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Robert J. Kerwin


Robert James Kerwin, 42, after fighting cancer for over a year, died on Thursday, July 19, 2018. He passed peacefully in his home with his wife by his side. He was also surrounded by his daughter and loving family.

Robert was born on September 17, 1975 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was the son of Raymond and Barbara (Rinaldo) Kerwin. Robert resided in Ephrata, but he grew up in Middletown, Pa.

He was a graduate of Middletown Area High School class of 1993. Through the years of working full time while attending school, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University. He went on to earn his professional engineer license. He applied his knowledge and experience to his work as a construction supervisor for Jingoli Power.

Robert was a practical dreamer. He always had ideas and then a plan for what was next. Whether it was building a cabin in the woods to enjoy with his family and friends, starting a project around the house to make life easier or more fun, or planning a trip for his wife and daughter (“his girls”), he kept his eye on the future, but enjoyed every moment of the present.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Jennifer M. (Collins) Kerwin; his daughter, Francesca R. Kerwin; his parents, Barbara and Raymond Kerwin; his sister, Patricia Eisenhuth; and countless family members and friends. Robert will be missed by more people than he realized.

Services will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, Pa. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and be followed by a brief service at 11 a.m.

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