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Robert J. Block

BLOCK----Robert J., 68, passed away in his Elton home on October 13, 2020. Born October 26, 1951, in Johnstown, son of the late William H. Sr. and Agnes A. (Brawley) of Walnut Grove. Survived by his wife NancyJo (Krupa), sister, Patricia, brothers, William Jr. and Walter; and numerous nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. Bob was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s Electrical Engineering Program with a stellar career with the H.F. Lenz Company, Johnstown. He was greatly respected by his peers and his clients. He maintained long-term relationships with childhood friends and family from the Walnut Grove area. Bob was a 14 year survivor of Mesothelioma. We are deeply indebted and grateful to the late Dr. David J. Sugarbaker previously from The International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston founded in 2002 in response to the rising incidence of incurable mesothelioma around the world. Since then, it has become the premier center for mesothelioma care and the largest of its kind in the world, and Dr. Dale Adler Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. To share a memory or to post an online condolence, please visit www.wharrisfuneralhome.com. Private funeral arrangements are in the care of Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. A special thank you to Abby and all of our friends and neighbors and Windber Hospice.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Brigham and Women’s Hospital to support The Thornton House at the International Mesothelioma Program. Checks can be made payable to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with “in memory of Robert J. Block and in support for the Thornton House” in the memo line, and sent to: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116.


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A candle was lit in memory of Robert Block

Cathy J. Bodenschatz Oct 23 2020 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathy to you on behalf of my family.
Thomas E. Krupa Jr.
Nicholas J. Krupa
Alex and Sarah (Krupa) Parlock

Thomas E. Krupa Jr. Oct 17 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Bobby was truly one of the good guys in this world and will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences go out to you and your families. I'll miss seeing Bobby and his friendly, welcoming smile when I'd see you two somewhere. May you find peace and solace in the fact that he will be forever remembered fondly as someone who made the world a better place. Take care.

Jim Salvia Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM

Rest in peace. Memories of Maple Park School, Cochran and Johnstown High. And memories of Walnut Grove.

Debbie (Spencer) Byer Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM