2011-10-19 / Obituaries
Robert J. Dobbins, Jr.
Visitation Friday, Services Saturday in Cold Spring
Robert J. Dobbins, Jr. died peacefully at home in Cold Spring, NY on October 17, 2011.
A native of Buffalo, he was born on August 16, 1940, son of the late Robert and Margaret (Hoban) Dobbins. He was predeceased by former wife Norah (Noonan) Dobbins and stepson John J. Eagan, Jr.
A graduate of Fordham, Rosehill Campus, in the Bronx, Bob went on to earn a PhD in chemistry at SUNY Buffalo and has published several papers. Dr. Dobbins held executive positions at several paper chemical companies including American Cyanamid in Stamford, Conn., and Champion/International Paper in Nyack. He retired from Betz-Dearborn/Hercules Paperchem of Jacksonville, Fla., in 1998 and later returned to New York to be closer to family and friends.
He was a Civil War Enthusiast and read numerous books on the subject. Most Sundays during football season, he was a diehard fan of the Buffalo Bills and a member of the Bills’ Backers Club in Jacksonville. He loved getting together with his old Fordham Roommates, Matt Hasette, Ed Campbell, and the late Ed Eidle to reminisce about campus shenanigans and to share a laugh with childhood buddies, Roger Anthony and Jim Bottlinger. Some workplace liaisons that turned into lifelong friendships are Donna Carston, Charley Farley, Rich and Maureen Klinzman, and Art Henry.
Bob was a good listener, a trait not too many of us possess. Cousin Kathleen Shekler was a close email buddy. Survivors are loving wife, Helen Henighan-Dobbins, devoted children, Maureen O'Loughlin, Patricia Sullivan, Maribeth Hughes and Mathew Dobbins and their spouses Joe O'Loughlin, Mark Sullivan and Michael Hughes. Loving grandchildren are Owen, Devon, Hope, Luke, Zack, Nate and Riley Norah.
Devoted stepchildren are Kevin Egan, Kathleen Speziale, Brian Egan, and Ann-Marie Egan. Their spouses are Pia Egan, John Speziale and Michelle Egan. Loving step-grandchildren are Patrick, Kevin, Noelle, Jessica, John and Nicole, Anna, Cloe, Audrey and Gerald, Aidan, Ann-Marie and Colm.
Beloved sisters are Mary Fleishman, Ann Hevron, and Kathy Peter and beloved brother, Tim Dobbins. Their spouses are David Fleishman, Brian Hevron and Margo Dobbins.
Beloved nieces and nephews are Kevin Fleishman, Karen Bagdonas, Kathy Winarski, Christopher and Kate Dobbins and Adam Peters and Coleen Young. Their spouses are Lisa Fleishman, Andy Bagdonas, Jim Winarski, Elizabeth Peter and Cooper Young.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 22, at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 24 Fair Street, Cold Spring, NY. 10516.
Calling hours at the Clinton Funeral Home, 21 Parrot St. in Cold Spring will be on Friday, October 21st from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, P.O. Box 97151, Washington, DC 20090.