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Robert J. Kelsch
November 8, 1940 ~ November 10, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Robert J. Kelsch, born November 8, 1940 in Cambridge MA, Predeceased by his parents John
and Annabell, and his wife Linda, passed away November 10th at the age of 83. He is survived by
his sons Todd and Paul (Katie), grandchildren Austin and Adeline, and brother Jack.
Robert, a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Wentworth Institute of Technology started his
career at Xerox, from which he retired in 1998. Throughout those years he earned (5) US
Patents, a 2nd Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Roberts Wesleyan, promotions that guided
him away from engineering, and the opportunity to achieve his Masters Degree in Career and
Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology all before starting his
own business at the age of 59. Even with all of his professional accomplishments, he was most
proud of his time spent serving the public through North Ontario United Methodist Church,
Ontario Parks and Recreation Board, Ontario Community Chest, Walworth-Ontario Rotary and
as a member of the Wayne Central School Board, all culminating with being elected to (3) terms
as Ontario Town Supervisor and being appointed as Deputy Town Supervisor by his successor
for his beloved Town of Ontario.
Robert has made a positive impact professionally and personally on those around him and
instilled in those he mentored the belief that we should never ask for anything in return and we
should never stop learning. He was too proud to ask for help, but always willing to give it. May
we all aspire to be as selfless with our time, giving of what is worldly and humble with our
A service celebrating Robert will be held on December 2nd at 11:00 am at the North Ontario
United Methodist Church, 7200 Ontario Center Road. In lieu of flowers please donate to:
Laurel House Comfort Care Home
224 Fair Street
Newark, NY 14513
To share a special memory or light a candle please visit www.murphyfuneralservices.com.