Robert Foster, 77, of Hazlet, passed away on Sunday, April 23, after a courageous battle with ALS at Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel. He was born in Newark and lived in Middletown most of his life. Bob graduated Middletown High School in 1958 where he played football and continued to play semi-pro football for the New York Giants farm team. In 1997, Bob and his son, Edward, were the first father-son duo to be inducted into the Lion Hall of Fame.
He served his community as a Middletown police officer and later worked as a dockbuilder for Local Union 1456. He was a member of the Middletown Elks for 26 years. After his retirement, they spent winters in Florida and resided in Hazlet. Bob was a devoted family man and especially loved spending time with his four grandchildren.
Robert was predeceased by his brothers, William and Jack Foster; and his sister, Patricia Foster. Surviving are his beloved wife of 56 years, Arlene; his two sons, Robert and DiAnn Foster, Eddie and Susan Foster; his grandchildren, Susan, RJ, Brittany and Eric; his great-grandchildren, Dominic and Aubrianna; his beloved dog, Teddy. Also surviving are his brother, James Foster; his sister, Maureen Doyle; his special niece, Terry; and his lifelong best friend, Buddy Hahn. Special thanks to Jackie Caddle and Andy Malinconico for there devoted time and kindness.
A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, April 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Rd., Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Robert’s name to the PALS (People with ALS) Foundation at www.joandancyandpals.org.
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