Robert Henckel

Robert G. Henckel

1933 - 2023

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GREENVILLE – Robert G. “Bob” Henckel Sr. passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2023.

            Bob was born in Queens to George and Barbara Bonn Henckel.  He met his childhood sweetheart, “Mimi” in Richmond Hill at age 9, and they married in 1950.  Bob and Mimi were married for 69 years and raised their two children in Westbury.  In retirement, they had a camp in the Adirondacks and a home in Queensbury.  They enjoyed many happy years there with family and friends.  After Bob lost his beloved Mimi, he moved to Greenville to be closer to his daughter and granddaughters.  Bob made many friends in his new community.

            Bob served his country in the National Guard, 42nd Rainbow Division during the Korean War.  He worked for the New York Times as an electrician for over 30 years and was a proud member of the Electrician’s Union.

            Bob was an avid outdoorsman since his youth.  He enjoyed hiking, fishing, mountain climbing, and canoeing.  He climbed the Catskills in his youth and was very proud to be a 46er, climbing all the peaks of the Adirondacks.  He was a Boy Scout, Scout Master, volunteer fireman, and a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club.  He taught his children, grandchildren, and great-grandson to appreciate nature, teaching them to hike, camp, fish, and canoe.

            To his grandchildren, Bob was also known as the “Cookie Monster”, sneaking them cookies before meals.  He would tell stories to his children and grandchildren about the Gnomes that lived in the woods.  He loved nature and animals, especially his dogs.  Bob also loved music and had a lovely voice.  He played the guitar, mandolin, “Fiddle”, and harmonica.  For many years, he and Mimi were square dancers and also loved ballroom dancing.

            Survivors are his son, Robert “Bobby” Henckel Jr. and wife, Robin Richards; daughter Kathleen “Cassie” Henckel Malone and husband, Jack Malone; grandchildren, Jessica Malone Stauffer and husband, Marc Stauffer, Sean Malone, Kelly Malone Mann and husband, Harold Mann; great-grandson, Jack Stauffer; step-grandchildren, Laura Malone Navatta and Karen Malone; sister-in-law, Jo Meagher Nelson.  Bob was predeceased by his wife, Miriam “Mimi” Meagher Henckel; his parents; and brother, Edmond Henckel.

            Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Thursday, October 26th at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Knock Shrine, 2052 State Route 145, East Durham, NY 12423.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Adirondack Mountain Club in Queensbury, NY.  Condolence page is available at



Memorial Mass

11:00 am
Thursday, October 26, 2023
Our Lady of Knock Shrine
2052 State Route 145
East Durham, New York, United States