Robert Leo Stern passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 14, 2020 at his home in Rye, N.Y. after a long illness. He was 92 years old and a lifelong resident of Westchester County.
Born on August 11, 1927, he was the son of Leo and Marjorie Stern of New Rochelle, N.Y. He was an Eagle Scout and valedictorian of the New Rochelle High School class of 1944. He served briefly in the Navy during World War II. In 1948, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and three years later he received an MBA from the Wharton School.
He worked in the financial industry for many years, including as a partner at Newburger, Loeb & Co. before changing careers to share his passion for fine wine. For more than a decade he was proprietor of Bedford Hills Wine and Liquor Store and a wine wholesaler before his retirement.
Mr. Stern was a longtime member of Beach Point Yacht Club. He loved sailing and skiing, singing with the Master Singers of Westchester for many years, and playing bridge at Hartes’ Bridge Club in White Plains. In his last years, he received wonderful care provided by Osborn Home Care.
He is survived by his wife of twenty years, Ellen Donoghue Stern; his four children, Robert Jr. (Skip) and his wife Terry of Port Washington, N.Y., Jennifer and her husband Jeffrey of Saratoga, Calif., Carolyn and her husband Paul of Harvard, Mass., and Timothy and his wife Kim of Bellevue Wash.; eight grandchildren; his first wife, Ellen Deitsch Stern, and his brothers, Walter and Richard.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Donations in Bob Stern’s memory may be made to Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Inc. or the charity of your choice.