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Madison High Coach Loses Battle With Cancer

Robert Chandler, a teacher at Madison High School for 30 years, died Thursday, according to the high school athletic director.

Robert Chandler, a coach and teacher at for three decades known for holding students to high standards and earning their respect, died Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to Madison Athletic Director Sean Dowling.

Chandler won two state championships in his tenure as varsity soccer coach and, last month, students and alumni showed their appreciation and support for Chandler —the Chandler Cup—in his honor.

In addition to coaching the varsity boys soccer team, Chandler coached varsity baseball and basketball, winning a sectional championship in baseball and qualifying for the state tournament several times in basketball.

Chandler, a Millburn resident, taught physical education, driver's ed, health and first aid. He retired from the district effective July 1.

In an interview at the June 20 tournament, he credited students and his family with keeping him going. He also said the years teams didn't bring home titles were still successes in his book.

"They did the best they could," he said. "That's sometimes as good as winning the championship."

Information about services was not immediately known Friday afternoon.

Greg Lowe July 14, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I am very saddened by the news of coach Chandler passing. My heart and prayers go out to him and his family. Rest in peace.
Kevin Blair July 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Madison Station, thanks for making me laugh. I was the recipient of numerous "Chandler pokes" during my time at MHS. I was always amazed how sometimes he did it so perfectly that it caused the sound from your sternum to echo across the gym. I can only hope that Chandler knew how beloved a teacher and coach he was to thousands of kids whose lives he touched, literally and figuratively. He will be missed, but never forgotten. My deepest sympathies to his wife and his kids. Godspeed Chandler. Thanks for everything you did for me, and countless others.
peggy burns July 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM
I am truly brokenhearted at the news of "Chandler's passing. We were colleagues and friends at MHS for 11 years. I was the school nurse there and he came into my office every day to say hi and chat a bit. He was quite a guy, an original character and always put a smile on my face. My heart goes out to his family. "Rest in Peace"
Jaclyn Negri-Turney July 15, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Chandler was truly a fighter! Thanks for teaching us all to be a little more "tough skinned" and for giving the families of Madison memories that can never be replaced! No other educator/coach that walks the halls of MHS will ever leave the impression that Chandler has left!
kerri masiello July 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I feel so bad for mr. chandler i had him for gym he was such a great teacher. He will be missed. My prayers go out to his family.

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