Robert Gaites, one of the founders of the Strober Organization, died on Oct. 21, according to an article in the Staten Island Advance. He was 70 years old.
In 1975, shortly after graduating from college, Gaites became one of the founding principals of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Strober Brothers. The company grew quickly and went public under the name Strober Organization in 1991.
In 1997, the company was purchased by ProBuild, becoming part of the nation’s largest LBM chain. Gaites retired from ProBuild in January 2008.