Robert "Bob" George Shamy passed away surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, December 24, 2017. He was 72 years of age. Bob was born and raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1963 and went on to study at Florence State College in Florence, Alabama. He graduated from Florence State College with a Bachelor of Science in 1968. Bob continued his studies at Rutgers University where he received his Masters in Education.
After receiving his degrees he began teaching the subjects of History, Sociology, and Archaeology at Monroe Township High School. His classroom was filled with artifacts from the places he had visited, quotes from his favorite authors, and the sounds of his '63 Martin Guitar. Bob's unconventional approach to teaching and his ability to connect with those in his classroom quickly solidified his reputation as "legend" amongst students and peers. Bob's interest in Archaeology led to his creation of the Monroe High School Archaeology Museum in 1974. It was the first High School run Archaeological Museum in the state of New Jersey. The museum is still visited to this day as an educational field trip by classrooms from around the state.
In 1986, Bob was named Middlesex County Teacher of the Year in recognition of his unique approach to teaching and his commitment to, what he called, "the single-most important professional career." The Fulbright Program further acknowledged his academic achievements when they awarded him a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to China in 1992. This was later followed by a second Fulbright Scholarship to travel to India, where he met with the Maharaja of Gybor, the U.S. Ambassador to India, and Mother Teresa. His ultimate goal was to demonstrate the diversity of human experiences in order to create a more empathetic, less consumer-driven society.
Bob married his wife, Debra, on August 29, 1997. The couple welcomed their first son, Liam, on September 21, 2001, and their second son, Cullen, on January 13, 2005. Bob loved to share his wisdom and love of music, literature, and culture with his boys.
Bob was predeceased by his father, Frank J. Shamy, Sr., his mother, Rose Shamy, and his brothers, Thomas J. Shamy and Frank J. Shamy, Jr. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Debra Ann (Nolan) Shamy,his two sons, Liam Thomas Shamy and Cullen Patrick Shamy, his sisters-in-law, Dorothy Shamy and Kathy Shamy, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, December 28, 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m.at Rezem Funeral Home, 457 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ. The funeral procession will begin on Friday, December 29, 10 a.m. at Rezem Funeral Home, followed by an interment at Holy Cross Burial Park Mausolum, Cranbury/South River Road, South Brunswick NJ.