Robert N. Soley, age 68, born in Philadelphia, PA, April 30, 1950, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 in Greenbelt, Maryland. He died at home surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife, Karen Moore, daughter Ann Eberwein (Greg), step-daughter Rachel Moore-Beitler (Ali), son Jacob Soley (Beth), step-son David Beitler (Allie), his sister BJ Thomas (Steve) and four grandchildren. He is predeceased by his first wife Virginia Earnest, parents Betty and Norman Soley and brother Charles Soley.
Rob was born and raised in the city of Philadelphia, PA. He spent his adult life working with and teaching children, first as a Montessori teacher, teaching 3-6 year-olds and later as the principal of Christian Family Montessori School. During the last 15 years, he was a mentor and educational tutor, working with children and teens, their parents and teachers here in the Greenbelt area. Rob highly valued what children have to teach us about the world and made an easy connection with all who worked with him.
Rob was diagnosed with a terminal illness in August and lived with courage and an open heart until his last breath. He was a gifted poet, an all-American athlete and an observant lover of nature, prone to stopping in his tracks in wonder. Rob was a Reiki practitioner and a spiritual seeker. Most of all, he was a man of open-hearted integrity who lived with these two guiding intentions: I am here to love and be loved; to heal and be healed. And he did love well, was a Light in the world and he was so much fun to be with. He was a wonderful partner, father, brother and friend. All who knew him are heart-broken.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held Saturday January 26th, 2019 at Capital Christian Fellowship 10411 Greenbelt Rd, Lanham, MD 20706. Receiving at 1:00 pm; service at 2:00 pm with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Center for Children and Theology at cctheo.org or the scholarship fund at Christian Family Montessori School at cfmschool.org.