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Dobbin, Robert F. September 6, 1931 - February 23, 2024

Robert F. Dobbin (Bob) passed away peacefully with family at his side on February 23rd at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. He was 92 years old and resided most of his life in Bronxville, New York.

Bob was born in the Bronx on September 6, 1931 to James J.  and Mary Cusker Dobbin the third of 4 children. He was educated at Mount St. Michael Academy. He attended Fordham University the first in his family to attend college and then went on to Fordham Law School. Bob served proudly as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in June 1955. He began his NYC law career as a corporate litigating attorney at Davis Polk Wardwell before practicing many years at Shearman and Sterling, where he eventually retired as a senior partner.

After retirement, he remained engaged and active, serving for six years as a trustee of the Bronxville Board of Education, where he was a strong advocate for the Teacher’s Association. Bob also loved to travel with family and friends and was able to explore the world visiting China, India, Scandinavia, Russia, Europe and the National Parks. He was the President of Siwanoy Country Club, a founding member of the Geezer’s Bridge Club in Bronxville, an avid reader, and book club member. He never missed a day reading the New York Times.

Bob was an avid sportsman who enjoyed golf, tennis, skiing, and sailing. He also had a lifelong passion for both the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants. Bob’s Catholic faith was a guiding light for him all is life. He was a quiet and generous supporter of those less fortunate. He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church in Bronxville where he was a Eucharistic minister and lectern.

Bob is survived by his daughters Kathleen Dobbin (Scott Parmelee), Sarah (Jim) Footh, and Courtney (Chris) Robin, his sister Mary Anne Lenox, sister-in-law Maureen Dobbin and 8 grandchildren (Katie, Will, and James Parmelee; Peter and Julia Footh; Aidan, Kyle, and Elle Robin). He is also survived by his stepchildren Madeline (Kirk) Saville, Rose (Jim) Wylie, Anne Hardart (Tom Newman), Tom Hardart (Virginia Shore), Paul Hardart, Marcy Hardart (Matt Wickline), and many nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his first wife of 40 years Jean Harrington Dobbin, his two sons, Robert F. Dobbin Jr. and William H.D. Dobbin, his second wife of 25 years Rosemary Hardart Dobbin, and his two brothers, William and James Dobbin.

Bob’s generous and welcoming personality and hearty laugh will be in our hearts forever.

Calling Hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home, Bronxville on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 between the hours of 4 to 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, Bronxville on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 10:45am.

Calling Hours: 4 to 7 pm, Tuesday February 27, 2024

Mass: 10:45 am, Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at St. Joseph's Church, Bronxville.

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    Frank H Murray says

    Thoughts, prayers and love to all the Hardarts and Dobbins.

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      Courtney Robin says

      Thank you Frank, we deeply appreciate your message. It was a lovely service and celebration for our Dad.

      Warmly, Courtney Robin (Dobbin)

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    Pat Robin says

    I am so sorry to hear this news. My heart-felt condolences to Courtney and all the family. You were so fortunate to have had home for so many years and I was fortunate to have known him. He lived a long, wonderful life and I’m sure he’ll be organizing another bridge club very soon.
    Hugs to you all.
    Pat Robin

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      Courtney Robin says

      Thank you Pat. He loved getting to know you and Ron over the years. I hope to see you again soon, perhaps a spring barbecue!

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    Ann Mchale says

    Thinking of all Hardart and Dobbin Family Sending Prayers and love to all

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      Courtney Robin says

      Thank you Ann. You gave our father such incredible care for so many years, you meant so much to him, we deeply appreciate it. I hope you are well and enjoying your life back home. Be well.

      Courtney, Kathleen, Sarah

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    Ned Luboja says

    Dear Kathleen, Sarah and Courtney– Apologies, I just found out about your dad’s passing and unfortunately missed the opportunity to attend services. Growing up as a next door neighbor to your family, your dad was very dear to me and an important element of my childhood–as were you. Many beautiful memories from Ellison Avenue include all of you!! It was very endearing that, later on and late in his life, your dad and my dad once again became next door neighbors over at the Westbourne apartments. My deepest condolences (and from all the Luboja family) to you.

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      Courtney Robin says

      Thank you so much Ned, we appreciate it. It really was amazing how our families and our parents (Dads) started their young lives as neighbors and as you said, later in life, were once again neighbors. My father would always talk about your Dad’s talent for playing the piano which he could hear from across the hall. I hope you and your family are well, love to all the Luboja’s.


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