Robert Steven Thropp

| 18 May 2021 | 05:06

Robert Steven Thropp died on Monday, May 10. He was 62.

He was born on Dec. 7, 1958.

Known by family and friends as Steve or Thropper, he was a natural athlete who enjoyed ski racing, golf, softball and flying. Steven excelled at ski racing, having attended the Northwood Academy in Lake Placid, where he honed his skills at Whiteface Mountain. He was mentored by Nancy Greene, a former Gold and Silver medalist in the 1968 Grenoble Olympics. Steve went on to ski race at Penn State University, where he dominated the competition and was name an All American.

Steve graduated PSU with a degree in economics. He had planned to become a commercial pilot; however, a surprise diagnosis of color blindness prevented this. Steve obtained his private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying his Twin Piper Comanche up and down the East Coast.

Steve was a natural born salesman, having last worked as a national sales manager for IFS a G.E. company.

He is predeceased by his brother Alan Thropp.

He is survived by his loving parents, Polly and Robert Thropp; brother Daniel Thropp; and his sons, Steven and Zachary, whom he loved dearly.

Steven succumbed to alcoholism after an epic battle with the disease.

Visitation was held May 13 at Goble Funeral Home, Sparta, N.J. Interment was held May 15 at Sparta Cemetery.