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Obituary for John "Jack" Robens

LATHAM - John “Jack” Robens, 69, died Thursday, January 18th, at Albany Medical Center, after a brief illness. Born in Romulus, NY on Nov 12, 1954, he was the son of the late John and Mary DeVito Robens. Jack grew up in Mechanicville, was a 1972 graduate of LaSalle Institute of Troy, received a degree at HVCC of Troy and also attended Plattsburgh State.

Jack was an auditor with the Income Tax division of the NY State Tax and Finance, working for 36 years, retiring in 2013.

A fan of the arts, board games and movies, he was fortunate to have traveled to many domestic and foreign countries, particularly in Europe and the Caribbean Islands, but his favorite excursion was to the City of Montreal, Canada. Jackie was a really fun and loving dad who was funny, silly at times, and kind hearted. He wanted everyone to have a great time, just as he would.

A great listener, Jack had a sympathetic ear for many of his friends, or just about anyone that reached out to him. He was a helpful soul to all. Jack had no interest in the changing world when the information age hit, did not enjoy computers, email, cell phones or social media. He appreciated the simpler times. He also had a keen eye for talent, often predicting who would become a star or who would win awards like an Oscar or a Grammy and would often disagree with the judges’ decision. He was also an avid tennis fan, always willing to stay up late or wake up early to watch Wimbledon or other Open matches.

Survivors include his domestic partner for 37 years, Dominick “Dick” Falzareno, son John Robens of Mechanicville, with grandson Shane Robens and step granddaughter Grace Neubauer, daughter Ashley Robens Aguirre, with husband Alex of Arizona and grandchildren Alex, Audrey and Isaac Aguirre, brother Dan and Dawnmarie Robens of Mechanicville, with nephew and niece Dan and Lyndsey Robens, and a number of cousins and their families. In addition to his parents, he was recently predeceased by his daughter-in-law Ali Neubauer.

Jack had requested that upon his death, no services will be held, but hoped that his passing would inspire people to reach out to anyone with needs, as he reached out himself.