Robert J. Haff, 81, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, in Brightview Senior Living, Wayne, NJ.
The funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, NJ on Friday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. Relatives and friends are invited to visit the funeral home Friday morning from 9 to 10 a.m.
Bob was born in Kearny raised in North Arlington, NJ. He later lived in Kearny for many years before moving to Wayne in 1988.
Shortly after graduating from North Arlington High School, Class of 1960, he entered the United States Navy and studied electricity while serving as an Electrician’s Mate aboard several U.S. submarines. After being honorably discharged in 1964 he returned to North Arlington and worked as a Milkman for Forest Dairy. Mr. Haff later was an Electrician for Myles Electric in Kearny then Corsi Electric in North Arlington. He later joined I.B.E.W. Local Union No. 164 where he worked from 1969 until 1978. It was during this time he passed the Electrical Contractors License exam. In 1978 he began his own electrical contracting company known as Haff Electric in North Arlington. He would serve as its president for the next thirty years until he retired.
Mr. Haff was a member of the North Arlington Lions Club, Kearny Optimist Club “Friend of Youth” where he was a past president and former Lieutenant Governor, a member of the Y.M.C.A. Board of West Hudson, a Volunteer Probation Officer for Hudson County Youth Division, a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association, a member of the West Hudson/South Bergen Chamber of Commerce and a member of the West Hudson Hospital Board of Governors and Past Chairman of the Board. He also loved to ski and thoroughly enjoyed the many ski trips he took with his friends from the Optimist Club.
Robert is survived by his children, Robert J. Haff, Jr. (Tara), Debra Doughty (Fred), Sean Haff and John Haff. He was the grandfather of Robert Haff, III and Casey Haff and A.J. Doughty.
He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara (Sabol) Haff on October 7, 2022.
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