    August 3, 2012
    Emma Case -
  • Jean — my heart goes out to you. I have no words of wisdom, because I know words don’t always cut it. But I know you know I love you, and I’m here for you.

    August 3, 2012
    Lori Anderson -
  • I only “know ” you from the beading communtiy but my heart goes out to you. So sorry to hear of your loss and prayers for you and your family.

    August 3, 2012
    Patty Gasparino -
  • Jean and family – my heart broke when I read of your news. The loss of a child is the deepest. My sincerest and deepest condolonces are with you and your family during this trying time. May the love and memories of your miracle -your child – sustain you – he is now your Guardian Angel – forever.

    August 3, 2012
    Patti Vanderbloemen -
  • I am so sorry for your loss. As a mother who lost her daughter 2 1/2 years ago, I can honestly understand your feelings of loss. There is nothing that compares to this heartache. I am deeply sorry that you have to endure this pain. Many blessings to you and your family.
    Cheri Reed
    Creative Designs by Cheri

    August 3, 2012
    Cheri Reed -
  • Jean and family,
    I wish I had something wise, something profound, to say, but alas I do not. All I can say is that I have grown to love you, Jean, very dearly and that you and your family have my sincere condolences. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, and I am sending my love. I am certain that Robert is at peace, because has been so well loved by his family and friends. He will be in your hearts always.

    August 3, 2012
    Jennifer Justman -
  • So sorry to hear of your loss Jean. You have my sincere condolences. I never know what to say at these times but just know that you are in my thoughts. Take care in this difficult time.

    August 3, 2012
    Marsha Hedrick -
  • I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I am thinking about you guys and wishing you the best in the future. All of my love.

    August 3, 2012
    John Dauer III -
  • I was so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    August 3, 2012
    Amy Freeland -
  • Dear Jean,
    So, so sorry for your loss. I pray your heart heals soon beading “sister”.

    August 3, 2012
    Nancy Saccoccio -
  • Dear Jean,

    You have my deepest sympathy. He looks like he must have been a wonderful boy. I will pray for you all.

    August 3, 2012
    Shannon Hicks -
  • Jean and family,

    So very sorry for your loss. Although I only know you though our blogs, I feel as though we are friends and my heart absolutely breaks for you. May you find comfort … somewhere.

    August 3, 2012
    Sandi Lee James -
  • Jean, although I only know you online, I am so very sorry for your loss. There are probably no words from a virtual stranger that will comfort you now. But please know that the things you write have helped me at times, so I am mentally turning all of those uplifting and comforting thoughts around and back to you. It isn’t much, but please know there are many, many people doing it – hopefully it will add up, and bring you some comfort.

    August 3, 2012
    Perri Jackson -
  • Jean, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts. May you find the strength you need at such a difficult time and know that you are surrounded by people who love and care about you.

    August 3, 2012
    Kathleen Lange Klik -
  • Jean,

    I am very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts during this time of need. May your wonderful memories of your son bring you happiness in the days to come.

    August 3, 2012
    Shai Williams -
  • Mr and Mrs Yates, I was so sorry to hear the news of Robert’s passing. What a beautiful photograph of him — he looks so happy. He was lucky to have such devoted, loving parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Pajton

    August 3, 2012
    Pajton Dauer -
  • Dear Jean and family,
    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your lovely son. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope and pray that you will find the peace and strength to help you through this. Robert is now watching over you and your family.

    August 3, 2012
    Mischelle Fanucchi -
  • Dear Jean and family,
    I don’t know you personally, but as a mother myself, my heart and goes out to you and your family. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Your from my home town, and if I was still there I would give you a hug in person. Your son is so beautiful and full of light. I pray your heart is filled with his presence and love always, and in your darkest of moments, may His love shine strong to give you strength and peace.

    August 3, 2012
    Deborah Lee Taylor -
  • dear jean and family…
    i heard of your loss on FB through a friend of yours…you are in my thoughts and prayers…i wish you strength and love throughout your days…

    August 3, 2012
    eileen -
  • I am so very sorry to hear of you and your family’s terrible loss. While I don’t know you or your son personally, my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you all in this very difficult time. From the obituary and picture, I can tell that your son was a wonderful spirit and he will surely be missed.

    August 3, 2012
    Kayla Potega -
  • So very sad when I heard about the loss of your son. Jerry adored his nieces and nephews …much love and peaceful thoughts for you and your family.
    Trilby Yates

    August 3, 2012
    Trilby Yates -
  • Jean,
    I didn’t know your sweet son, but I am sure he was a bright star.

    August 3, 2012
    cynthia -
  • Jean and Family,
    I only know you online through your blog Jean, but wanted to tell you how deeply sorry I am for your loss. A beautiful soul is never forgotten. May you find comfort in the words and actions of your family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    August 3, 2012
    Michelle Buettner -
  • I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy. Please know my prayers are with you and your family.

    August 3, 2012
    Angie -
  • Jean and Family, I am so sorry for your loss.

