Services Set for Coach Chandler

Visitation and funeral scheduled for Robert Chandler, a Madison High School teacher for 30 years who died this week after a battle with cancer.

Visitation and funeral information has been announced for Madison High School Coach Robert Chandler, a teacher at the school for three decades who died Thursday after battling pancreatic cancer.

Visitation is scheduled for 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at , 415 Morris Ave., Springfield, according to service information posted by the funeral home.

A funeral Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at , 50 Short Hills Ave., Short Hills.

Chandler led Madison to two state soccer championships and, last month, students and alumni showed their appreciation and support for Chandler in his honor.

According to his obituary, Chandler died peacefully on Thursday with his family by his side. He was 67.

Born in Atlanta, Ga., Chandler was one of four children. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education from Emory University and, at Madison High School, Chandler "would spend 30 years as a teacher, coach, friend and mentor to many."

"His love for education, sports and his students made it easy for him to be a favorite amongst the school community," his obituary says. "Famously known for his dedication to the Madison High School soccer, baseball and basketball teams, it is hard also not to forget the 'one liners' that Bob would shout out to his students."

Chandler received “Coach of the Year” Awards, including the Otto Haas Coaching Award for soccer, and was inducted into the Emory Sports Hall of Fame and the Millburn High Athletic Hall of Fame. Outside of sports, he enjoyed music, reading, movies, and spending time with his family, according to the obituary.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, sons Robert Jr. and Richard, mother Sarah Megee Chandler, siblings Carla, David and Craig Chandler, and many other loving relatives, friends, students and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory be made to Madison High School, Bob Chandler Scholarship Fund, 359 Woodland Rd, Madison, NJ 07940

r July 15, 2012 at 08:20 PM
You will be missed Chandler!
Cesar Barrientos July 15, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Coach for ever you will be in my heart
Samantha July 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Coach Chandler, was such a wonderful man...When it came to the kids he was always there for each and everyone. Madison will never have another teacher/coach to support our children as much as Coach Chandler did.. We will miss you coach.....
Garrett July 18, 2012 at 02:18 PM
He would say some of the most ridiculous things on the soccer field, but was one of the smartest coaches I knew. He ran us hard and always pushed us. I am a good soccer player and a better person because of him. Rest in peace, knowing how many lives you've changed for the better.


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