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Robert Joseph Coward

November 2, 1946 — August 11, 2017

Robert Joseph Coward, age 70, of Morrisville, PA, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 with his loving family by his side. Known as Bob to his friends, he was born in Darby, PA. He grew up in Audubon, NJ and lived in Haddonfield, NJ for 16 years before moving to Morrisville in 2000.Prior to his retirement, Bob was employed as an engineering consultant and worked as a civil engineer at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff in Trenton, NJ. He previously served as the Program Manager for the Maryland Transit Administration's Purple Line on behalf of the consulting firm AECOM and held several management positions during his twenty years in SEPTA's Engineering and Construction Division. He loved his career, often saying he lived every little boy's dream of playing with trains for a living: he designed and built several bridges and train stations. He served as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve and trained with ROTC while in college. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Drexel University in 1970, where he was a member of the TKE Fraternity. Bob was a former member of the Pennsbury Community Choir, and in the 1990s was on the Board of the Tavistock Hills Swim Club in Haddonfield as well as the Board of the First United Methodist Church in Haddon Heights, NJ. Bob had an outgoing and exuberant personality; he loved to laugh, tell jokes and always had a smile for friends and soon-to-be friends alike. He also enjoyed golfing, reading, traveling, spending time with his family, and going to the beach. His personal and career successes were influenced by his personal life motto: "make it happen." Son of the late Joseph and Emma (Demaine) Coward, Bob is survived by his loving wife Robin E. (Smith) Coward, two daughters and a son-in-law: Blair and Vladimir Semendyai of Washington, D.C. and Stephanie Coward of West Chester, PA; his sister and two brothers-in law: Elaine and Joseph Piontkowski of Marlton, NJ, and Everett (Jr.) and Susan Smith of Phoenix, AZ; his mother-in-law, Evelyn Smith, of Toms River, NJ; three nieces: Donna Dill, Sandi Rinaldi, and Chelsea Smith; two nephews: John Piontkowski and Bradley Smith; and two grandnieces: Kyrstin Cohn and Sarah Dill.Friends will be received on Friday, September 29th, from 7 PM to 9 PM at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel in Morrisville, PA.In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions, in Mr. Coward's name, be made to St. Mary Medical Center Foundation in Langhorne, PA (, to the Special Olympics New Jersey (, or to CancerCare (

Calling Hours
This is a time for visiting with the family. There will be no service held at this time.
Friday, September 29, 2017
19:00:00 - 21:00:00
J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel
41 W. Trenton Ave
Morrisville PA

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