Great Neck North/South High SchoolClass Of 1960
I believe Bobby died after our college days, tragically, as he was hit by another motorist while changing a tire on his car. I remember him as a very likable, sweet, vivacious boy, full of fun and mischief and very .
Riki Kane Larimer
Bobby was killed tragically in the late 70's while repairing a flat tire on the LI Expressway. He was in his mid 30's and a well-known, well respected member of the NY Tennis Community. A short time before his death he opened a magnificent tennis center spanning several acres on the shoreline of the East River with a spectacular view of Manhattan. "Bobby Kaplan's Tennis Club" had about 16 har-tru courts both indoor and out offering leagues, clinics, open time, they had it all including a pool and restaurant. This club was gorgeous. And it was Bobby's dream come true. After his death the facility was taken over by Nike and then several years later bought by a group of investors who called it "East River Tennis Club". But for years, everyone still referred to it as "Bobby Kaplan's".
The New York Times ran an impressive obituary story on Bobby and that's how I heard about it. So sorry I didn't save the article to share with you guys. It was quite a tribute.
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