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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Robert B. Kenig on January 26, 2024 in Honey Brook, PA. Bob, or “Cappy “as he was known to his grandchildren, was born on September 13, 1946 in Philadelphia, PA. to parents Morris and Anna Kenig. The family moved to Broomall in 1954, where Bob spent his formative years developing many long-lasting friendships and a love for athletics, specifically football. Bob graduated from Marple Newtown High School in 1964 and received his degree in education from Drexel University.
In 1969, Bob married the love of his life Sandy Hrin. Often known as “Saint Sandy,” they shared and incredible 54 years of marriage and had two daughters, Shannon and Stacy. Bob was a devoted father and husband. Together the family shared many adventures including trips to the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and the Jersey shore. Bob and Sandy raised their family in Broomall before moving to North Cape May, NJ in 2004. They were always welcoming hosts to family, friends, and pets. Bob often said to family members; “our house is your house.” They traveled to many places together such as Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Arizona. In 2016, Bob and Sandy moved to Honey Brook, PA to be closer to their grandchildren.
Following graduation from Drexel, Bob embarked on a teaching and coaching career that would last seven decades. He was head coach of Marple Newtown football for two different stints in the 1970s and 80s. His teams were known for the character and toughness that embodied their coach. Bob’s teams won many games including the 1977 Central League championship. Beyond the wins and losses were the cherished relationships Bob developed with his players. This could be seen as players reached out to him over the years and up until his final days.
Bob also spent time coaching at the college level with stops at Widener University, Delaware Valley University, and LaSalle University, where he was part of re-establishing a dormant program. He also coached at multiple high schools including Lower Cape May Regional (NJ), Absegami (NJ), Wildwood (NJ), and Ridley (PA) before ending his coaching career by coaching his grandsons, Austin and Hunter, at Twin Valley High School. Bob was a clinical defensive football mind known for his preparation and intensity. He published multiple books on defensive football that many coaches still use today.
In addition to family and football, Bob’s other major passion in life was fishing. Bob owned several boats over the years, including the “Saint Sandy I” and the “Saint Sandy II.” He loved nothing more than to be in the back bays of New Jersey fishing for flounder. Bob kept meticulous logs of his trips and published multiple articles on saltwater fishing. “Cappy” loved sharing his knowledge with his grandchildren and taking them on fishing adventures whenever possible.
Bob was preceded in death by father Morris Kenig, his mother Anna Kenig, and his brother Michael Kenig. He is survived by wife Sandy Kenig, daughter Stacy Dunleavy (Chris) daughter Shannon Hittle (Russ) along with his beloved grandchildren Bridget Dunleavy, Aija Dunleavy, Leo Dunleavy, Hunter Hittle, Austin Hittle, Jocelyn Hittle, and Seth Hittle.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening 6pm-8pm at Logan-Videon Funeral Home, 2001 Sproul Road, Broomall. Additional visitation will be held Thursday morning 9:30-11 at St. Pius X Church, 220 South Lawrence, Broomall, with mass to follow.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Marple Newtown Football Booster Club (Make checks payable to “MN Football Boosters” in honor of Bob Kenig, mail to: Mary Ellen Box, 54 South Greenhill Rd., Broomall, PA 19008) or the Twin Valley Football Boosters (PO Box 380, Morgantown, PA 19543).