Sad News of Mystic River Original Bobby Engel’s Passing & Funeral Details

Mystic Nation,

It is with a heavy heart we share the unfortunate news that Bobby Engel, an Original member of Mystic River Rugby Club, passed away on 5/1/2021. The following is a note that Bobby’s family sent over to another one of our Original Mystics.

“My heart breaks as I write this. After a long struggle with Parkinson’s and several strokes, Bobby passed away yesterday. He was 84. He was loved and left a big footprint on this earth.

Many of you sent emails, letters or notes with stories, thoughts or memories of Bobby. They are amazing and beautiful. I read them all to Bobby and will always treasure them. I will try to share some of them with you in the future.

To honor and celebrate his life, I will be sitting Shiva at my home for the next week. As you do not live nearby, I will not be expecting you to drop in, but perhaps we can visit by phone! No flowers please, however donations in his memory to a charity of your choice would be a nice tribute.

The plan at the moment is to bury Bobby’s ashes in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY on Saturday, June 5th, with a luncheon to follow. Please do not feel compelled to travel to NY for the funeral – but of course, anyone is welcome. More details to follow at a later date.

Please share this information with anyone you think might want to know.

Few lived life larger than Bobby. He will be sorely missed.


If you would like to plant a memorial tree in honor of Bobby, here is a link to the obituary with additional details.

Bobby will be buried on Saturday, June 5th 2021 @ 11:15am ET
Where: Gate of Heaven Cemetery
10 W Stevens Ave, Hawthorne, NY 10532 (Westchester County)
Meet at the office.

Please join us at the Luncheon to follow: Spectators Sports Pub & Restaurant @ 12:30–3:00pm ET
227 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801
NOTE: It is about a 20-25 minute ride from the Cemetery to the pub.

If you plan to join the luncheon, please email, and if you would like to share a short story or memory at the luncheon, please come prepared.





The Original 1974 Mystic River Rugby Club. Circled is the late Bobby Engel.