Robert P. Troy of Poway, CA, passed away peacefully into the loving embrace of Our Lord on August 1, 2016 after a 15 year battle with brain cancer. He was 62. Bob was born in Washington, DC and spent his childhood in the states of Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey. He graduated from the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina in 1976. Bob was a commissioned officer in the Marine Corps and served 8 years of active duty and 17 years in the Marine Corps Reserves. Bob served in artillery, tanks and psy-op during his military career, which included deployments of Okinawa, Korea and Thailand. In 1978, Bob married Janet Lynn Skutnik and the couple moved to Encinitas, CA. Together they raised 2 children, James Robert of San Francisco, CA and Deena Ann of Encinitas, CA. Bob received his JD degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1986. He worked as civil defense attorney for 20 years, with 18 years at the law firm of Lorber, Greenfield & Polito in Poway. Bob retired from the practice of law in March 2007. In June 2007, Bob was ordained a deacon to serve at the parish of St. Gabriel in Poway. In his ministry work, he always had a wonderful smile, a deep love for Divine Mercy and our Blessed Mother and great compassion for the sick and dying. He will be remembered for his 2 favorite sayings – “Adios” means “to God” and “May God bless us all”. Bob is survived by his wife Janet, son James and daughter-in-law Jessica, daughter Deena and son-in-law Kevin. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and parishioners at St. Gabriel Church. Vigil and rosary will be at St. Gabriel Church at 5pm on Monday, August 8. Funeral Mass will be on August 9 at 10:30am, with interment at Dearborn Memorial Cemetery following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Gabriel Building Fund, Life Choices in Poway or Father Joe’s Villages in memory of Deacon Bob Troy.
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