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Robert E. VAN ETTEN Sr.

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Robert E. Sr., of Tenafly, on June 30, 2014. Beloved husband of Teresa (nee Martin). Devoted father of Robert Edward Jr. and David Arthur. Dear brother of Elaine Mc Cool. "Bob" was born on October 24th, 1943 in the Bronx where he grew up as the youngest of five children. Bob attended Manhattan Prep and later graduated from Manhattan College in 1965. Immediately following college Bob served in the United States Army. Bob then began a 30 year career in Federal Law Enforcement starting with a two year assignment in the IRS intelligence Division and continuing on to US Customs Service reaching the position of Special Agent in Charge of New York and New Jersey where he founded FLEO (Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association). Bob completed his 47-year law enforcement career serving as the Inspector General of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the last 17 years. Bob was a staunch supporter of both the Yankees and Giants and shared many fond memories in connection with both teams with his family. We are going to miss you Dad. The Funeral Mass Thursday 1 PM at Mt Carmel Church 10 County Road Tenafly. Interment private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in memory of Robert E. Van Etten at or the wounded warrior project and Arrangements by Barrett Funeral Home Tenafly.
Published in The Record/Herald News on July 2, 2014
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