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Robert Milroy

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 Rhinebeck.

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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