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memorial page for
Robert L. Alston
November 28, 1930
~June 8, 2022
Robert Lenwood Alston 91, affectionately known as "Bob" of Neptune, NJ passed away peacefully at home on June 8, 2022, with his family by his side. Born on November 28, 1930, to the late Randall and Dorothy Alston, he was the youngest of 9 children.
Robert was educated in the New York school system. Vowing never to be hungry again, at 17 he joined the US Army. Soon after he met and instantly fell in love with the love of his life Dorothy Manning. They were married in Harlem, NY in 1955 and settled in Neptune, NJ. Born to their union were 3 children Janet, Sonny and Kimberly.
During his military career Bob served in the Koren War and spent several years in Germany and many other countries. After retiring from the military, he was employed by the State of New Jersey as a Chef and retired after 21 years. His past time was watching wrestling and westerns but, his real passion was cooking. At all the barbeques's and family gatherings he was the grill man.
He was the highlight at every family gathering, his jokes were unmatchable, and his sense of humor always kept everyone laughing. Bob also enjoyed playing cards "poker" with his niece Margaret, he thoroughly enjoyed taking her mortgage money, boy would he light up. In his later years he joined St. Thomas AME Zion Church and was a dedicated member as long as his health would allow.
Bob was predeceased by his parents Randall and Dorothy Alston, his wife of 66 years Dorothy Manning-Alston, daughter Janet Medley, sisters Vivian, Desiree and Sara, brothers James, Edward and Leonard.
He is survived by his children son Ronald "Sonny" (Cat) Alston of Union, NJ and daughter Kimberly Fairley (Jimmy) of Neptune, NJ; grandchildren Teisha Brown, Shawn Brown, Reginald Taylor, Ryan Taylor and D'Jay Dawson; great-grandchildren Anthony Schenck, Kymia Taylor and Ava Rae Dawson; a very special niece Margaret Walker and a very special nephew Olen Gillespie Jr. and Anthony Alston; as well as a host of other family and friends.