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Robert J. Kelly

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Robert Kelly

Robert J. “Bob” Kelly, was a well-respected administrator, educator and coach in South Glens Falls for 32 years, retiring in 1993 after serving as a social studies teacher, assistant principal and principal at Oliver W. Winch Junior High School on Hudson Street.

Known for his sharp sense of humor and his sincere concern for South High students, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. His family said that many former students contacted him long after graduating to tell him of the positive impact he had on their lives.

One such student wrote to Mr. Kelly to congratulate him on his retirement. He wrote “whether we agreed or not, I knew that I could trust you to do what was right … . If these is a legacy you leave behind, I believe it will be that you cared. Thank you for that.”

Another former student wrote on Facebook, “He was a great man. He was the 3 F’s — Firm, Fair and Funny.”

Born on February 22, 1938 in Saratoga, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Blanche (O’Connor) Kelly.

Mr. Kelly graduated from Saratoga High School in 1956, received his B.S. in Education from SUNY Brockport, and began his teaching career in 1961 at Oliver Winch Jr. High as a Social Studies teacher.

While teaching he earned his Master’s from Plattsburgh and his administrative certificate through Siena. During his South Glens Falls career he coached numerous sports. He was a member of the original committee for the Moreau Recreational Park.

After retiring, he spent his free time playing golf and enjoyed playing Wednesday cards with good friends. He also enjoyed fishing and always looked forward to his annual fishing trip. He enjoyed spending time with family. He loved his grandchildren and could always make them laugh with his silly made-up words and goofy antics.

Bob is survived by his wife of 26 years Barbara Kelly, and four children: daughters Colleen Brault, Erin Scoggins and Bridget Quigley; and son Christopher. He is also survived by Jeniene Morgan, Zen Baudoux, Nicole O’Leary and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Blanche Kelly of Saratoga, and his beloved granddaughter, Racheal O’Leary of South Glens Falls.