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COMMUNITY VOICE: Honoring Robert Carter

Robert Carter

Now that the weather is seasonably mild. I was enthusiastic about gathering my tennis gear and heading down to Perth Amboy’s Tennis Courts. There I would “hit” some balls with my other tennis compatriots.

After several minutes of volleying balls a “low” came over me; a familiar sight was not to be seen: that familiar sight was Robert Carter, known to some as “Bobby’, Mr. Carter, BC, etc. With saddened eyes and a heavy heart I paused to pay tribute to him. I raised my tennis racquet in his honor, then returned to volleying balls.

There are many residents, former residents and nonresidents; the once young and now old; the very young and hopefully will grow old that can attest to his passion to teach you how to play tennis. The additional payoff was that you also gained friendship with him.

Those of us who learned how to play later in life learned to play competitively and extremely grateful for the opportunity to have him in our corner both on and off the court. Robert Carter was more than just a tennis instructor, he was an avid listener and would try and assist or direct you to a resource for resolution of matters of a personal nature.

He was a winner among the youth as they loved him to no end, even when he was critical of their lackadaisical performance in practice and match play. Robert Carter’s tennis programs was the farm system for students going on to play at the high school and college levels. If it were not for his efforts along with his assistant, Mingo, the high school tennis program would not have the player development necessary to be competitive.

In closing, I would like all of you who knew Robert Carter to support me in my effort to ask the mayor and city council to dedicate a tennis court in his name to commemorate his contributions over thirty years on behalf of the City Of Perth Amboy to its residents.

Rodger Carey Sr.

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