– Robert John McCabe passed away peacefully in his sleep on August
30. He was 95 years old.
He was born on December 17, 1923 to Charles Vincent and Ella McCabe
in Ravena, New York. Robert, known as “Bob” to family and friends,
received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Champlain
College, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the
University of Denver.
Robert John was the beloved husband of Ruth Anne for 70 years. He
was predeceased by Ruth Anne in 2017.
Robert was the strong, loving father to Linda A McCabe Gardner
(Guy), Brian R. McCabe (Lynda), the late Peter L McCabe and Timothy
V. McCabe (Bertie). Robert was the awesome grandfather to 11
grandchildren, Jennifer L Teems (Scott). Sarah W. Gardner Hogenesch
(Chris), Jason M. Gardner, Matthew R. McCabe (Christine), Tyson M.
McCabe (Lauren), the late Christopher W. McCabe, J. Lacy McCabe,
Erica McCabe, Melanie McCabe, Steven McCabe (Brittany) and Faith
McCabe. He was also the great-grandfather to 15 great-grandchildren.
Robert worked in the NYS Department of Parole and then worked as
Personnel Director in two companies before founding his own
executive employment agency in both Albany and Syracuse. He was a
member of the Albany Executives Association, Founder of the Syracuse
Executives Association, a member of the Lions Club, the American
Legion and the VFW, as well as being an avid supporter of the
Coeymans Historical Society. He was an active member of the South
Bethlehem Methodist Church being both a teacher and Trustee.
Robert enlisted in the US Army in 1943 to join the forces in France,
D-Day +23. He went through many battles in France and the Hurtgen
Forest. By the end of the war, he attained the rank of Sergeant.
Robert was a voracious reader of both history and politics and he
encouraged his family to read. He was an avid fisherman, enjoying
many fishing trips and adventures with his sons and grandsons. The
highlights of his fishing career were catching an 818 pound tuna and
multiple salmon and steelhead catches. He loved to travel and had
the opportunity to visit Europe and the British Isles. To celebrate
their 50th wedding anniversary, Robert planned a driving tour of
Alaska from New York, putting 10,000 miles on their new car. It was
a lifetime dream fulfilled! He is deeply missed by his children and
grandchildren and he is forever loved and admired.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on September 6, 2019 at
Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena. Family and friends may call at the
funeral home on Friday for visiting hours from 12 -2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider
donations in memory of Robert J. McCabe to the
South Bethlehem Methodist Church, 67 Willowbrook Ave, South
Bethlehem, NY 12161 OR
Tribute Program, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box
1000 Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101-9908.