"Robert Diaz-Hernandez, known as Mr. "D" and Bobby to neighbors and friends, went on to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 26, 2021 at the age of 69. He passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his closest loved ones. Robert was a devoted man of God, a loving husband, involved father and a reliable friend. His life was adorned with exquisite experiences, fulfilling relationships and he left an impact upon every person he encountered.
Robert was one of ten children born to Maximino Diaz and Juana Hernandez in Hammonton, New Jersey. He enjoyed a number of interests and activities in his youth including playing basketball with friends, competing with his brother in cross country and participating in a bowling league with his high school sweetheart, who would become his wife of 45 years. Robert also found pleasure in all things automotive and electrical. He frequently reminisced on the beloved mustang he drove in high school, recalling how he'd play tunes from Anita Baker as he tinkered on his, a friend's or neighbor's car. Additionally, he spent meaningful time repairing lawnmowers and performing impeccable maintenance for the electrical needs of his and his daughter's homes, the homes of friends and anyone in need of an expert mind. Furthermore he loved traveling the country with his family on camping trips, enjoyed fishing in his backyard, and hiking through trails with his grandsons.
Robert dedicated almost 30 years as an electrician to the Atlantic City Electric Company in New Jersey, retiring in 2007. During his time with the company, Robert was undeniably revered amongst his coworkers as an impressionable mentor, meticulous supervisor and loyal friend.
In addition to his service to the electric company, Robert honorably served in the United States Army in the 1970's where he honed his skills as a vehicle mechanic and received multiple awards, most notably in marksmanship. His service to his country was one of his most valued achievements and professional endeavors. In early 2020, in what seemed like moments before a global pandemic, he was able to visit his former base in Bamberg, Germany. His daughter, son-in-law and three grandsons were able to accompany him on a most nostalgic experience of a memorable time in his life.
Robert volunteered countless hours to various service organizations over the course of his life. Robert invested a number of years to serving at the American Legion Post 81 in Pleasantville, New Jersey and Post 14 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He also performed various tasks needed for the upkeep and beautification of his community. He belonged to Word of God Ministry in Shreveport and faithfully attended services both online and in person despite the challenges that tried to impede his attendance.
Robert is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mildred; his eldest daughters, Christina Taylor and her husband, William and Nina Bowser and husband, Wayne; grandchildren, Abram, Liam, Yohannes and Eliana; brothers, Francisco (Paco) Diaz-Hernandez and wife, Carol, Luis Diaz-Hernandez and wife, Iris and Extor Diaz-Hernandez and wife, Lydia, and over 70 nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and cousins, many of whom he shared special bonds and memories with.
Memorial services are planned in the spring when family and friends will gather to celebrate his life, memory and relationships.
Those who wish to offer support are welcome to do so via Gofundme at Robert Diaz-Hernandez Memorial Fund (https://gofund.me/4b33b438 ) where a percentage of contributions will go towards a scholarship fund in Robert's honor to graduating students of his Alma Mater, Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, New Jersey.