Robert (Bob) Pash (58) of Allendale passed away peacefully on September 12 surrounded by his family following a 20-year battle with adenoid cystic carcinoma. Bob’s kindness, infectious enthusiasm and concern for others along with his quick wit and sense of humor were such gifts to all who had the privilege of knowing him. Throughout the ups and downs of his illness, Bob continued to exhibit the incredible resilience, strength and courage that were hallmarks of his life.
While Bob was a man of many accomplishments and interests, family was everything to him. He most loved spending time with his wife, Susan and their three children, Brian, Jennifer and Julia. Bob was not defined by his illness but knew that time was precious and as such he made the most of it. His favorite memories were the many trips they took as a family as well as spending extended time at the beach. He enjoyed the tranquility of their Mantoloking home and equally relished hosting large gatherings of friends of all ages. The more the merrier was Bob’s motto! Bob’s passions also included golf, paddle tennis, fishing and attending Giants games-in spite of some frustrating seasons. But Bob’s most cherished times were those spent supporting his children in all their various endeavors – he was so incredibly proud of each of them. In particular he loved coaching and watching them play a myriad of sports in grammar school, high school and college. He lived for game day!
Bob was born and raised in Manhattan and attended Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx. He was a decorated – and humble – athlete and went on to Columbia University where he proudly played both football and baseball for the Lions. After graduation Bob went to work for Chase Manhattan Bank where he met his wife Susan LaMonica and earned his MBA from New York University-Stern School. Bob pivoted his career to the corporate insurance industry and enjoyed much success working for a number of organizations including the Todd Organization where he was COO, before retiring nine years ago.
Community was extremely important to Bob and after moving to Allendale 26 years ago he became deeply involved in a variety of organizations. In addition to coaching his children’s sports teams, he served as President of the Allendale Recreation Commission and played a key role in the Northern Highlands Sports Association. Bob was an active member of the Holiday Observers and particularly enjoyed chairing the July 4th field day activities. He was also active in local politics, serving as County Committee Chair. More recently, he joined the Board at Hackensack Country Club. Bob’s generous gift of his time, talent and treasure extended beyond his immediate community as he was active in raising money for Oasis, A Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, NJ as well as the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation.
Bob Pash was truly a man for others. His joyful presence, humility, relentless positivity and enthusiasm for life will be greatly missed by his family and vast army of friends.
Bob is survived by his wife Susan and three children Brian (Jackie), Jennifer and Julia. He is also survived by his brother Joe (Eileen) and his sister Jackie Hansen (Chuck) as well as his niece Kristen and nephews Kevin and Mark. In addition, he is survived by his mother-in-law Joan LaMonica. Bob was predeceased by his mother Opal Pash (Webster) and father Joseph Pash.
For those wishing to honor Bob, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oasis (OasisNJ.org). Supporting the children of Oasis was a particular passion of Bob's and these donations will be directed to youth programming. Please indicate that the donation is in Bob’s memory. Family and friends are also encouraged to contribute to a Pash family “memory book” by sharing photos and notes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, September 16 from 3 pm-7 pm at Feeney Funeral Home in Ridgewood. Due to COVID-19, great care is being taken to ensure the safety of all and as such we ask that should you decide to visit that you observe all CDC guidance. The funeral will be private due to capacity restrictions.
The Funeral Mass from Thursday, September 17, 2020 can be viewed by following the link below
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We will allow 33 people at a time into the funeral home. You MUST be wearing a mask to enter, and masks must be worn AT ALL TIMES. Every 1/2 hour, we will clear the funeral home of guests (not family), sanitize, and reopen for 33 more guests. The sanitizing will take approximately 5 minutes each time. Inside the funeral home there are tape marks on the floor to promote social distancing, and there will be an orderly line to pay your respects. There will be a one way flow of visitors as entry is allowed only through the front door and exiting only through the back door. Once a visitor leaves they are not permitted back into the building.
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