Robert Michael Salemi passed away on December 17, 2019 at the Wilmington Hospital just three weeks after his 91st birthday.
Bob was born in Baltimore to Biagio and Giovannina Salemi. He graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic High with highest honors. Bob attended Johns Hopkins University where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees and a PhD in chemical engineering and was a member of an academic honor society. Bob began his career with the DuPont Company in pigments at the Newport Plant where he was the assistant plant manager. He had a small park named after him on plant grounds he was instrumental in reclaiming from brown fields. Bob later transferred to Wilmington where he worked in environmental compliance. Bob retired in 1989 after 37 years with the company. He was highly respected for his no-nonsense approach and labored tirelessly to see projects to a successful completion. Bob encouraged fellow employees to reach their fullest potential.
Bob was a loyal and generous parishioner of Saint Mary Magdalen Church for over 60 years, where he raised and encouraged his family in the Catholic faith. Bob enjoyed gardening, birding, photography, but mostly family.
Bob was married to Janet Hohman Salemi who predeceased him on April 14, 2018. They were married at Little Flower Church on June 21, 1952.
Bob’s last birthday was a dream come true for him as his house was bursting at the seams with over 40 family members, all of whom had a glorious time feasting on Thanksgiving delights which ended in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Of all his accomplishments in life, family was his proudest. Bob is survived by his children, Teresa Gentry (Jack), Michael Salemi (Brenda), Marian Marro (Frank), Robert Salemi (Lori), Roseann Bromley (Don); 14 grandchildren Cana, Marissa, Larkin, Tony, Joshua, Kathryn, Zealan, Greg, Dan, Samantha, DJ, Shelby, Patrick, Noah; 7 great-grandchildren Skye, Jackson, Genevieve, Cordelia, Rosie, Riley, Nicholas.
He was predeceased by siblings Rose, Mary, Lucy, Eddie, Frank, Joe, Sam, and Vince.
A viewing will be held on Friday, December 20 from 6-8 pm at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. Another viewing will be held on Saturday, December 21 beginning at 10 am at Saint Mary Magdalen, 7 Sharpley Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803 where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11. Interment will follow at St. Joseph on Brandywine.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Bob’s name to Toys for Tots (www.toysfortots.org/donate)