FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1912

Robert Patrick J. Ellis, Jr.

Robert Patrick Ellis, Jr. age 49 passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Born April 29, 1969 in Salem, New Jersey to his parents Robert P. Ellis, Sr. and Margaret Wiggins Lyster; Robert was a 1987 graduate of Salem High School (NJ) and had served in the U. S. Army.  Robbie graduated from Delaware Technical and Community College with a degree in Hospitality Management.

Robert was a well-known bartender and waiter in the Wilmington “Little Italy” area restaurants. Robbie was known for his love of the beach, being an Eagles Fan, loved cooking and had co-hosted “Friendsgiving” for the past several years.   Robert loved his dogs, the late Zion and his new puppy Jameson. He was a strong supporter of local HIV programs and was a local drag performer under the name of Ivana Jameson. 

He was predeceased by his former partner, Roland Williams and all of his grandparents.  He is survived by his father, Robert P. Ellis, Sr., husband of Sandy; his mother, Margie Lyster, wife of Tom; his sister, Catherine Ellis; his two brothers, Edward and Andrew Ellis; his five step brothers, Joshua, David, Michael, Isiah and Andre Ellis; all of Penns Grove, New Jersey; his step brother, Brandon Rector, husband of Ashley of West Grove, Pa., his aunts, Jackie Strickler of Florida and Betty Lamont of Pennsville, NJ; his nieces and nephews and his roommate, Becca Vernon.  Robert will be great missed by his many and dear friends in Wilmington and the GLBT community.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Mealey Funeral Homes, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808 where friends and family may gather at 1pm.   Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family.  At the family’s request and to honor Robert’s colorful journey in life, all guests are asked to wear bright and colorful attire, no black or dark colors at the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to assist in the funeral arrangements in care of Crimson Moon Tavern 1909 West Sixth Street, Wilmington, DE 19805 or memorial donations to the Delaware HIV Consortium, 100 West 10th Street, Wilmington DE 19801.

Online condolences may be made at www.MealeyFuneralHomes.com
 

Comments

Submitted by Lorenzo Daley on
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RIP my dear friend. Because of you I am a better man. Your grace your love your warm hugs will be missed terribly. You welcomed me into your life and teach me the true meaning of family despite not being related by blood. I miss you

Submitted by Sam Maverick on
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My husband, Jeffrey Omo Maverick, and I offer our warmest condolences to Robert's family, friends who were his family, and his acquaintances. May you find comfort and peace in reflecting on Robert's happy times with you.

Submitted by Tammy on
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Wow I’m so so sorry I graduated with rob our first job was working at the Salem McDonald’s think we were 16 rob was loads and loads of fun your going to be missed my old old friend

Submitted by Jackie Strickle... on
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I love you and will miss you my love with all my heart life will be empty. Have fun with your grandmom i know she wi be happy to see you. Love babe

Submitted by Nicole on
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I'm truly sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. Grief can be so hard but special memories help you cope. Please take comfort in the heartwarming promise made to us..John 5:28,29. Soon sickness pain and death will be a thing of the past, Rev 21:4

Submitted by Jack Tyo on
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You don't have to tip, but you do have to leave... Safe travels, Robert.

Submitted by Jeff Gudzune an... on
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We are very sad to hear this. Robert was a bright and cheerful presence who always made us feel welcome. Seeing him at the bar always made our night. He kept a positive attitude and always took awesome care of us. Robert will be sorely missed. Such a tragic loss!

Submitted by Jeff Gudzune an... on
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It was because of Robert that we received our late cat, "Duncan". You were a fine man, Robert! Rest in Peace, our dear friend.

Submitted by Jeff Gudzune an... on
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It was because of Robert that we received our late cat, "Duncan". You were a fine man, Robert! Rest in Peace, our dear friend.

Submitted by Asa on
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My beautiful friend you were a positive loving soul and I will always remember your shine. RIP sweet heart.

Submitted by Steven West on
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My sincerest condolences to Robert’s family both natural and chosen. Robert, you were always a ball of sunshine and sass, all wrapped into one. Your Infectious smile and laughter were both contagious. Mama. I know you’re up there watching over all your children being the mother hen you’ve always been. Thank you for coming into my life and making it brighter, one sequin at a time. Love Always, Steven

Submitted by Marie Cordivano on
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Rest in Peace, friend. Your life was cut short much too soon! I will always think of you as kind, sweet and giving. And...always with a smile on your face. I will miss you!

Submitted by Mike C on
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We didn't hang out, we were not best of friends but when we seen each other it was always smiles and laughter. Rest in Peace. Watch over your bar flock they loved you for you not what you could do for them. Hugs till we all meet again