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Robert Walter Lee, 52, of Salisbury, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, December 25, 2021 at Novant Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House with his sister, Jeannie and three angels of mercy by his side.
He was born in Manhattan, NY on October 14, 1969 to the late Robert and Florence Bukowiecki, and lived most of his life in the Bronx and upstate NY before moving to Salisbury in October 2009.
His fondness for cheeseburger meals from McDonald’s, Pepsi soda and chocolate candy bars were legendary, as well as his strong work ethic.
Robert enjoyed sports and wrestling, but was a diehard New York Yankees fan. He was also an avid Batman collector, thus his co-workers at Lowe’s nicknaming him “Batman”, his favorite superhero.
Robert’s greatest passion though, was unloading trucks (especially if they were big) and he just loved hiding his favorite pallet jack from everyone at work. His sister, Jeannie, bets that he’s already claimed a new one in heaven!
Before coming to work for the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Salisbury in October 2017, Robert also attended and graduated from the program S.O.A.R. at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College from May 2014 until May 2018.
S.O.A.R. stands for Skills, Opportunity, Awareness, and Readiness and is a community college program designed specifically for adults with intellectual disabilities. It was this program that led Robert to find employment with Lowe’s, where we worked up until his esophageal cancer diagnosis in November 2021.
Before that, he worked for The Gap Distribution Center and Walmart in Fishkill, NY for over seven years combined. He worked an additional three years for Walmart in Salisbury.
Robert is survived by his sisters, Jeannie Roberts of Salisbury, Helen Rivera (James) of Kendall Park, NJ and Joan Llenin (Manny) of Suffern, NY; several niece and nephews.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held for Robert on February 3, 2022 at 11am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 375 Lumen Christi Lane, Salisbury, NC 28147, with internment following immediately afterwards, with Father John Eckert officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury, NC 28144. This is where Robert came to love and appreciate all of the wonderful people who took such good care of him and his sister, Jeannie, and they both felt truly blessed to spend Robert’s last days in such a beautiful place.
Carolina Cremation is assisting Robert Lee’s family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.
Angela Deal says
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family during this time.
Mary Willis Page says
Robert was such a kind and sweet man. Despite his disability he had amazing insights into what was true and mattered the most. He knew he was loved and cared for by his dear sister, Jeannie. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for peace and comfort to Robert’s family during this time and may light perpetual shine on him.
Bridget Henderson says
One of our favorite students in the SOAR Program. Robert was a very determined person who always had a smile on his face and never had an unkind word come out. He loved his sister Jeannie, and his job and will be remembered for his strong will to help others.
Rest in heaven Robert, you will be missed.
Lead Instructor, Rowan Cabarrus Community College SOAR Program
Heaven has gained a beautiful Angel! Robert had a beautiful soul and made everyone especially me smile. He will be moonwalking in heaven now and bringing smiles upon the Angel’s faces!
Belkis M Cabral says
Dear Ms. Llenin, I am deeply sorry for the lost of your brother. I know how you feel at this time. I am really close with my sisters just like I know you were with your brother. God is with him now. My condolences to you ant the rest of the family members. Ms. Cabral.
Leidiana Kumar says
Dear Mrs. Llennin and family.
My condolence is with you and your family.
peace,endurance and comfort during this time.
peace, L. Kumar
Rosa Flores Chavez says
Dear Mrs. J. Llennin,
My deepest sympathy for your sensitive loss. May Christ, the Resurrection, and the life send comfort to your heart. My prayers are for you, and all your family.
Eternal rest for Robert’s soul!
Sophia Davis says
Jeanie.. i am so sorry that your best friend/brother has gone and left you..Robert was such a sweet, kind, harmless, forgiving man. i pray for peace and strength for you to carry on..I Love you and I’m here for you if you ever need me.
Apryl McCoun says
From your Lowes Family: Robert Lee, you will always be remembered and missed and held in the highest regard. You brought smiles to our faces and joy to our hearts. You are a legend here at Salisbury Lowes, we will forever remember your hard work, kindness, and the laughter you brought to what would normally be an ordinary workday. You will forever be our Batman! We are sending up thoughts and prayers for your family while going through this challenging time, and we will hold you in our hearts always…
-Lowe’s Home Improvement, Store 495
I worked at Lowe’s with Batman. I found his pallet jack hidden away before I had even met him. It had written on it “Batman” and someone had jokingly added “Robin”. I wondered about it and was told that it was Batman’s pallet jack. I said, “Who is Batman?” It wasn’t long after that I met him and I’m so glad I did. A wonderful person and a hard worker. He is missed by his Lowe’s family.
Reba Dollarhide says
I always looked forward to seeing him come in at night and either fussing about pepsi machine was empty. Also being happy when he had his pepsi’s. He didn’t like coming to front for pepsi .
Roderick Ciferri, III says
Very sorry to hear of Robert’s death. He will be remembered as a very kind and gentle man, friendly to all. We enjoyed having you, your Mom and Robert as tenants at Millbrook Manor. Wishing you strength to carry on. Very sorry for your loss. We will be making a donation in Robert’s honor to the Hospice House. Skip, Gayle and Donnie.
sandra bates says
so sorry for your loss , it was always a pleasure to speak to Robert he had such a loving spirit
This is Alisha Hodge I was one of Roberts friends he was so sweet and always had a smile on his face he was one of my Best friend he was a great guy Love Alisha Hodge.
I am so sorry about Robert he was a great guy I Rember comeing to Rowan Teck he would see me and say Hey Alisha How are you he always had a smile that I will nerved forget Rest in Peach Robert.