RHINEBECK, NY - Robert Milroy, a lifelong resident of Rhinebeck, died
Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Northern Dutchess Hospital. He was 90 years old.
Born in Rhinebeck on December 8, 1926, to Robert J. and Irene M. (Staley)
Milroy, he cherished his family and thrived on connecting and engaging with
others through his art, music, and conversation. He volunteered several days
a week playing piano at the Rhinebeck Town Hall, the Thompson House, and the
Baptist Home. He worked 31 years as a letter carrier for the Rhinebeck post
office, having walked door-to-door throughout the village until his
retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Third Lutheran Church of
After serving in the Army during World War II, he attended the New York
Phoenix School of Design in New York City where he studied art. He settled
down in Rhinebeck with his wife Beverly.
He continued to exercise his artistic talent throughout his life, hosting
several local exhibitions of his paintings and sketches. He also painted the
village's Welcome to Rhinebeck signs and the "cigars" stenciling for the
smoke shop. He enjoyed writing letters to local newspapers to express his
opinions about the world and had a deep appreciation for film, often
sketching detailed portraits of Hollywood stars.
Bob was predeceased by his wife Beverly (Bissett) Milroy; three brothers
Donald, Guy, and Roger Milroy; and three sisters Bobbette Milroy, Vivien
Stickel, and Irene Whittaker. He is survived by son Randall Milroy of
Ellenville; four daughters Kim Adamo of Clifton, Va., Roberta Maggiacomo of
Hyde Park, Jane Milroy of Poughkeepsie, and Kathryn Sappie of Hazle
Township, Pa.; 10 grandchildren Christopher, Colin, Daniel, David, Evan,
Jeremy, Kristy, Matthew, Melissa, and Nikki; 12 great-grandchildren; as well
as his extended family.
Friends may call at the Dapson Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St.,
Rhinebeck, on Friday, March 3, from 5 to 8 pm. Funeral
services will be held at the Third Lutheran Church at 31 Livingston St.,
Rhinebeck, on Saturday, March 4, at 11 am. Burial
with Military Honors will be in the Rhinebeck Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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