Robert Gary Stopper 1960-2011By Jose B. Rivera
East Harlem August 23, 2011. Robert Gary Stopper passed away on Thursday, August 11th, 2011 in New York City at the age of 51. Robert has been a long time East Harlem resident and community activist. He was often seen speak during Community Board 11’s Public Session for causes he believed in. Robert also helped many of East Harlem’s elected officials get elected by working on their political campaigns.
Robert was instrumental in building relationships and in fund-raising events for his East Harlem community. Robert had much knowledge of the process in procuring funds and organizing campaigns from the ground up. Robert also held a notary public license and was an advocate for the people and his “El Barrio” community.
Robert Gary Stopper worked for to help elect many East Harlem Elected Officials including Assembly member Adam Clayton Powell in 2000. He also worked alongside District Leader John Ruiz on various campaigns. He was a key supporter of Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito and Congressman Charles Rangel.
Robert was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador on May 9, 1960. Robert was an ex alumni of Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx and held a 2 year associate’s degree at LaGuardia College. Robert additionally served 6 years in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at the USS Coral Sea in California in the late 70’s. He was very respectful of others no matter their political party affiliation.
Robert is survived by his mother, Marietta Stopper, his sister, Gina Stopper-Rosenberg and his nieces Julianna and Gabriella Rosenberg, Lilly, and Alicia DelRosario.
Roberts’s old school dedication and loyalty will be missed and never forgotten.
Democratic District Leader John Ruiz was the only elected official at Robert Gary’s Mass at Mt. Carmel Church on August 17, 2011. See photo below.