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LIDDLE, Robert H. Jr.
LIDDLE - Robert H. Jr. Of Naperville, IL and formerly of Buffalo, NY, was Vice President of Global Labor and Employment Law at McDonald's Corporation, Oakbrook, IL, from 2000 to 2016. He directed a team of eighteen in managing employment law and labor relations affecting one million workers across seventy-two countries worldwide. Liddle made a conscientious effort to drive diversity initiatives forward by increasing the number of women promoted to managerial positions. Liddle lost his battle with esophageal cancer on March 30, 2016. He began his career at McDonald's in 1982 as a labor relations staff attorney. Prior to that Liddle was a labor associate at the Buffalo law firm of Jaeckle, Fleishmann & Mugel, and he began his career in 1976 as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in the Atlanta, GA region. In 1990 Liddle was chosen by his peers to receive the Eagle Award. This award was presented for his demonstration of strength, courage, power, confidence and tireless energy. In 2015 he received the Legal 500 Award for "Individual of the Year" in the labor and employment relations category. Rob Liddle grew up in an ethnic West Side neighborhood of Buffalo, NY. He was a 1968 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore, NY where he excelled in sports. Liddle earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at SUNY College at Buffalo, his JD at University of Akron Law School and a Masters degree in labor and industrial relations at Michigan State University. At the early age of seven Liddle often attended services and Bible studies at Kingdom Hall on Buffalo's West Side accompanying his father who was a member. Liddle was expected to speak, read and interact with the congregation whose members included African-Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics whereby Liddle learned to respect and to communicate with people of different races and economic backgrounds. A bit later in life at age 13, Liddle assumed responsibilities and acquired leadership skills as the player-manager of his MUNY baseball learn. Liddle believed all of his early experiences including attending frequent league meetings with adults and knocking on doors of businesses to solicit sponsorships prepared him to be successful later on in his professional and personal life. In March 2011 Liddle delivered an address at his alma mater, Buffalo State College, as part of a "Leadership Lecture" series. He spoke about "good people practices" emphasizing the importance of corporate and personal responsibility. In an Alumni Profile of Liddle published October 26, 2011 at Buffalo State, Liddle commented that "At the end of the day, no matter where you do business, it comes down to good people practices. You must treat people fairly." And also: "Operating by well- defined values and standards of conduct is essential for corporations." Many of Liddle's colleagues have observed that whenever he was committed to achieving a particular goal that he would demonstrate fearless independence. In both his work and personal life he consistently demonstrated values of integrity, honesty, generosity and responsibility in supporting people at all levels. Throughout his life and career he had a passion for people practices, and his communication skills and mentoring were always respectful and were conveyed with a razor-sharp sense of humor. Liddle was devoted to a family life supported by a great spiritual core and a sense of commitment. In his spare time he lived and breathed for anything "baseball" and his cherished New York Yankees. He faced the challenge of his disease with noble courage and a positive outlook. In his final hours at home he was surrounded by the presence and love of his family. Rob Liddle was survived by his wife of 41 years, Hope A. (Paolini) Liddle; by his daughters, Marleah J. Liddle and Jenna M.T. Liddle; by his son, Alexander R, Liddle; by his sister A. DuAine (Bill Sclierlitz) LoGrasso of Hilton Head, SC and by his brothers, Timothy (Shirley) Liddle, and Walter Liddle of Buffalo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert H. Liddle, Sr. and Stella (Salamone) Liddle of Buffalo; by his father-in-law, Alfonso A. Paolini; by his mother-in-law, Teresa (Massa) Paolini; by his sisters-in-law, Mary R. (Michael) Pachla of Buffalo, Joanne E. (A. Kem) Fronabarger of Charleston, SC, and Francine (Martin Zyla) Paolini of Grand Rapids, MI; by his brothers-in-law, Michael A. (late Michelle) Paolini of Williamsville and Peter A. Paolini of Grand Rapids, MI; by his nieces, Melissa Diamond of Charleston, SC, Jackie Gannon and Olivia R. Paolini of Buffalo; by his nephews, Jonathan J. Kacala of Charlotte NC, Timothy Liddle, Jr., Eric Liddle and Zachary L. Paolini of Buffalo; by his great-niece, Avea M. Diamond of Charleston, SC; by his great-nephew Sage Gannon of Buffalo; by his cousin Leonard Salainone of Buffalo; by his many cousins of the Liddle, Masso and Paolini families; by numerous colleagues, dear friends and his "buddy" Allegro. Rob Liddle leaves his family, friends and colleagues with a legacy of life-long commitment to excellence, a positive spirit, spontaneous humor and a love for life and for humanity. isitation was held at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Naperville, IL (www.friedrich-jones.com) on April 8, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church in Naperville on April 9 which was followed by a memorial celebration/brunch at Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus, Oakbrook, IL. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Mass which will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on June 18, 2016 at St. Joseph University R.C. Church, 3269 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214 and at a memorial lunch immediately following the Mass at Banchetti by Rizzo's, 550 North French Road, Amherst, NY 14228. Memorial donations are accepted at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, PO Box 448, Buffalo, NY 14215 (www.stlukesmissionofmercy.org) and McDonald House Charities, One Kroc Dr., Oakbrook, IL 60523 (www.rmhc.ore).