    August 4, 2012
    Terry Matuszyk -
  • Jean I am so very sorry to hear about your son. Three weeks ago, I lost my wonderful son in law and you were one who visited my blog and left this comforting message: ” I am sending hugs to you and your daughter and lots of light and
    healing hugs. ” Well now it is time for me to send it back to you. Please know how much those messages meant to me and gave me strength. Cherish each one and let them lift you up in this time of need. Let them give you strength to help you in the coming weeks. I am sending you back the hugs and healing light in hopes that you can forward it to someone else in need.

    August 4, 2012
    Katherine Gale -
  • Much love to you and family dear Jean, your love for Robert is so apparent, and I’m sure such a huge gift in his life. I am so sorry that he is gone from your life….but so glad that he had you and you had him.

    August 4, 2012
    Marcia decoster -
  • ✿ ƸӜƷ ●✿● ƸӜƷ ✿Dear Jean~
    For awhile now I have been reading your blog.
    Reading your words about your son made me feel like I know him- and now know you better.
    May love and light surround you and Robert and the rest of those who mourn the loss of such a spirit.
    PB Ray

    August 4, 2012
    PB Ray -
  • Jean, I am so sorry! I know Robert was very special because of how pure his connection was to God and unconditional love. I hope your sorrow heals swiftly and only the sweet memories of his love for you fills your heart and thoughts! All my love, patsy

    August 4, 2012
    Patsy Evins -
  • Jean, I’m so terribly sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts are with you all. I remember you always talking about this beautiful boy.

    Simon

    August 4, 2012
    Simon Imagin -
  • I’m sorry to hear about your son Jean.
    May your family have faith to go through with this moment.

    August 4, 2012
    LiliKrist -
  • Dear Jean, it is hard at first when you cannot hug, smile and laugh in person.It gets a little less hard over time. The best way to help is to just BE and allow you to feel. Hug those who are with you, laugh and smile as much as you can and know that your lad is smiling with you and is still in your heart.
    Love and hugs Tanya

    August 4, 2012
    Tanya -
  • God sent me down to be with you,
    to make your loving heart anew.
    To help you look up and see
    Both God and little me.

    Mommy, I wish I could stay.
    Just like I heard you pray.
    But, all the angels did cry
    when they told little me goodbye.

    God didn’t take me cause He’s mad.
    He didn’t send me to make you sad.
    But to give us both a chance to be
    a love so precious .. don’t you see?

    Up here no trouble do I see
    and the pretty angels sing to me.
    The streets of gold is where I play
    you’ll come here too, mommy, someday.

    Until the day you join me here,
    I’ll love you mommy, dear.
    Each breeze you feel and see,
    brings love and a kiss from me.

    So sorry to hear of your loss Jean, I know words are not always complete comfort. However, the prayers to God will be sent by many. HUGS

    August 4, 2012
    Cindy Wimmer Muse -
  • The WEC family will always be there for you.

    August 4, 2012
    Leah -
  • Robert,

    You had the most beautiful service I have ever been to and it was a privilege being in the presence of so much love. I adore your family and am so very happy you had such a wonderful life.

    August 4, 2012
    Nancy - WEC School -
  • I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Robert and see him progress over the years. His smile is something that I will never forget. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy

    August 6, 2012
    Michele Zaino -
  • Jean,
    Like many of the other commenters I’m from the bead community and have followed your blog for years. I’ve been out of town and just recently learned of your loss. I am so very sorry for you and your family. I know that the nothing will ever fill the hole that this has left in your lives, but I want you to know that I’m sending healing thoughts and many prayers your way in hopes that your pain will be lessened.

    August 6, 2012
    Hope Smitherman -
  • I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    August 8, 2012
    Rachel McCallister -
  • Oh Jean…I am so sorry to . My heart goes out to you and your family.
    xo
    Laurie

    August 14, 2012
    Laurie -
  • As one of your mom’s oldest friends in Pound Ridge and a close neighbor, I am sorry, Robert, that I didn’t know you. No doubt, your beautiful soul and spirit will live on forever in the hearts of those who did. Jill and Ken Iscol

    August 17, 2012
    Jill Iscol -
  • My dear Jean, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Robert, your precious son. No words can erase your sorrow but you and your family are in my thoughts. This makes me think of you, you will know why. “If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” -Kahlil Gibran Peace & love, my dear friend.

    August 18, 2012
    Peggy Stewart -
  • Jean, I am praying for you and your family at this time. I was moved be your tribute to Robert, and I am so very sorry for your loss.

    August 20, 2012
    Erin Fickert-Rowland -
  • Robert was like my big brother. He was my gentle giant and made my life shine so much brighter 🙂 through his passing I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to become super close with the whole Yates family and now feel a part of it. No matter what challenges I had to face, I always made sure I was there for Robert and his classmates. His smile is heart warming and unforgettable and ill never forget when he told me he loved me, or when we ran around holding hands together in the gym after school. He will forever be my motivation. RIP my guardian angel, I love you.

    April 6, 2013
    Meave McCollum -
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