Robert Mireski, age 61, of Mount Olive, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2021, peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family. Robert was born May 19, 1959, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Joyce Mireski and the late Robert “Butch” Mireski.
Bob grew up in many towns across New Jersey, but he considered Peapack-Gladstone to be his home. He was a star athlete growing up. He played basketball and football at the highest level and broke many state and school records. Bob continued his football career at Kutztown University, where he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Following college, many NFL teams recruited Bob, including the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Green Bay Packers. He played with the Green Bay Packers, spent time with the New Jersey Generals, and continued to play softball and basketball as he grew older. When his three girls arrived, Bob devoted all of his time to their sporting events and even a few dance recitals! He made some of his best friends at the girls’ games and met many great families who are lifelong friends.
When Bob was diagnosed with cancer in June 2019, he never let it bring down his positive spirits. He worked every day to get better, and in typical Bob fashion, he still put everyone before him. After his spine surgery, Bob was paralyzed from the waist down. His time at Kessler Rehab Center in the summer of 2019 was Bob’s most challenging battle. He woke up every day determined to walk again, and he motivated everyone around him to feel the same way. After months of hard work while still battling his cancer – he walked out of Kessler with a standing ovation. They called him Mr. 1%, and even when Bob graduated from Kessler, he kept in contact with friends he made there to help them with their journeys.
Bob shared inspiring messages through his aptly-named Instagram account, “Bob’s Motivation”. He motivated more people than he knew – from his time in sports to going to his daughters’ games and the friends he met along the way. Bob was a man of few words, but those he shared were always positive, optimistic, and wise. Bob was full of life. He loved vacationing with his family and friends – including visits to Lake Ariel with his family growing up, shore trips to LBI, and going on cruises and to Miami. He loved to spend time going out on the boat, playing roulette (17 black), watching game shows, and feeding animals, especially deer, in his backyard. He loved family BBQs, lottery tickets (especially scratch-offs), his workouts at Golds Gym, his special chair in the corner of the pool, and all things sports. But there was nothing Bob loved more than his family. He always went above and beyond for everyone. He was a gentle giant, a true girl dad, and an all-around amazing guy. Bob’s presence may be gone, but the mark he left and his positive spirit lives on forever.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years Dawn Mireski, daughters Morgan Mireski, Cassie Mireski, Hailey Mireski, son in law Jaren Sina, his soon-to-arrive first grandson Brayden Robert Sina, mother Joyce Mireski, brothers David Mireski and Michael Mireski, sister Kim Mott, brother and sister in laws: Dana Herbert, Andy Herbert, Sharon Mireski and Mike Pocquat, mother in law, Kay Diedrich, nieces, and nephews: Emily Mott, Cody Mott, Zach Herbert, Alex Herbert, Michael Mireski, Tegan Tishey and Mykaela Pocquat.
A celebration of life will be held on Monday, June 28, at Cochran Funeral Home in Hackettstown, NJ, from 9:30 to 11: 30 AM, followed by a funeral service at 11:30 AM, with Pastor Mario Spadaro officating.