Robert Shine
Robert Shine

Obituary of Robert Waldron Shine

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The Shine family is saddened to announce the passing of Robert Waldron Shine, who died at home on December 29, 2021, at the age of 95.


Bob was born on February 23, 1926, in Metuchen NJ, the youngest of 4 children of Edward and Margaret (Waldron) Shine. He grew up during the Depression, with a love of movies and sports and a penchant for sketching cartoons in the margins of his school papers. One memorable summer when he was 10, he watched the former champion St. Louis Cardinals lose (!) an off-season exhibition game to the local Metuchen Baseball Club. He became an ardent Cardinals fan, following the games via newspaper and radio broadcasts, recording every pitch and hit.


Toward the end of WWII, he was drafted into the US Navy Seabees. He was deployed to Guam and Okinawa, part of the survey team preparing for troop arrivals and then rebuilding once the war was over. He proudly wore his Seabees hat everywhere and was happy to get thanks for his service from other tourists, shopkeepers and people on the street.


After leaving the service, Bob studied Industrial Design at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. He worked for Construction Specialties in Cranford, NJ and then for most of his career as a salesman for NYMMCO Inc. in Fairfield, NJ. 


Bob was a photographer and watercolor artist, with a lifelong fascination with people and stories. Traveling with him was always an experience. With a camera around his neck and a sense of curiosity about everything, sometimes a simple walk could take forever but always ended with stories and photographs and often new friends. His paintings and photographs have won numerous awards in art exhibitions across New Jersey.


Nothing was more important to Bob than family. In 1961, he met his future wife Mary on a trip with the Plainfield Ski Club, when they got stranded in a snowstorm and ended up skiing together on the shut-down NY Thruway. Bob and Mary made a true home for the family in Packanack Lake in Wayne, NJ where they lived for 36 years and were surrounded by many friends, before moving to Rossmoor Village in Monroe Township in 2014.


Bob was one of the kindest people you would ever want to meet, and one of the most optimistic. He believed in the good nature of all people and always believed things would work out for the best. He would be glad to know that his family and friends are celebrating 95 years of a life well lived.


Bob is survived by his loving wife Mary J. (Collins), their four children Cindy, Eileen, Tom and Dan, son-in-law Vic, daughter-in-law Leanne, four grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers John and Edward Shine, and his sister Eleanor (Shine) O’Neill.


Bob will be honored by the Rossmoor Veterans group in a short outdoor ceremony in front of the Shine’s home on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 9:00am. A private service for the family will follow at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction NJ, followed by a burial with military honors at 12:30pm at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, PO Box 2433, Wayne, NJ 07474, or online at




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