William Joseph (Bill) Robb died Saturday October 19, 2019 at Sarah Neumann Nursing Home in Mamaroneck. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years Marion Catherine (Sheehan) Robb and his five children Marianne (Steve Walsh), William, Jr. (Christine), Stephen, Peter (Marianne) and Drew (Teresa) as well as his fourteen grandchildren Peter, Charlotte, Dylan, Ciaran, Hana, Ursula, Gunnar, Willie, Liam, Miles, Owen, Cameron, Katherine and Henry. Bill was pre-deceased by his siblings Regina Carroll, Andrew Robb, Thomas Robb, Marie Rees and John Robb, as well as his son Paul D. Robb.
Bill enlisted in the Army Air Corps immediately after graduating from Boonton (NJ) High School in 1944 a week after the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He enlisted in the Navy a year later when the Air Cadet program was closed down. He was stationed on the air craft carrier USS Franklin Delano Roosevelt until his honorable discharge. After his military service, he moved to New York City and later served for 38 years in the New York City Fire Department reaching the rank of Battalion Chief. He worked as a firefighter in the South Bronx during the 1960’s and ‘70’s at the peak of the period of arson and abandonment. After moving to Larchmont in 1968, he also served in the Larchmont Fire Department as a volunteer and reached the rank of Chief. Bill was a communicant of St. Augustine’s Church in Larchmont. He was a member of Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club and served as Commodore.
Visitation will be held at Fox Funeral Home, 2080 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY from 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday October 24th, from 2pm – 4pm and 7 pm – 9 pm Friday October 25th A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Church, 18 Cherry St., Larchmont, NY on Saturday October 26th at 10 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the charity of your choice