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MELTZER--Robert Michael,

73, born September 26, 1943, of Southampton, NY, died suddenly and peacefully on Wednesday, April 19. Born in Brooklyn, he is the son of of the late Abe and Florence (Seaman) Meltzer. He graduated from Boston University in 1965 and immediately married his college sweetheart Meryl Helsel. Their love and devotion to one another for nearly 52 years made them a perfect couple in the eyes of many. Soon after their wedding, Bob went to work for Triangle Pacific Corporation which was founded by his father, Abe Meltzer. At Triangle, he built up their division of kitchen cabinet manufacturing to become the largest in the United States. He moved his young family and that division to Dallas, TX in 1974 where soon after he commissioned Charles Gwathmey to build the corporate headquarters. At that time he served as trustee of the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies which was an important architectural think tank in New York. There he befriend many of the most renowned architects of the time. He was also a trustee of the Dallas Museum of Art and helped direct their move from Fair Park to downtown Dallas. In 1981, he retired as President of Triangle Pacific and moved to Manhattan. Soon thereafter, he acquired the Miami Carey Corporation in Middletown, OH in a leverage buyout. After seven years of building that company he the sold it in 1989. He was the former President and Chairman of the American Federation of the Arts and a longtime board member of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. In addition he served on the board of the Peconic Land Trust where he shared and developed his passion for the preservation of landscapes. A generous and dedicated husband, father and grandfather, he took great joy and pride in keeping his family close and together. Loved and cherished father to his daughter, Sara Meltzer, son, Neal Meltzer, daughter-in-law, Graciela (Braslavsky) Meltzer, the most loved and special Papa to his extraordinary grandchildren, Marley and Sam Meltzer and Stella and Max Ames. He will be deeply missed by his sister, Gale Meltzer Brudner and Dan Tzivanis and his brother, Bruce Meltzer and Diane Lederman. He was the brother of the late Irving Meltzer and brother-in-law to the late Eileen Helsel Swartz. And, a beloved uncle, cousin and friend to many. Bob was a man of impeccable taste, great curiosity and deep passions for art, travel, architecture and the landscape; he devoted many hours to his treasured garden. Whatever he applied himself to he did so with the greatest intensity. He lived life to the fullest in every way and believed in spending each day learning and experiencing more and surrounding himself with those he loved. His kindness and generosity touched the lives of all of those who knew him. He will be deeply missed. A private funeral service will be held on Friday, April 21 at 11am at Congregation Emanu-El of New York City. The family will be sitting shiva at their apartment on: Saturday, April 22 (7:30pm-10pm), Sunday, April 23 (2pm-6pm), and Monday, April 24 (7pm-9pm). Contributions in Bob's memory can be made to the Peconic Land Trust of Southampton, New York.

Published by New York Times on Apr. 21, 2017.
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RIP Bobby. Just found this. I was part of the team that started Triangle with Bobby. Condolences to the family.
Gene Kirk
August 23, 2021
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Our sympathies are with your family.
Karin and Ron Artinian
May 17, 2017
Dear Merl-with our greatest sympathy. We remember fondly our end of season Margarita parties-Dan Virnich& Susan Lynch
April 29, 2017
Dear Meryl,
My heart aches for the pain you and your family are going through. Bob was a friend to all and he will be sorely missed. You both had so many genuine friends and such a wonderful family. It seems impossible that Bob is gone. You both were always so full of life, so vibrant, so fun-loving, so healthy. His passing so quickly is a shock for all. He will be sorely missed.But he will also be remembered by all.
I will be thinking of you and hoping each day gets easier. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Fondly, Clare
April 29, 2017
Dear Meryl. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Bobby and I met in our teens when his family moved to great neck. We saw each other in Dallas back in the eighties, and lost touch with the exception of a few phone calls. He was a good friend and a good person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peter Levy
Peter Levy
April 22, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss.I am sure you have fantastic memories that will always and all ways be in your heart and soul.May you continue to have love and support surrounding you. Take good care.
Margie Raitman
April 22, 2017
Meryl, I am very sad for your loss. I send my most heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Lee Freund
April 22, 2017
My dearest sweet family, I remember our last days skiing just weeks ago. We were making plans for a trip to japan, and Bob was going to make the plans. we were so excited about it. Alberto and I love you and your family so very much. I send you all our love. we send you our deepest condolences. Susan and Alberto and Chris.
susan sanchez
April 21, 2017
Dear Meryl and family. So sad to hear of your loss. I worked for Bob at Triangle and moved with you all to Dallas in 1974. Please know that you have been added to our prayers. Ed Loos
April 21, 2017
Dear Meryl and family - I am so very sad to learn of your sudden loss. Having spent time with Bob just 12 days ago, he was grateful and happy in life, and loved you all. Please know that you are very much in my thoughts during this difficult time. I will miss his counsel and friendship.
John Halsey
April 20, 2017
I was saddened to hear the news of Bobby Meltzer's sudden passing. I knew him as Bobby. We met when we were children when my dad Sol, who was his father Abe's lawyer, was advising him about a property he was buying at Kings Point. When my dad visited Abe, I'd hang out with Bobby, since he was closest among his siblings to my age. We lost track of each other in our teens after my dad died, but about ten years ago, I discovered he had a home not far from us on Long Island. So I gave him a call and he graciously invited my husband and I for a visit. What stands out about that day is his and Meryl's warm hospitality and their magnificent gardens, which Bobby was so pleased to show us. I extend my deepest condolences to Meryl, his children and grandchildren, his siblings Bruce and Gale, and all the members of their families.
Ellen Pearlman
April 20, 2017
Our sincere condolences to the Meltzer Family.
David & Linna Sica
April 20, 2017
I am so sorry for the family's loss. You may find comfort through prayer and God's loving promise found at John 6:40.
April 20, 2017
We will miss our treasured friend and all the good times in Dallas and most recently again in New York. Our love is steadfast with his beloved family. Mary and Phil Foote
Mary Foote
April 19, 2017
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