On Sunday, October 1, 2023, Green Brook lost one of its cherished residents. Robert George Pfister Sr., at the age of 76, peacefully departed from this world at his home, surrounded by the love and warmth of his family.
Robert's life journey began in Perth Amboy, NJ. He spent his formative years in Rocky Hill, NJ and later lived in North Plainfield. Ultimately, he chose Green Brook as his home, where he lived for 39 cherished years.
His pursuit of knowledge led him to the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, where he achieved a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Not one to rest on his laurels, he furthered his education by securing a master's degree in computer science from the esteemed Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.
An engineer to his core, Robert embarked on a remarkable career journey with Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill. His professional trajectory witnessed the evolution from Bell Labs to AT&T and subsequently to Lucent. He dedicated his final eight professional years to R.R. Bowker in Chatham, leaving a legacy in the development of new cell phone technologies.
Outside his professional realm, Robert was a man of varied interests. He passionately built model cars and ardently cheered for the NY Yankees. Music flowed through his veins; his skills on the guitar and his love for diverse musical genres are testimony to this. True to his engineering spirit, he often found solace in building and refurbishing computers. However, the anchor of his life was the countless moments he shared with his family and friends, cherishing every memory created.
In life's journey, Robert was preceded by his brother, Donald Pfister. Today, he leaves behind a rich legacy. Mourning his loss are his devoted wife of 55 years, Jean Pfister, and their four children: Shari Muho (George), Robert Jr. (Jennifer), Michael (Raquel), and Thomas (Marlaina). Robert's legacy also shines brightly through his ten grandchildren: George, Emma, Jake, John, Audrey, Chelsea (V), Allison, Joseph, Anna Lynne, and Austin. His love will also be fondly remembered by his three great-grandchildren: Jayden, Carmelo, and Destiny.
To honor Robert's life and memory, the family encourages friends and relatives to plant a tree in his name. Cremation services were held in private, respecting the wishes of the family.