After a year-long battle with kidney cancer, Robert Lloyd Constable died peacefully on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at his home in Pelham, with his wife Tina and their sons Spencer and Tyler by his side. He was 57 years old.
Born August. 24, 1962, Rob was one of four sons of Bob and Bobbie Constable of Montclair, NJ and Cazenovia, NY. He attended the Kent School in Connecticut, where he played varsity soccer, tennis and squash, and Lafayette College, where he walked-on as a starter for the men's lacrosse team.
Upon graduation in 1985, Rob joined National Westminster Bank in New York, eventually rising to Vice President Media and Communications, covering cable TV, newspaper and broadcast enterprises. He later earned an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management going on to work at Disney Networks, IAC/Home Shopping Network and CBS, Inc.
Rob had a natural gift with people and could make anyone feel immediately at ease with his jovial banter and uncanny ability of making connections with everyone he would meet. It wasn't until he was nearly 50 years old that he put these skills to use by actively pursuing a career in development and going on to join advancement teams at Don Bosco Prep School in Ramsey, New Jersey; and the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York.
Outside of his career, Rob had a knack for getting things done and a thirst for any helping many a worthy cause. Rob's volunteer commitments were deep and varied. For a decade, he was the Elka Park Club President, a close-knit community in the Catskill Mountains where he, Tina and their boys spent countless happy summers. For the past two years, Rob was co-chair of Lafayette College's Friends of Men's Lacrosse where he made significant contributions. The program has renamed one of its annual awards to the Rob Constable '85 Brotherhood Award which is presented each year to the player who consistently inspires his teammates on and off the field through outstanding leadership.
Rob's drive to meet new challenges was not limited to his professional life. A lifelong athlete, Rob took up competitive rowing in 2013, joining the Pelham Community Rowing Association. On the water most mornings at 5:30am with his team mates, Rob embraced this new sport with gusto. In 2017, he entered the C.R.A.S.H. B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championship. Competing against lifelong rowers, Rob finished 2nd out many seasoned challengers from around the world and with a time that would have been good enough for an 18 year old to be recruited to a Division 1 rowing program! He would go on to race in four-man boats, competing in Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Amsterdam, even after receiving his cancer diagnosis.
This gregarious, fun-loving, larger-than-life man was always quick with a smile, a kind word, and an offer to pitch in. He will always be remembered for his legendary wit, his dexterous dance moves as well as being a loving father, husband and friend. In addition to Tina his wife of 27 years and their sons, Spencer and Tyler, Rob is survived by his parents and brothers Jeff, Peter and Andrew.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rob's name to the following organizations:
The Katharina Tower Preservation Fund:
The Lafayette Men's Lacrosse Program:
The Pelham Community Rowing Association:
The Kent School: