Robert Wolf Stubbs
Robert “Bob” Wolf Stubbs passed away peacefully January 18, 2020 at the age of 85. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Rosie; his children, John (Denise Dabrowski), Charity (Lee Guzofski), and Grant; his two grandsons, Leighton and Harrison; along with his siblings, Bill (Marilyn), Jacqueline, and Sharon, and countless friends and associates. Nothing made him happier than being “Tampaw” to Leighton and Harrison. He loved spending time with friends and family at his home in Amelia Island, Fla., his beloved Windham, N.Y. cabin, or the original residence in Ridgewood, N.J.
Bob was born August 30, 1934 in St. Louis, Mo. As a young man, he took engineering classes at Washington University night school for four years. His employer, Wagner Electric, sent him to an accelerated machine design course where he was selected Apprentice of the Year and given an all-expense-paid trip to New York City. One morning, this 19-year-old from Missouri walked into a TV studio near Rockefeller Center and talked his way into being interviewed live on the Today Show.
At Spaulding Fibre, a leather and fiberboard company, Bob became one of the top salespeople, eventually earning more than his boss and his boss’ boss. It was more than the company wanted to pay him, so he resigned in 1968 and started his own company, Tri-Continental Leasing. Tri-Con leased anything that could produce income and at one point owned the largest herd of cows in Missouri. In 1975, when Bob sold Tri-Con to Yegen Associates, he and Rosie moved to Ridgewood, N.J. In 1984, he bought Tri-Con back from Yegen and eventually sold it to Bell Atlantic, where he continued to lead the company to outstanding success. From 1989 to 1991, Bob was chairman of the Equipment Leasing Association.
After he left Bell Atlantic in 1993, not yet ready to retire, Bob started RWS Investments, making angel investments across many industries long before it was popular. During this time, he served on many corporate boards and acted as an advisor to numerous executives and entrepreneurs. It was only after many successful years of such work that he was ready to retire with Rosie in 2004 to Amelia Island, where he continued to evaluate investments and manage his own portfolio.
Bob supported many charitable causes and cultural organizations, not only financially but with boundless energy and time. Dearest to his heart was the Adaptive Sports Foundation in Windham and the Wounded Warriors Project. He also supported Manhattan College, the Roundabout Theatre Company, the Valley Hospital, the Salvation Army, and Land and Waters to name a few.
Bob believed strongly in a positive mental attitude. He touched many lives and leaves a legacy of love, leadership, kindness, generosity, and most importantly, the power of positive thinking!
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the following organizations:
• Adaptive Sports Foundation at adaptivesportsfoundation.org
• Pathfinder Village at pathfindervillage.org
• The Valley Hospital Foundation at 223 N. Van Dien Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450