Robert L. Conkling, 92, died at home on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, in Larchmont, NY. The cause of death was prostate cancer. He was married for 53 years to Sylvia Hoban Alexander Conkling, his true love, who died in 2000. Bob and Sally met by chance one stormy night on a night train from Pennsylvania Station to Philadelphia during WWII (a story he loved to tell) and were married in East Hampton, NY in 1947. They established their home in Larchmont, NY, in 1954, where they raised their six children.
Bob graduated from Manhattan College in 1939, was a member of the men’s track team, became its captain, and was inducted into the Manhattan College Hall of Fame in 1991. Bob served as executive officer in the United States Navy from 19421946 aboard the U.S.S. Tattnall and the U.S.S. Amick. He participated in the Invasion of Southern France, was awarded numerous decorations, including two bronze stars.
He graduated from Fordham Law School in 1949 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1950. Bob spent his entire career at the Manhattan law firm of Bleakley, Platt, et al., rising to managing partner.He was a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (President, 1976-1977); past president of the Larchmont Babe Ruth League and the University Club of Larchmont.
Bob is survived and deeply missed by his family: Robert, Jr., Peter (Nancy), Christopher (Ms. Simon McQueen), John, Jamie (Lillibeth), and Elise Galgano (Al) and his four grandchildren: John Granata, James Granata, Heather Conkling, Peter Conkling and one great grand-daughter: Jessica Conkling.
Viewing at John J. Fox Funeral Home, Inc. in Larchmont on Monday, December 27 from 2-7 p.m. Mass at St. Augustine’s Church, Larchmont on Tuesday, December 28, at 10 a.m. Donations can be made in his memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Westchester, NY. JOHN J. FOX FUNERAL HOME, INC. 2080 Boston Post Road Larchmont, NY 10538, (914) 834-0144, www.jjffh.com