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“Vita & Tina - we are sending all of our love and prayers your way. We are so sorry to learn of your loss but know that he lived a long and fulfilled...Read More »
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“Dear Vita and Tina, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I know my brother, Morgan, was very fond of him and that he was deeply...Read More »
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“Dear family and friends, I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. I send my condolences. Please find comfort in meditating on God's promises to...Read More »
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“My heartfelt condolences go out to your family. I will surely miss the presence of truly kind person.Delcastle Athletic Secretary (Retired) ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Debra Stafford - Wilm, DE

“I am so sorry for your loss. May Almighty God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this...Read More »
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“I was terribly shaken when I heard that daddy Poppit had been called home by God. May The Lord grant him eternal rest and grant his family and all of...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Abosede (Abby) Bakare - Newark, DE

“We met Bob through ballroom dancing many years ago. Loved listening to all his stories about his travels and his music. We especially enjoyed...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Brenda DiFelice - Wilmington, DE


Robert E. Poppitt, 89, passed away peacefully, on November 21, 2016 at Manor Care Foulk Road.

Bob was a native Wilmingtonian, born on January 8, 1927. He was the son of the late Alfred and Louise (Alwell) Poppitt. He graduated from Wilmington High School and attended The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. It was shortly after High School that he joined the United States Navy and proudly served his country aboard the USS Missouri as a drummer in the Navy Band while the ship travelled to Gibraltar, Istanbul and other countries during the Mediterranean Goodwill Cruise. Upon his return, he married his high school love Mary Matassino in 1952. They were married for 51 years until her death in 2003.

He involved his passions of music, the arts and travel throughout his lifetime. As a talented drummer, he played with Cozy Cole, Arturo Sandoval, John Bennett and Joe Laird. He was a season ticket holder at The duPont Playhouse, and attended the theatre in New York regularly. He enjoyed many cruises with his grandson Ryan, his regular travel companion. He recently took up Ballroom dancing and made many good friends in these dancing groups.

Bob worked as a salesman until the age of 85. He started his sales career at Huber's Sporting Goods in Wilmington until their closing. He then took his accounts and talents to Al's Sporting Goods introducing a new segment of business, Educational Institutions. He was a familiar face in many of the local schools in the tri-state area until his retirement.

Bob was a dedicated husband and father. He was a man of honor and a true gentleman. His four grandchildren were his life. He would have been a great-grandfather in February. He will be sadly missed by all that called him Bob, Bobby, Dad and Pop Pop!

He is predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Louise, his beloved wife Mary Matassino: brothers, Anthony, Alfred, Edward, and Julius; sister Louise Auchenbach. He is survived by his sweethearts: Vita Hendry (William) of Naples, FL, and Tina Miller (Robert) of Hockessin, DE, and Morgan Hendry III of Wilmington. Grandchildren Morgan Hendry IV, Robert Hendry, Ryan Miller and Casey Miller.

The family wishes to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all who showed our dad love, kindness, care and support during his stay at Manor Care on Foulk Road. He became everyone's adopted grandfather over the years. Special thanks to Ruby, Abby, Anthony, Isaac, Sandu, Debbie, Rosemarie, Dorethea, and all of his Doctors.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10:30 am on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Visitation will be held prior between 9:30 and 10:30 am at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 7 Sharpley Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. Interment services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Bob's name to: The Tatnall School-Music Department, 1501 Barley Mill Road, Wilmington, DE 19807 or Tower Hill School-Music Department, 2813 West 17th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806.