Millburn High School Athlete Robbie Almgren III Dies, 17

Millburn High School senior athlete and lifelong Short Hills resident Robert "Robbie" Almgren III died on Dec. 27.

Robbie Almgren
Robbie Almgren Photo Credit: NJ Riot Instagram

The 17-year-old succumbed to the sudden effect of AML Leukemia, which began Christmas night, his obituary says.

Robbie grew up playing lacrosse, football and basketball. A senior at Millburn High School, Robbie played for the Millers and the NJ Riot Club team, and was also a trumpet player.

Robbie planned on playing lacrosse for the Union College Dutchmen next year. He had a close-knit group of friends and will be sorely missed, his obituary says.

The Robbie Almgren Athletic Scholarship Fund was established by friends and family as a tribute to memory of Robbie.

"Robbie was a down-to-earth, humble, warm-hearted and loyal friend to all who crossed his path," the mission statement reads. 

"He was a uniquely-talented athlete who not only excelled in every sport he played but also was a model of true sportsmanship and leadership."

An annual scholarship will be awarded to a senior at Millburn High School who has committed to a college athletic program and who embodies the character and spirit of Robbie.

Checks can be made out to the Robbie Almgren Athletic Scholarship Fund and can be mailed to: Millburn Quickstik Club PO Box 302, Short Hills, New Jersey 07078 c/o Robbie Almgren Athletic Scholarship Fund.

Robbie is survived by his parents Laura and Bob; sister Reilly; grandmother Jackie O’Donnell; aunts, uncles and cousins; and his old English Sheepdog Winston.

Visitation will be Jan. 1 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, in Chatham.

A Memorial Gathering exclusively for Robbie's classmates will be held at St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 31.

A Funeral Mass will be in the Sanctuary of St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills by invitation only.

A public memorial will be held on Jan. 9 at Millburn High School.

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