2016-10-05 / Obituaries

Robert Warnock

Robert William Warnock, a resident of Wyckoff, NJ and the Town of Middletown, died in the comfort of his home on Thursday, Sept 15, 2016. He was 69 years old.

Bob was born in 1947 in Brooklyn to first generation Irish parents, William and Elizabeth (Coyle) Warnock. He and his siblings attended public schools in Brooklyn and New York City until moving to HoHoKus, NJ. An avid athlete and baseball player, Bob graduated from Ridgewood High School and went on to earn a BS in history at Mt St Mary’s (College) University in Emmitsburg, MD.

While continuing to compete in multiple sports there, Bob excelled in baseball, earning MVP, and later being inducted into the college’s Sports’ Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, his dream of becoming a professional baseball player ended when he received his draft notice upon graduation. Bob enlisted in the Marine Corps, completed Officer Candidate School at Quantico, VA and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant.

It was while at Quantico that he met Pat Houston, his wife of 42 years. After training, Bob shipped to Da Nang, the Republic of Vietnam, and would serve as convoy control officer, providing troop support across the region. Bob rotated to the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, where he was happy to have charge of the battalion guard and special service sport teams. He was honorably discharged with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, and awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his service.

Bob returned to school shortly after his discharge, taking advantage of the GI Bill, and earned a Master’s in Education from Springfield College, MA. He would go on to a successful and rewarding 34-year career teaching and coaching, in Utah, New York, and New Jersey. While in Utah, Bob became an avid skier and competitive four-wall handball player. The growing family returned to the east coast in 1978 and purchased their home in Wyckoff, NJ.

For the next 37 years they would raise two beautiful daughters, Kelly and Jennifer, three dogs, cats, and ‘sundry’ strays. In the late 1980s, they built their mountain home in the Catskills, where the family has enjoyed skiing, hiking, golf, and so many activities the area has to offer.

When Bob’s health became a concern, he retired after 20 years with Jersey City Public Schools. He became known for his wood splitting, keeping not only his stoves supplied, but those of many others as well.

Bob is survived by his wife, Pat; daughters, Kelly and Jenny; sons-in-law, Armand Grez and Josh Reed, and grandchildren, Penelope, Vera, and Conrad Grez, and Bodhi and Porter Reed. A private memorial celebration will be held in October.

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