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Robert Xavier Kelleher
December 3, 1936 ~ May 24, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
Robert Xavier Kelleher of Little Silver, NJ, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on May 24, 2023 at 86 years old. Born in Queens, New York, on December 3, 1936, as the youngest of six children, he grew up in Queens and graduated from John Adams High School. Bob then went on to graduate from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York with a Bachelor's Degree in Business. At 23 years old, Bob married Carol Lynch. Bob and Carol settled in Hauppauge, Long Island, where they raised their four children: Robert, Karen, Mary, and Jane. Bob worked for the Long Island Lighting Company for 39 years, retiring in 1999 as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. He was a dedicated employee, a skilled mediator, and was committed to equity in his role as negotiator between the union and management. Bob was well-respected and appreciated by those who had the privilege of working with him. In retirement, Bob and Carol enjoyed traveling with family and friends. Bob had a life- long love of learning, continuing his education in retirement at NYU and Fordham University. He regularly took the train to NYC for classes and to take long walks through his favorite neighborhoods.
In 2000, Bob and Carol moved to Rumson, New Jersey to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Bob remained a New York fan, rooting for the Yankees and Giants throughout his years. Bob loved to read and is remembered by family and friends for his keen intellect, sense of humor, and warm heart. Bob is preceded in death by his beloved son, Robert Kelleher, Jr. and grandson Thomas Kelleher. Surviving Bob is Carol, his wife of 62 years; daughter-in-law Denise; daughter Karen and her husband Sven; daughter Mary and her husband Alex; daughter Jane and her husband Brendan; grandchildren Patrick, Katy, Molly, Megan, Emily, Jack, Chris, August, Owen, and Olivia.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 from 4pm to 7pm at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, NJ 07701. A funeral service will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Rumson NJ at 11 am on Wednesday, May 31. Interment to immediately follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown.