Robert A. Markey
We celebrate the life of Robert Markey, born July 26, 1944. He died peacefully at home on Oct. 9 while surrounded by his wife of 56 years, Sharon, his daughters and two of his grandchildren. He was born July 26, 1944. He and Sharon traveled to the area in 1963 on their senior skip day and a shared love for one another and Leelanau County ensued.
In 1968 Robert started Traverse City's first advertising agency, Gauge Public. Creative director continued to be his main occupation for the next three decades.
Always the renaissance man, Rob was a person of many talents and varied interests. He sailed the Great Lakes, winning the Traverse City to Mackinac race in 1973 on the family boat, C.C.Rider. In the late 70s antique collecting turned from hobby to business, and he owned and operated shops with his wife in Suttons Bay, Lake Leelanau and Traverse City.
Most recently he started Christiby's, specializing in American and regionally made rustic furniture, art and antiques. Always an unerring eye, his pieces found their way into fine homes and Ralph Lauren stores around the world. A craftsman in his own right, he was an expert restorer and builder of furniture in the Adirondack tradition.
He traveled often but especially loved the Northeast; the September Adirondack Mountain trip was always a family favorite. His creativity and skill in woodworking was shared and taught to grandchildren when they needed a quick sword, slingshot or dollhouse. A devoted father and grandfather, he prided his daughters, Chantelle and Angela and his grandchildren, Robinson, Ruby, Chase, Caden and Ravell on their uniqueness and independence. He liked to say, "You don't need to worry about those kids, they will do just fine."
An avid hunter, Rob will be missed by his brother, nephew and the dear friends he shared the season with. His musician brother and two artistic sisters, cut from the same creative cloth, were not just family, but friends. Appropriately, he passed during his favorite season of the year, a parallel to his colorful life; he will be missed by many.
Published on November 8, 2019


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James LeFurgy
Nov 12, 2019
He was missed at the Indian Lake Adorondack Show this year. Condolences to his family and friends.
Sherry Spehar
Nov 12, 2019
Always a very kind and generous man to his fellow antique dealers.Rest in peace.
William and Jean Spencer
Nov 12, 2019
So sorry to see Rob leave us. We will miss you all out on thre road.
Kathy Greene
Nov 10, 2019
Dear Sharon and family, my first job in Traverse City was with Rob at Gauge Public, too many years ago. I have fond memories of that time and when Rob went onto Markey, Hutson and Lerew. I lost contact with all of you and wished that I had not. My thoughts and prayers are with you and pray that your memories help you in your grief.
Ken Simons
Nov 09, 2019
Dear Sharon and family, I was so sorry to hear about Rob's passing. I had no idea he was ill. The last time we were together was at Aunt Marie's memorial. It was so good to see that side of the family for me even though it was sad to be at my favorite aunt's memorial. I check obituaries for Traverse City area weekly and was very shocked and saddened to read about Rob. Please know I am thinking of you and the family. In sympathy and love, Ken Simons
Walter Jedena
Nov 08, 2019
Dear Sharon
My heartfelt condolence and deepest sympathy for your loss.