Longtime Scarsdale resident Robert S. Stimpson passed away peacefully on Oct. 5 at Calvary Hospital. He was 91 years old.
Born in White Plains on July 26, 1928 to the late Dr. Charles Henry Stimpson and Marian Gregory Stimpson, Mr. Stimpson graduated from Hartwick College in 1957 and served as a corporal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Japan during the Korean War. He married the late Catharine P. Stimpson (Pat) in 1956, and their marriage of 48 years was a celebration of love, family, community and faith. Their life was centered in Scarsdale, where they raised their children: Robert Stimpson Jr., Madeleine Melkonian (John) and the late Christopher Stimpson.
According to his family, Mr. Stimpson’s life was characterized by warmth, generosity and a deep loyalty to those he loved. They said he greeted everyone with a smile and twinkle in his eyes, a friendly word and genuine goodwill. During his life, Mr. Stimpson faced many difficult challenges, meeting them with equal parts grit, determination, faith, humility and humor, and no one was exempt from his charm, optimism and kindness.
Mr. Stimpson’s greatest joy was his family, they said, and he delighted in his grandchildren Michael, Katherine (Katie) and Matthew Melkonian, who adored their “beloved ‘Oom-pah-pah.’
Mr. Stimpson was a devout Catholic and devoted parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale for more than 50 years. He served as a trustee, Eucharistic minister, leader of song, led the parish Cardinal’s Appeal, and could be found in the rectory each Sunday counting the collection for many years.
He also supported numerous charities, particularly ones committed to serving the sick in health and spirit, the orphaned and abandoned, and the poor. He served the Arthur Manor Association, the Scarsdale Town and Village Civic Club and coached softball. He spent his career in merchandising, working for Frederick Atkins Wholesale Corp. for many years until his retirement.
In addition to his children and grandchildren, Mr. Stimpson is survived by his brother, the Rev. Peter Stimpson and his wife Lauren, his sister Maureen Cobb, and 10 nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister Florence Downs and brother Charles Stimpson, and his stepmother Ina Stimpson.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home, 824 Scarsdale Ave. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 8 Carman Road, followed by interment at White Plains Rural Cemetery, 167 N Broadway in White Plains.