was Rob Anyway?
Rob grew up in West Brighton in a
large Irish Catholic family and was the third youngest of eight children. He
attended Sacred Heart Grammar School where he was a Cub Scout and an Altar
Boy. As much as he tried, he could not
get his car to go anywhere in the Pinewood derby. He played
baseball for Snug Harbor and loved to “do” the weddings during his days as an
altar boy. He was very afraid of log
flumes and Frankenstein when he was younger for some reason too. Every year for as long as we can remember he also ran the Pepper Martin race on the 4th
of July on Forest Avenue.
After grammar school, Rob went to
St. Peter’s High School where he made many friends, played some sports and had
a few fights. He was on the Freshmen and
JV basketball teams, the cross country team and the golf
team. He got his first job when he was around 15 years old, first helping in
the kitchen of a local restaurant and then working for a
landscaper, both with his lifelong best friend Tony. Rob graduated from St. Peter’s with Tony and the
class of ’92.
As an adult, he loved playing golf
especially with his dad, being tortured by his Mets, attending our local St. Patrick's parade every year, going on family vacations, having BBQs and mowing anyone’s
lawn. Rob was a go-getter and a
dreamer. The dreamer side of him longed
to be a loving husband and father and he found that when he eventually met his
future bride. The go-getter side of him
helped him climb the ladder from Blue Coat to Assistant Broker at
He and his wife were happily awaiting
the birth of their third child when the tragic events of September 11, 2001
changed all of our lives forever. Although we will never be the same after this tragedy no matter how many
years go by, we will never forget Rob’s fun-loving, party going, do anything
for you, family oriented, good-hearted, hot-headed, afraid of heights
personality. We hope that if you ever think
of Rob you take a moment, like we can now, and smile while thinking of
all the good times you had with him.