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Robert Francis McQueeny

Robert Francis McQueeny of New Milford died peacefully on Thursday surrounded by family from the progression of pancreatic cancer. He was 61.

Robert worked for many years as a mechanic and technician for the Bergen County Police Department; a maintenance superintendent for the Borough of Tenafly; residential superintendent at Tenafly House, the borough's senior housing development; and the Oradell Department of Public Works, in addition to running his own gardening and landscaping businesses. He was also a member of the Tenafly Lion's Club.

By anyone's account, Robert was a colorful figure in Tenafly, the borough he worked, and in Oradell, the borough he grew up in with his four older brothers.

From the various trucks he owned over the years, Robert would say "hello" to friends and acquaintances that he would pass in the towns with a loud and probably illegal "Ah-Ooga" diesel air-horn installed in all of them. It remains a mystery to this day how he kept his beloved German shepherd "Duke" from leaping out the truck window with those many cab-shaking air blasts.

Robert used those same trucks to help everyone and anyone who asked him for help, from the countless moves by members of his large family to the quiet, unspoken help he gave to so many in need-- especially the senior citizens he took under his care.

Not too long ago, as superintendent, Robert rushed into a flaming apartment before the fire department could arrive to rescue a senior tenant whom he believed was trapped inside. First responders had to bring him to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. He waived off any effort to present him an honorary commendation, utterly convinced that is what every person would do under the circumstances. "She was somebody's mother!" he said at the time.

Most recently, Robert took particular pride in receiving his 34th year sobriety pin from Alcoholics Anonymous, and the private joy he shared in the many lives he selflessly and anonymously bettered, at any time or night, as their sobriety sponsors.

Robert is survived by his wife, Felicia; three brothers, James and his wife, Mary Amoroso, of Mahwah; William of Woodbourne, New York; and Kevin and his wife, Cynthia of Bergenfield.

A brother, John, and his parents, James of Ballinamore, County Leitrim in Ireland, and Mary Brady of Brockton, Massachusetts, predeceased him.

In addition to the legion of friends he leaves behind, Robert is also survived by nephews Tom: Matthew and wife Melany of Sparta, their son, Liam; Michael and wife Amanda Curley, of Westfield, their daughters, Eloise and Madeline; and a niece, Maeve.

A memorial gathering is to be held next month.
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