Robert M. Haft, originally from New York City, passed away at his home in Exeter, NH on November 1 at the age of 87 with his dog Winston by his side. Bob is survived by his children, Tim and Melissa, his grandchildren, Brent and Margaux, and his brother Norman. Vivian, his wife of more than 60 years, passed away on December 15, 2016.
Bob was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from the Birch Wathen School in Manhattan and in 1951 completed his bachelors of arts degree at Lehigh University where he played number one singles on the varsity tennis team. Bob subsequently finished his law degree at New York University before embarking on a long and storied legal career that included serving for more than 20 years as a Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York.
After retiring from the bench, Bob and his wife Vicky moved to Portsmouth, NH where they resided for a number of years before moving to the Riverwoods Retirement Community in Exeter, NH.
In addition to playing competitive tennis, Bob was an avid golfer and pickleball player and, in his younger years, an accomplished marathoner. Bob had too many hobbies to name, but he was especially fond of collecting wine, singing in the RiverWoods choir, gardening, playing guitar, and cheering for his beloved Lehigh University Mountainhawks, especially in wrestling and football.
In addition to his beloved family, Bob was especially fond of his furry four-legged companions, the last four of which were King Charles Cavalier Spaniels: Kipper, Mr. Chips, Billy Budd, and Winston.
As some of you know, our dad was planning to relocate to Bethlehem, PA just after Thanksgiving. My sis and I were thrilled because Bethlehem is a whole lot closer to NYC than New Hampshire and after losing our mom last December we wanted to spend as much time with our dad as possible.
Bob lived his life full throttle and inspired those around him to do the same. His message was clearly to live life to the fullest and don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today unless it involves paying bills.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club or the Seacoast Repertory Theatre.
A brief graveside service will take place on Sunday, November 5 at 11am at Exeter Cemetery on Linden Street followed by an informal noon reception and toast at the Great Bay Room at RiverWoods Retirement Community (7 Riverwoods Driveâ€‹, Exeter NHâ€‹). A light lunch will be served.