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Robert Marshall Hook, age 88, of River Plaza, died on January 4, 2019.

Born in Cambridge, MA, he attended schools in Watertown, MA, Dover, NH, Bradord, MA and Waltham, MA, where he graduated from high school.  He received his BA degree from Tufts University, Medford, MA, and his MBA from Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ.

Growing up he attended Boy Scout camps and spent many years as a staff member and boat pilot for the Merrimack Valley YMCA Camp Lawrence on Bear Island on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH.

He was married in 1954 to the late Alice (Graham) Hook in Waverly, MA, and resided in Shrewsbury, Moorestown, and Pennington before settling in Middletown in 1962.  In the mid 1950’s – 1960’s he worked in the Disbursement Accounting Office of the NJ Bell Telephone Co and retired from the Treasurer’s Office of the NJ Institute of Technology in 1993.

He was a member of a Naval Reserve Unit in Boston and Newark for eight years and took many of their training courses.

He was an active parent in his children’s activities, including the YMCA Indian Guide program, Boy Scout Troop 32 where he was treasurer for several years, and the River Plaza Little League baseball teams.  He took great pride in his children and his grandchildren and always enjoyed watching them participate in their sporting events.  He was a member of the UMC of Red Bank and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Lunch Break in Red Bank.

He was an active member of the USCG Auxiliary, Flotilla 26 from Monmouth Beach, NJ, did safety patrols and Vessel Examinations and taught their Boating Safety program to the sophomore class at the Marine and Science Technology school (M.A.S.T.) out at Sandy Hook for more than 18 years, and also taught Water and Kids Boating Program to the kindergarteners and third graders in five local schools.

He enjoyed the beach and boating and after retirement he and his wife took many trips together throughout New England and took many cruises.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Ruth Hook, and his wife of 57 years, Alice Graham Hook.  He is survived by his daughter Laurel J. Hook of Hillsborough; sons, David G. Hook and his wife Judy of Keyport, and Keith R. Hook and h is wife Linda of Hillsborough; and his grandsons, Colin J. and Adam R., of Hillsborough.  Also surviving are his cousins, Richard W. Hook in California and Ronald G. Hook in New Hampshire.

Visitation will be on Thursday, January 10th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank.  A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 11th at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Red Bank, 247 Broad St, Red Bank.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to:  Merrimac Valley YMCA.

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