Robert Kelley

Robert Leigh Kelley Sr.

March 3, 1940 - August 27, 2020
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ST. GEORGE – Robert L. Kelley, 80, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020 at his home with his sons by his side.

Born March 3, 1940 in Rockland to Edward M. and Eneeda (Nystrom) Kelley, Robert was born 4 months after his father was lost at sea aboard the scallop dragger Madeline & Flora and never knew him. He was educated in local schools up to 8th grade when he left to go to work to help support his family.

In 1959 he was hit by a car while working at F.J. O’Hara’s Fish Plant and was in a cast up to his chest in the hospital when he was introduced to his future wife, Vida Winslow. Robert always said it was love at first sight and the two of them married in 1960.

A hard worker all his life, Robert was employed for his first few years with Rockland Poultry. In 1965 he and Vida moved to Connecticut where he worked at Bic Pen as a maintenance man.

In 1970 he and Vida moved back to Maine and he went back to work at F.J. O’Hara’s as a fish cutter and later in maintenance. Over the years he would go clamming with his close friends, Walter Robinson, and Gene Colson. Robert also lobstered, and in the 80’s fished on a scallop dragger much like his father did. He also worked on the docks unloading boats at Stinson’s and F.J. O’Hara’s, did carpentry work, and shingled houses with another good friend, Bill Robinson of Thomaston.

Robert finally retired in 2002 due to a bum leg that was not set right from his accident in 1959.

He loved his family very much, and was considered a favorite uncle among his many nieces and nephews. Although divorced from Vida many years ago, he maintained a strong love for her and continued to wear his wedding ring right up until his passing.

Predeceased by his parents, his brothers and sisters, and his granddaughter Heather Hamilton, he is survived by his sons, Timothy Kelley and his wife Lori of St. George; Bob Kelley Jr. and his wife Levern of Union; Ernie Kelley of St. George; his grandchildren, Jessica, Robert, Jaime, April, Amanda, Jade, Andrew, and Jessica; his great grandchildren, Carley, Madison, William, Alex, Dylan, Timothy, Deja, Makayla, Keegan, Aden, Grace, Lyla, Alexis, Jaxon, Robbie, Cora, Haley, Autumn, Andrew, Abel, Alexis, and Jackson; 1 great, great grandchild, Levi.

A graveside committal will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Village Cemetery in Thomaston with Pastor Joe LaCombe officiating.
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  • Service

    Friday September 18, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday September 18, 2020 2:00pm
    Village Cemetery - Thomaston
    Address Not Available
    Rev. Lester "Joe" Lacombe
  • Interment

    Friday September 18, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday September 18, 2020 2:00pm
    Village Cemetery - Thomaston
    Erin Street
    Thomaston, ME 04861
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Earl nash

Posted at 04:10pm
Bob was a great man who worked hard to provide for his family. He enjoyed life and being around loved ones. He will be sadly missed by family and friends from all over. Fly high Bob. You have some great company up there with you

Levern kelley

Posted at 09:04pm
He will be greatly missed and he was very much loved . He was a great dad a friend a grandfather a uncle and a greatgrandfather we will miss you dad .
Love the Kelley family

Patti Fogg

Posted at 11:47am
Your going to be missed by all of us. Bob was an old soul, who enjoyed and loved his family.
He enjoyed visiting friends, and having friends visit him. We all know we never get to see wonderful people enough, and miss them so badly after they pass. Luckily we will all be together when it's our time.
Bob and I had such a grand time when we went camping at Duck Puddle with the family. We watched and laughed at the crazy antics of our crazy family. I let Bob beat me at cribbage (rite) a time or 2,3,4 etc and had fun. We saw a country western band and enjoyed a large bond fire. We just had a wonderful weekend. All of us.
We will definitely miss you Bob, especially your three boys. Till we meet again. You are loved and missed.

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