Albert Rubbert passed away after a brief illness on February 9, 2018. He is pre-deceased by his parents Otto and Helen (nee Steinberg) and brother Otto and niece Linda Fortman. He is survived by his beloved wife of over 64 years Patricia (Burke) known to all as "Beans". There are six surviving children, Bill (Diane) Rick, Pati, Chris (Lisa), Kathy (Larry) and Ed (Elisa) and several grandchildren including Devin and Edward McGuinness, Melissa and Jessy Rubbert, Lauren Wells and step grandchildren, Christina Gibson, Christy and Michael Bamberger, David Wells, Marc and Mick Robbins.
Al was a phenomenal athlete at Cliffside Park H.S. excelling in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was known to go from the baseball field and then run the 100 yd dash. He earned an athletic scholarship to Muhlenberg College and played in the prestigious National Invitation Tournament (NIT) which at the time was more notable than the NCAA Tournament and March Madness. He later played professional football and basketball. He then served proudly in the Army Paratroopers, 82nd Airborne. He then served in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the early 50's as an undercover operative in Eastern Europe.
He began a career in Public Transportation as the General Manager in the Port Authority of NY & NJ during the 1970's. Albert was one of the six Founding Fathers of NJ Transit which became the model of public transportation in the 1990's. As a high level executive at all of his jobs he always had time to say "hi" and "how are you" to receptionists, janitors and secretaries, etc. He was not only a gentleman but a "Gentle Man".
He was known by all as having a great sense of humor, a smile for everyone and the life of the party. He and his wife travelled extensively throughout their lives alone and with good friends. He will be dearly missed by all that were lucky enough to know him.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 am on Wednesday, February 14 at St. Augustine's Church, 114 S. Main Street, New City, NY. Burial will be in Frederick Loescher Veterans Cemetery, New Hempstead.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, February 13th from 4 - 9 pm at the Joseph W. Sorce F.H. Inc.,
728 West Nyack Rd., West Nyack, NY. 10994 (845) 358-4433 www.sorcefuneralhome.com
In Lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in Albert's memory to St. Judes Children's Hospital P.O. Box 100 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or visit the website www.stjude.org.