In Memory

Robert "Alex" Montaner - Class Of 1968

I am saddened to inform everyone that Robert "Alex" Montaner, RBHS Class of 1968, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2020, as a result of COVID-19. Trying to see if there's an actual obit yet, but it may be too early, and Chuck is checking.  
Known by his middle name "Alex" for most of his adulthood, he was born in Cuba on September 12, 1950, and moved with his family to the US when he was about nine years old as a result of the revolution.  After graduating from the University of Florida he taught high school English in the Tampa area before deciding to attend medical school. After receiving his MD he went on to specialize in psychiatry and was still making rounds at the overwhelmed Miami hospitals until his diagnosis and quick passing. By reading the Facebook tributes on his account, he was adored by both patients and colleagues alike. He was one of the smartest and most talented people I have ever known, spoke multiple languages, knew his classical music, and was an art collector and genealogist, among other things. a true humanitarian and Renaissance Man. Will update this as I find out more. Adios, amigo. You made the world a better place.
(Shared by Ray Eberling, RBHS '66)

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08/12/20 11:28 AM #1    

Dorothy Feldkamp (Stephens) (1968)

So Sorry to hear of your passing.  I'm sending prayers and thoughts to your family at this time.  Dottie Feldkamp Stephens

08/15/20 08:57 AM #2    

Cassandra (Sandee) Anderson (Searle) (1968)

In school, we knew him as Bob or Robert. So very sad to hear Robert has passed, his life cut short by this dreaded disease. I remember him as a very good dancer at the Howell Watkins school dances. Hiis eyes were intense. He was friendly, kind to others and well liked. He was my friend. I will miss seeing him at reunions, but I have good memories of him. My condolences to his family. Sandee Anderson Searle


08/15/20 10:55 AM #3    

Ginger Crosby (Grimm) (1968)

So sorry to hear of "Bob's" death.  I, too, remember him as "Bob".  He was well liked in high school and indeed, an enjoyable guy.  I appreciated Ray's sharing of Bob's life, his acheivements and his love for life's joy and pleasures.  May we all have such a full and meaningful legacy to leave.  Condolences and prayers for his family.

Ginger (Crosby) Grimm

08/18/20 11:24 AM #4    

Kathleen Mott (Burford) (1968)

I am so very sorry to hear the sad news about Bob. I remember the 1st time we met in a class. He was a nice guy who seemed to really look at you so intently.It is no wonder he chose a 2nd career where he could try to understand and help people, and was still doing so in spite of the terrible risk! He will be missed...

08/19/20 12:36 PM #5    

Joseph Bussell (1968)

Very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I knew him in 7th grade right after he moved here from Cuba. He was very friendly and had very little accent. He shared many of his childhood memories of Cuba. Later he befriended my Mom after taking Civics from her. He would come by to see us from time to time even well into adulthood. I will always think of him kindly   Rest In Peace my friend. 

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