Bob Krypotos

Obituary of Bob Krypotos

Bob Krypotos of Blairstown, formerly of Mine Hill, NJ passed away peacefully at home on September 29, 2021 while napping in the sun near his fish pond and porch garden - exactly as he had wished. Beloved father, Pappous, and friend, he is survived by his three daughters, Argi, Tina and Jamiee and his grandchildren, Nikos, Kallia, George, Alexa, Mac and Finn as well as by his older brother Bill, formerly of Roxbury, and an extended network of amazing in-laws, cousins, and nieces - all whom he adored. Born June 15, 1939 to Dimitrios and Argiroula Krypotos of Molaoi Greece, Bob grew up in Greece during the devastation of World War II and the Greek Civil War which followed. When he reached adulthood, he emigrated to Montreal where he spent about a decade, working long hours at Ruby Foo's restaurant in order to send money home to his family in Greece. His efforts were just the beginning of a lifetime of great generosity. After leaving Montreal, Bob moved to Sacramento and partnered with some of his closest friends to establish Zorba's, a well-known Greek restaurant at the time. He then moved across the country to New Jersey where he raised his family and continued to reside for the remainder of his life. Bob retired at 65 from the restaurant business and began to return to Greece every year. These annual journeys brought him immense joy and the ability to reconnect with a land and its people that meant so much to him. He was very much at home on his farms and among his many fruit trees, and truly delighted in the cultivation of a pastime that featured so strongly in his childhood. Like the country boy in American naturalist Edwin Way Teale's North With the Spring he was "more observant, more richly alive than most of those around him." Bob was always invigorated by his trips to Greece and cherished its agricultural landscape. It filled him with the same deeply personal joy as Teale's "farmboy's thrush, heard singing in the cedars at twilight as he drove the cows to pasture, or like that swallow that flew gleefully in the air above him as he picked stones from the early May meadows." Bob's other great passion and pride was his family. There was never a day in the lives of his children or grandchildren when they did not know how great his love for them was. He was always a reliable safe haven and the embodiment of selflessness. Not just a steady pillar, he was also incredibly gentle and kind. His talents were many, too! He was a conjuror of magical meals and made a filet mignon sauce which everyone enjoyed. He was a genius with numbers and had the memory of someone with a fraction of his brain age. He had immeasurable charm and was always a gentleman. And his smile had just the right amount of mischief in it! He passed this on to his grandson, Finn. Bob will always be remembered for his magnanimous spirit, his perennial selflessness, and his unparalleled dedication to his family. He will be forever missed and loved. In lieu of flowers and donations, Bob would have wanted everyone who reads his obituary to commit to an act of genuine selflessness or kindness and to spend a bright, sunny autumn day planting a fruit tree that will bring years of joy and nourishment. Services will be private, under the direction of Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825.
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