Robert Stoddard Weiss


Robert Stoddard Weiss died on December 3 peacefully at his home in Oak Bluffs after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 81 years of age.

Robert was married to Sylvia L. (Day) Weiss for 54 years, and they enjoyed their time together by traveling the world. Robert was born in Rockville Centre in New York on October 26, 1931 and grew up in Freeport on Long Island. He was the son of Herman R. Weiss and Marjorie Marie (Johnson) Weiss.

After graduating high school and receiving his associate’s degree in animal husbandry he was drafted into the Army during the Korean Conflict and was discharged in 1954.

Upon returning to the United States he trained and obtained his pilot’s license in 1956. He flew for Northeast Airline, which was later taken over by Delta Airlines in the 1970s, until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge in Bethel, Conn.

He lived between Hobe Sound, Fla., in the winters and Martha’s Vineyard in the summers where he was a licensed Coast Guard captain and took fishing charters on his boat Summer’s Lease. Robert enjoyed gardening, fishing, and was known to always lend a hand to help fix just about anything and to give back.

He and Sylvia traveled extensively and lived in numerous parts of the world.

Robert is survived by his wife; two sons, Richard of Ridgefield, Conn., and Stephen of Darien, Conn.; and three grandchildren, Taylor-Lynn Weiss, and Kenny and Robert Weiss.

His funeral service will be private. Donations may be made in his memory to the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, PO Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Please visit for online guest book and information.