Robert "Bob" Alpert, 96, the youngest son of pioneer Johnstown, NY, merchant, Abraham Alpert, passed away on June 13 in Dallas, TX.
Bob graduated from Gloversville High School in 1935 and Dartmouth College, class of 1939. He was a decorated captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.
After the war he married Corinne "Corie" Stroock Galinger, and spent his business years in manufacturing, sales management, and industrial filmmaking.
Prior to entering the hospital on June 9, Bob celebrated his birthday week with parties, a baseball game, wine making, and feasting surrounded by his family and those he loved.
His was an old-time passing, just as one might imagine a Biblical patriarch or a Bronze Age hero, Bob was conscious, smiling, and wise to the end. He died in stunningly perfect peace within himself and with the universe.
Just before he passed away, his youngest granddaughter, Hannah, called him. To allay her fears, Bob sang in that smooth Tony Bennett voice of his an old standard made famous by Billie Holiday, "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby."
That was Bob - he was all about timing, memory, love - and spreading joy.
Bob is survived by a son, Steven G. of Dallas, TX; and granddaughters, Sarah E. (Max Olesen) of Victoria, B.C., and Hannah A. of New York, NY.
Burial will be private in Gloversville, NY.