Robert Franklin Maar, 78, a longtime resident of Riverdale and Manhattan, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at his home in River Edge, New Jersey, surrounded by his family.
A loving husband, father and brother, he is survived by his wife of 52 years Virginia (Kennedy). He retired from his career as a theater executive in 2006. He most notably worked for Trans-Lux Corp., and finished his career at Sony/Loews.
He also proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
In his retirement, he was a frequent participant, singing on the Saucy Sylvia cabaret and radio show in Newport, Rhode Island.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: Robert (Rob) Maar Jr., of Riverdale; Kara (Maar) O’Donnell and her husband Tim of River Edge; and Edward Kennedy Maar and his wife Sarah of Manhattan. He also is survived by six grandchildren: David Maar, Tyler Maar, Lauren Tuttle, Griffin Tuttle, Olivia O’Donnell and Emma O’Donnell.
In addition, he is survived by his siblings: Henry Maar of Simi Valley, California; and Maretta (Maar) O’Leary of Yonkers.
He was very active in the communities in which he lived. He coached and was an executive member of the North Riverdale Baseball league in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He worked tirelessly to improve the baseball fields, updating the fences and playing surfaces with the help of former Gov. Mario Cuomo.
He also served as a deacon and elder at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church.
Donations may be made in Bob Maar’s name to Alzheimers.org, or Holy Name Hospice, at HolyName.org/foundation.donation.