In Memory of Robert G. Chamberlain

Rob Chamberlain passed away on February 25, 2009, at the age of 56, after a short illness. He was a 1970 graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Landscape Architecture.

He was very active in the two communities he loved so much. He was a former Boy Scout leader for many years in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. He was a member of the Historical Society of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow and was a past president in the mid 1990’s. He was a member of the Sleepy Hollow Society, which was the instrumental vehicle in getting the name changed from North Tarrytown to Sleepy Hollow on December 10, 1996 in a Village referendum. He was member of the Tarrytown Beautification Committee and was well known for his love of nature, particularly of flowers, plants and trees. He had a gift for combining them and making a masterpiece of those with stonework, pools, walkways, driveways and was an expert in wetlands preservation.

He was born July 26, 1952 in the old Tarrytown Hospital, the son of the late John Theodore “Ted” Sr., and Francesca Seery Chamberlain, both of Ithaca, NY and later North Tarrytown (Sleepy Hollow). He was a grandson of the late Cornell Professor Robert Franklin Sr. and Mabel Sandwick Chamberlain of Ithaca, as well as the late Cornell Professor Francis J. and Honora Mc Elligott Seery of Waterbury, CT, and later of Ithaca.

He is survived by his oldest brother John “Ted” Chamberlain Jr. and family of Riverdale, NY; Seer Chamberlain and his family of Penn Yan, NY; Dan and Iris Chamberlain of Wingdale, NY and his sister, Kate Chamberlain and her husband, Howard Samuelsson of New York City. He is also survived by his many friends, and his companion of 13 years, Nancy Higgons, of Sleepy Hollow.

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