King, Robert E.
Castleton-Robert Edward King, 91, of Brookview Road, Castleton on Hudson, NY passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019 at his home. Bob was born on September 12, 1928 in Worcester MA, the son of Harold and Hazel King, and spent his youth with his sister Joan in Leicester MA. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the army, serving in the post-WWII occupation of Japan, and later in the Air Force reserve. He returned to Massachusetts and attended Clark University where he earned a degree in Geography and met the love of his life, Maureen Kelly, also of Worcester, MA. Graduating with his degree from Clark, Bob became a school teacher in Norwich NY. As it was a long commute to see his sweetheart each week, he eventually moved east and joined the East Greenbush School System. After her graduation from Clark, Maureen and Bob were married on July 2, 1955 and settled in the Capital District. Maureen predeceased Bob in August of 2014 after 59 years of marriage. He taught Social Studies for nearly 30 years at Columbia High, serving as department chair for many years. He was awarded the distinction of Teacher of the Year in 1977. After his retirement from teaching he purchased Melfie Real Estate where he served as an owner and broker. In 2013, Bob received the Samuel Blake award for his exceptional career from his peers in the industry.
Bob had many interests, he was an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout his lifetime. Bob and Maureen instilled in their children a love of nature, especially Cape Cod where they vacationed often. He and his fellow investment club members pooled their resources and ideas, investing together for nearly 4 decades. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Castleton where he served as a lector. Bob’s family sends a special thank you to his fellow parishioners who were always generous with their time and extremely supportive in his last years.
He will be dearly missed by a wide circle of friends and by his four children, David & his wife Chandra King, of San Marino CA, Stephen & his wife Shauna King of Dallas TX, Kathryn Vieillard of Hamden CT and Suzanne & her husband John Cirame of Medford MA. He was proud Grampie to six grandchildren, Ryan & his wife Lora King, of Silver Spring MD, Amanda Vieillard, of Auckland NZ, Brianna King of Dallas TX, Caitlin Cirame & her fiancé John Sousa of Nashville TN, Caroline Cirame of Medford MA and Megan King of Dallas TX.
A wake will be held on Friday September 27th from 5-8pm at Ray Funeral Home, 59 Seaman Avenue in Castleton, NY and a funeral mass will be held on Saturday, September 28th at 11am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3 Catholic Way in Castleton, NY. Bob will be interred Monday September 30th with military honors at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Cape Cod. Gifts in lieu of flowers can be directed to the American Kidney Fund where a memorial and tribute has been established in Robert’s name.
Ray Funeral Service, Inc.
59 Seaman Ave.
Castleton, NY 12033