Wisdom of the Ages: Robert “Bob” Makowski

As a young man, Bob planned to be a teacher, but was drafted after completing his first year of college. He spent the next three years in the Army. Bob started in Africa, transferred to Sicily, and then went to England to train for the Invasion of Normandy. His company was part of the fourth wave on D-Day. Thank you, Bob, for serving the United States during WWII.

Do you have a cheerful memory or story you’d like to share?
As a boy, Bob fondly remembers buying a Sears, Roebuck & Co. bicycle. More recently, Bob sold his home to a couple with a young daughter. “When people sold their homes years ago, the seller and the buyer often met on a number of occasions,” he said. “Today, the entire transaction happens through a realtor.” After the family that purchased Bob’s home received his mail, they brought a handful of letters to him at Villa St. Francis. That’s when the family finally met Bob, and they’ve been visiting him ever since!

What would you consider to be your greatest life accomplishment?
“Since I can remember, my father worked in the meat business, as a butcher and as a meat supervisor,” Bob said. “My biggest accomplishment was having the opportunity to work with him.” He was the oldest of five children, and when his father passed away at the age of 49, Bob carried on the family tradition of working in the meat business.

How would you suggest a person live a happy life?
“Faith has brought me a long way,” Bob said. A lifelong member of Knights of Columbus, religion has always been important to him.

Is there anything that you’ve always wanted to try?
“I would like to learn how to play the piano,” Bob said. Maybe we’ll start teaching lessons in the Villa St. Francis Garden Room!