Robert S. Clisby
Robert S. Clisby, 61, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at CVPH Medical Center after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Camden, N.J., to Kilshaw and Catharine Clisby on April 9, 1958.
Bob graduated from Episcopal Academy 1978, and went on to play college hockey at Lake Forrest from 1978-1981, while earning a degree in Economics. Bob received Most Improved Player Award his freshman year, All-Time Letter Winner four years in a row, and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1978-1979 Lake Forrest Men's Hockey Team. After college he played at the professional level in the ECHL for the Winston Salem Thunderbirds in North Carolina, in the Central Hockey League for the Decauter Blue in Illinois, and for the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Team. Bob went on to work in the family business, Clisby and Associates as a Manufacturer's Rep. During this time of his life he continued to volunteer his time and talent to youth hockey programs in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey areas while playing for his Men's Hockey League team "The Marley's." Bob was an avid sports fan and could often be found at Buffalo Wild Wings watching his beloved Philadelphia Flyers or Philadelphia Eagles.
Bob moved to Plattsburgh to manage The Lake City Stars Arena in 2000, maintaining his love and devotion to the world of hockey. He continued to coach and mentor young and old hockey players while creating friendships in and out of the hockey rink. Even a hip replacement didn't keep him from lacing up his skates. After the sale of the rink Bob worked at various rinks around the country, including Lake Placid, N.Y., Jay Peak, Vt., Cairns, Vt., Rothman Ice Rink, Pa., The Coliseum, N.J., and Daytona Arena, Fla. He loved every aspect of the hockey rink including driving the Zamboni. He was a true "Rink Rat."
It was in Plattsburgh where he found the one thing that would surpass his love of Hockey. The birth of his son, Sebastien, in 2007 gave Bob a family of his own.
Left to cherish his memory, are his son, Sebastien Mitchell, Jessica Mitchell (friend and care-giver), his family in New Jersey, mother Catharine Clisby, Dianne Hillman (sister), Rick Clisby (brother), Elizabeth Nikolic (half-sister), nieces Debbie and Katie Hillman. Plattsburgh family, Savanna Briehl, Judy Mitchell, John Mitchell, Jami Mitchell, and Jay Mitchell. He was predeceased by his father Kilshaw Clisby.
The family would like to send a special thanks to the R3 team that provided amazing care in Bob's last days.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St. in Plattsburgh. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m. in the Brown Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery at a later date.
Donations in Bob's memory can be made to Hockey Fights Cancer
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901 (518) 561-3980. Online condolences may be offered at
Published on October 17, 2019


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David Kelly
Oct 18, 2019
Clis, you were like a brother to me as you were to many of our friends over the years. Your home in Cherry Hill always had an open door and a beer in the "fridge" for whoever stopped by. The good times we had were too many to list and they will always be near and dear to my heart. I am saddened that we did not spend much time together over the last 15 years as we were busy building our families but I always knew you were a phone call away if I needed to speak with you. I will miss our calls catching up and sharing the stories of our boys and their fledgling hockey careers as well as remembering our times on the ice together. I remember the many eagles games we sat side by side in the or on the couch, along with the joy or heartbreak that came with every win and loss. The tailgate party's in the stadium holiday inn parking lot that started early in the morning and often ending after dark. The softball games with Beck's law firm league and the countless number of wings at the jug handle afterwards. The millions of games of 8 ball in your living room, ping pong in the basement and summers in Avalon, are memories that will last my lifetime.

I hope I am able to sit down with Sebastien one day and share with him our stories, our fun and our friendship. I hope he can meet my boys and get out on the ice with them. The second generation Marlies! I cannot believe how much he looks like you.

I will miss you my good friend, rest in peace. I hope our souls meet again.

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Carmen Chop Volpe
Oct 18, 2019
I was a room mate and team mate with Bobby. we were close. My heart aches for this loss. RIP brother.
Melissa wrisley
Oct 18, 2019
Bob, we were all so terribly heartbroken to hear of your passing. I will cherish the countless hours chatting about hockey, football, life and your precious Sebastian. You will be missed my friend.
Ted Willis
Oct 18, 2019
RIP my friend, Jess and Sebastien, my condolences!