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Robert Eric Almgren III, 17, tragically passed away on December 27, 2020 at St. Barnabas Hospital after courageously battling the sudden effects of AML Leukemia which began on Christmas night.
Robbie was born on March 10, 2003 and was a lifelong resident of Short Hills, NJ, surrounded by the love and friendship of family and friends in the most beautifully tight knit neighborhood of Park Road & Park Circle where many children began to form lifelong friendships.
Growing up, Robbie played many sports beginning with youth baseball culminating in a Family Day Championship win with his Falcon Chain team. The years with those teammates and families brought us all so much joy. He also played other sports when young including football, lacrosse, and basketball. His love of sports continued throughout high school where he played basketball, football, and lacrosse for the MHS Millers. He also played for NJ Riot Club lacrosse. He thoroughly enjoyed the friendships and the comradery of all of his teammates. Robbie’s interests did not end there. He loved many genres of music. Having played in 3 bands in middle school, including the jazz band, Robbie developed his musical skills. In fact, he was a closet band member throughout high school. He loved playing the trumpet! And, yes, it’s probably worth mentioning that Robbie was a good student. Robbie was a high school senior and was looking forward to attending Union College to study and play lacrosse for the Dutchmen.
Besides family and his many hobbies, Robbie’s friendships were at the center of his life. He and his friends were inseparable and many were like brothers. He was a true friend who enjoyed the good times, but was always available with a helping hand or an ear when needed. Robbie had a special way about him that just drew people near. He was happiest with friends on any golf course, local fishing spot, hiking through South Mountain, or just hanging out in a friend’s backyard. His gift of gab and his positive attitude will be sorely missed.
When not with friends, this teen made time for his family. He enjoyed dancing and laughing in the kitchen with his mom, talking fantasy football and golf with his dad, texting his grandmother during televised football games, and sharing funny videos with and ribbing his sister.
We thank Robbie for being the most amazing son, brother, grandson and friend. While we did not have nearly enough time together, the time we did have was precious and we will treasure our memories forever. He touched so many lives in his own special way.
Robbie had a deep faith and worshipped at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. His soul and kind spirit will live on within all of us and he will be forever in our hearts. God in Heaven has a new angel.
Robbie is survived by his parents Laura and Bob, sister Reilly, grandmother Jackie O’Donnell, many aunts, uncles and cousins as well as his old English Sheepdog Winston.