Official Obituary of

Robert J. Privler

March 16, 1947 ~ March 4, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Robert Privler Obituary

Albany - Robert Joel Privler (Bob or R.J.) 76, of Albany most recently of Guilderland, passed away peacefully Monday morning March 4th 2024 at Albany medical center hospital in the loving embrace of his son after a brief illness. 

Born in Albany March 16th 1947 Robert was the loving son of the late Arthur Abraham and Ida Saltzman Privler. Raised and educated in Albany, Robert attended the former School number 8, 18, Hackett Middle School and was a graduate of Albany High School class of 1965. He thereafter attended Hudson Valley Community College in Troy where he took up applied nuclear science and physics. Subsequent personal and familial obligations directed Robert forward on his career path. With an inherited, fierce and unwavering work ethic, Robert throughout his life fearlessly took up menial, labor intensive and strenuous jobs in efforts to support himself, his children and family. His wide and varied work career took him through many facets of industry and commerce. He had been employed during the initial construction of the Empire State plaza, worked as a steel cutter and shipper at Bethlehem steel, was a dock worker at Railway Express and the former A &P Warehouse, was a longshoreman at the Port of Albany, among many others. Robert used his immense intellectual gifts and wisdom to build himself an impressive entrepreneurial resume. 

He was the owner and operator of several enterprises throughout the capital region at various times including Kabob's Crazy Sub shop, Special T publishing company, C-esta sleep products, New York Payphone and American Domestic Construction Consultants, the latter of which was responsible for renovating homes throughout the area and building a beautiful residence in glenmont, among various other endeavors to numerous to mention here. His intrepid understanding of business, commerce and marketplace technologies enabled him to single-handedly establish two leading technological and cutting edge companies in the early 1980s,  N. R. G. & Sun, a domestic solar energy panel corporation, and All Seasons Thermaglaze Corporation, an industry leading & successful thermal insulated window business, both well before such technologies became as mainstream as they are today. He employed hundreds of persons during this time and was known by all to be exceptionally knowledgeable, resourceful, accommodating, fair and honest. A consummate salesman, he had no peer and subsequent engagements with other employers always found him as the leading salesperson within each endeavor. He also for a while worked at the New York State Assembly. Ever a compassionate, loving and caring soul, Robert often put many others including his family well before himself when it came to financial, psychological and emotional support. He was responsible for establishing several local groups including Al-Anon and AA chapters, when he saw how those problems affected others that he cared for and loved. In this capacity and many others, throughout his life he personally mentored hundreds of people locally and abroad. 

While sitting with his father, then a proud world war II veteran nearing his passing, Robert watched as the world trade center fell on September 11th 2001. Resolved to dedicate his services and support to the men and women of the New York City fire and police departments, and after denying his son's request to join in helping after the tragedy, he himself went down to offer assistance in the recovery efforts, grief counseling and material working support. With his inherent and ever-present modesty it wasn't until 2017, when a rare cancer appeared and was removed that anyone in the family including his own son knew of his heroics. Due to his exposure during those times Robert suffered four additional malignancies that he stoically endured and selflessly never complained about. To the contrary he often remarked that he was " honored to do it, and would do it again" if given another opportunity

Robert enjoyed singing and musical arts throughout his life and was a regular performer with his musical band locally, " The Grapes of Rath" during the 1960s. He had special interests in gardening, politics, writing, spirituality, religion, math, science, antiques and Asian art, history in general as well as family genealogy and enjoyed regularly attending estate sales and public auctions. 

He was absolute and unwavering American Patriot and loved his country dearly. A dedicated family man, he had a great passion for spending time with his children, grandson, extended family and many friends, some of which he mourned. Understandably so, his passing leaves a gaping void in the hearts of the many lives of which he touched and his shoes will never be filled. Robert was a former longtime member of Temple Israel of Albany, and also a longtime member of the Independent Benevolent Society of Guilderland.

 He was predeceased by his parents, many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by wife, Terri of Guilderland, his brother Irvin Privler of Blue Point N.Y., his daughter Kimberly Privler of Buffalo, his son Jason Privler of Albany, former spouses Libby and Marion, the mothers of his children, Grandson Austin Raabe, of Nashville T.N., his niece Rachel and nephew David Privler of NYC and N.J. respectively. Also many beloved cousins and friends. 

Funeral services will take place at the Independent Benevolent Society Cemetery, Fuller road, Guilderland, Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.. A brief graveside service and burial will then be observed, with Rabbi Moshe E. Bomzer officiating.

 A period of mourning will then be observed at 163 Princetown Rd Rotterdam, NY 12306, starting Wednesday March 6th, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday March 7th, noon to 4:45 p.m., Friday March 8th, noon to 4:45 p.m. Sunday March 10th, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Monday March 11th, noon to 4:45 p.m.

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