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Tuesday April 20th, 2021
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Robert Henry Nafash

Robert Henry Nafash, 80, of River Edge passed away on April 12, 2021. He was born at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, NJ on August 13, 1940.


Beloved husband of Diane Victoria Nafash for 38.5 yrs. Dear brother of the late Harold Nafash and the late Joan Nafash. Cherished son of the late Olga Nafash nee Gorab and Henry Nafash born in Syria. Dear brother-in-law of Jeanne Nafash and her sisters Eileen and June Baker, David and Ilona Binns, Jonathan Binns, Larysa Binns and Douglas and Patricia Binns of Clearwater Bay, Ontario, Canada. Devoted uncle of Lisa-Marie 0. Lynn and her husband Robert, Nicole A. Malizia and her husband Anthony and Melissa H. Nafash. Loving great-uncle of Tyler Lynn, Alexis Lynn, Vincent Malizia, Angelina Malizia, Brayden Pagan and Troy & Carter Binns of Alliston, Ontario, Canada. Also survived by numerous first and second cousins.


Bob spent his childhood in Union City NJ, and at age 11 he moved with his family to Hasbrouck Heights where he attended Hasbrouck Heights High School. Further studies took him to Fairleigh Dickinson University where he received a Bachelor of Science in June 1962, Montclair State College where he earned his Master of Arts in June 1956. He also studied at Wagner College.


Bob taught Chemistry & Organic Chemistry at North Bergen High School for 45 years. He was the Financial Advisor of the Negotiating team North Bergen Federation of Teachers, He was very loyal to the NBFT Local 1060 serving as Union Treasurer for 40 years. Bob was always very pleased when former students would call him to say "Thank you, Mr. Nafash, you really prepared me for my college days! I cannot thank you enough!"


Bob was a member and Elder of South Presbyterian Church in Bergenfield NJ. During his term as President of the Church Corporation, he was able to work with the Historic Trust to raise funds to renovate the almost 300 year old Sanctuary. He served for many years on the Foundation Finance Committee to support the work of the church and keep it stable for many years to come.


In 2005 he retired from teaching to travel and enjoy the many hobbies he had 'collected' over the years and never had time to do while teaching. His first love was photography. He also enjoyed making jewelry, hand-cutting coins, he loved to build bird houses, and loved his garden. His pride and joy was taking care of his lawn and growing summer vegetables.


Bob really loved his volunteer work for CHORE. A dual impact program. First, it keeps active seniors meaningfully engaged in community service. Secondly, by installing grab bars and railings and performing other minor, safety repairs, the Chore Service ensures that senior citizens and the disabled remain independent and safe in their homes.



Visiting at Riewerts Memorial Home, 187 S. Washington Avenue, Bergenfield on Tuesday April 20, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8PM. Funeral Service at South Presbyterian Church, 150W. Church St., Bergenfield on Wednesday at 11AM followed by interment at South Church Cemetery.


The service will be live-streamed on youtube.com and the Facebook site of South Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to South Presbyterian Church, 150 W Church Street, Bergenfield, NJ 07621 or Bergen Volunteers Chore Service, 64 Passaic St. Hackensack, NJ. 07601 in Memory of Robert H. Nafash.


I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.

I'd like the tears of those who grieve,

to dry before the sun.

Of happy memories that I leave

When life is done.


Helen Lowrie Marshall



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Sorry to be late, I just found out about Bob Nafash's passing from a classmate.
I just wanted to say that of all my teachers, he had the most profound influence on my life path. I was his student in 1975. Luckily I was able to visit him after I got my Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Penn State and thank him in person. He was so pleased and we had a great conversation. I spent 30 yrs in the pharma and biotech world due to the influence of Mr. Nafash and the ability to be taught at such an advanced level in high school. I was hooked after taking his class.

Vincent Kalish Apr 28 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Diane, my deepest sympathy of the death of Bob. Whenever I would come to the house to help with the Patter, Bob would be busy working in His garden. I will always remember him and will surely miss him. Bob was very good with His hands in making things for the house. (Psalm 90:16-17) "Let your work be manifest to your servants and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands---O prosper the work of our hands!.) This Psalm speaks to my friend Bob. Who I will surely miss.

Marion Elizabeth Gregg-Whited Apr 20 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you so kindly for your condolences.I remember your name, he spoke of you many times.

Diane Nafash Apr 19 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Grace, I am so happy you got this sad news. Yes, he loved you as a student and spoke of you often. I am so glad we were able to visit the few times we met. I plan to share your message in my tribute to him. With your permission of course. You will be able to virtually watch his funeral on South Presbyterian church facebook or YouTube.,As soon as I get the links, I will send them to you. Blessings to you and your family. Fondly, Diane

Diane Nafash Apr 18 2021 12:00 AM

Hi Chris and Ken, Thank you for your very kind words...and so right on. May I have permission to read your message at some point in the services. The service will be virtual, as soon as I get the links I will send them. Love you! Diane

Diane Nafash Apr 18 2021 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobs Family at this most difficult time. We taught together at North Bergen High School and have many great memories
Our Deepest Sympathy,
John and Linda Pepe

John and Linda Pepe Apr 18 2021 12:00 AM

Mr.Nafash was my chemistry teacher in 1967. I always remember his humor, and enthusiasm. He stands out as one of the best teachers I ever had, and one of the reasons I am a science teacher today. I wish I could have told him that. My thoughts are with his family...
Ellen Hoenicke (Weeks)

Ellen Weeks Apr 17 2021 12:00 AM

Very sorry to hear of Bobs passing - he was a wonderful and passionate teacher and mentor. I still have the Dont Quit poem he gave to me in Chemistry honors class long ago at NBHS & it still sits on my desk today. My oldest son is pursuing teaching high school chemistry as he heard the many wonderful stories of Mr Nafash over the years. I was so glad to tell Mr Nafash how positively he impacted me over the years & what a difference a teacher can make. He was truly an inspiration. With deepest sympathy & prayers to his family and friends. He will be missed.

Nancy Lizzul Sumberaz Apr 17 2021 12:00 AM

Condolences to Diane and the entire Nafash family.
May he Rest In Peace knowing what an impact he made in so many peoples lives.
He was my teacher and eventually my mentor.
I was his student at NBHS in chemistry in 1976. I thought I was pretty smart, but had a tough time in his class. He was a tough teacher, but encouraged me to put the work in. He stayed after school almost everyday to tutor me.
He was the only teacher I stayed in touch with over the years. I went through college and became a pharmacist. He came to our (Bill & mine) wedding in 1986.
Eventually, we moved to Fl and had a daughter in 1997.
Whenever we visited NJ, we came to visit Mr Nafash (Bob) & his wife, Diane. My daughter met him 2 or 3 times over the years and she was so affected by him. She said that she wished she could have had a teacher like that.
He shared his love of his hobbies & his love of his church with us the last time we saw him. He made such a difference in this world.

Grace Lizzul Giliberti Apr 17 2021 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Nafash's passing. I was blessed to have him as a chemistry teacher, and my father - Fred Dreher - was blessed to have him as a colleague and friend. "Bob" (even 33 years after graduation, it feels weird to call him that) was caring and kind and it was evident that he loved teaching. I had no idea that he was involved in so many service activities, but am not at all surprised. He had an enthusiasm for life and learning and it was clear that he didn't enjoy idle time. So many people were blessed by his life. He will truly be missed. My prayers are with Diane and the rest of his family.

Cheryl Dreher Gaskill Apr 16 2021 12:00 AM

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