Robert (Bob) Allan Bockstiegel, of North Carolina, formerly of Montclair, died on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, after a fierce fight with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Bockstiegel lived most of his life in Montclair but had recently moved to be with family in North Carolina. He had just celebrated his 64th birthday.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m, at the Central Presbyterian Church in Montclair. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Central Presbyterian’s music program, in memory of one who lived his life in love of music.
Mr. Bockstiegel was born in 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest son of the late Rev. Edwin Bockstiegel (former Reverend of the Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair) and the late Dorothy (Dottie) Bockstiegel, nee Johnson.
He attended Missouri Valley College, transferred to Montclair State University, where he received his bachelors of arts degree in speech and theatre in 1977. For many years he worked with the Montclair Women’s Club, and more recently also with Reckitt Benckiser. He was a deacon of the Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair, and was an integral part of their music and volunteer programs.
Mr. Bockstiegel lived his life in music and the love of performing, he sang, played banjo and guitar. He was part of the Masterworks Chorus at MSU with whom he performed at Carnegie Hall. He also participated in plays and concerts with friends at the Union Congregational Church, and his non-profit folk music group The Foggy-Minded Boys.
He was a tireless volunteer from a young age, working with his father and the youth programs in his church; more recently running the Central Presbyterian Talent Show, Annual Picnic, and Thanksgiving Dinner.
Mr. Bockstiegel is survived by his siblings: Bruce (Marsh) Bockstiegel, Carol (Kawecki) Akers, Cathi Chapman, and Karen Ellery; his stepbrother Peter Gibson and stepsister Lisa Locke; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; cousins; and friends.