In Remembrance of Robert J. Fleese

Robert J. Fleese

Robert J. Fleese

Clarks Summit, PA January 21, 1949 ~ January 1, 2015 Date of Service: January 11, 2015

Robert J. Fleese, 65, of Clarks Summit, died Thursday afternoon in V.N.A. Hospice at Geisinger-Community Medical Center.  He is survived by his wife, Gretchen Ludders.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Pauline Fleese, Bob received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and went on to attain his master’s degree in Social Work from the former Marywood College.  He had been employed as CEO of Keystone Community Resources. 

Also surviving is a sister, Patricia Sweetman and her husband Sidney of Taylor; brothers Joe Fleese of Winter Garden, FL, and Ken Fleese of Scranton; aunts Rose Kane and Florence Shylkofski, both of Scranton; as well as a niece, Kerri Best and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald.

Bob worked for Keystone Community Resources, an agency providing services and supports to persons with developmental disabilities for the past 45 years. Bob’s career at Keystone began in 1970 as a direct support professional. Bob’s intellect, dedication, compassion and leadership abilities led him to rise amongst the ranks to become Keystone’s President and CEO. Under Bob’s leadership Keystone flourished and became and agency known for providing quality community based programs. He was a mentor to young professionals and a valued colleague who served on numerous boards, most notably the Pennsylvania Advocacy & Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) and the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Provider Council.

Bob’s appreciation for the Arts inspired him to create the Art Works Gallery & Studio in Scranton an integrated Art Studio that offers all individuals an opportunity for artistic expression. He was truly a leader in his field, creating a progressive human service organization with a bright future and dedicated staff. Bob was a patron of the arts, loved, jazz, power walking, hiking, the New York Times, the beach, spending time with family and friends and traveling. Bob always had a caring ear for folks in need. He will indeed be sorely missed by all.

Friends may call at the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, on Sunday from 2-5 p.m.  There will be a period of open reverence beginning at 4 p.m. where those in attendance have the opportunity to share their thoughts and memories about Bob.  Immediately following the service friends and colleagues are invited to join the family at Art Works Gallery & Studio at 503 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, from 5-7pm for light fare.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Jazz Education Program at www.cotajazz.org/patrons.

 

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Barbara Giovagnoli
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Re: In Remembrance of Robert J. Fleese
Reply #17 on : Mon January 12, 2015, 11:55:46
I am so sorry for the sadness of Bob's passing Gretchen.
What an amazing individual.
Blessings to you and your family.
Katie Evans Weinschenk
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Re: In Remembrance of Robert J. Fleese
Reply #16 on : Mon January 12, 2015, 08:13:46
Gretchen, sorry I could not attend the services, thoughts and prayers are with you
Jamie Peters
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Condolence for Bob Fleese
Reply #15 on : Sun January 11, 2015, 12:04:11
I had the pleasure to work for 22years in various positions at Keystone Community Resources. I knew Bob enough to engage him in many conversations regarding Art, music and of course work. His passing is a great loss indeed.
Sincerest sympathy;
Jamie Peters
Leslie Collins
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Bob
Reply #14 on : Fri January 09, 2015, 08:51:09
Gretchen, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Bob. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Leslie
Ann Marie Coyne
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Re: In Remembrance of Robert J. Fleese
Reply #13 on : Thu January 08, 2015, 11:53:07
I went to high school with Bob and later worked for him for 16 years. He was the most kind and gentle man I have ever known.He was also the most humble unassuming person I ever met. He had a strong moral compass that served the consumers and employees of Keystone well. He left a very large footprint that will be next to impossible for Keystone to fill. Bob will live in the legacy of his dedication for people with developmental disabilities. I cannot imagine the pain that his passing has caused for you, his family. You will be in my prayers and I will miss my friend Bob.
Ann Marie Coyne
peter cupple MD
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Re: In Remembrance of Robert J. Fleese
Reply #12 on : Thu January 08, 2015, 10:07:56
i am so very sorry gretchen. bob was such a warm friendly person. we will miss him.
Sandra Mungro King
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Bob Fleese
Reply #11 on : Wed January 07, 2015, 23:08:29
My heart goes out to the family, friends and colleagues of Bob's. It was an honor to know him as CEO of Keystone. He was always soft spoken and kind. It was a shock to hear of his passing and I pray that this company will honor his memory by continuing his legacy. You are truly missed Mr. Fleese.
Michael Downend
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Re: In Remembrance of Robert J. Fleese
Reply #10 on : Wed January 07, 2015, 12:34:34
Bob was a kind, gentle and giving man - one of the best I've ever know. I will celebrate his life with a candle at Our Lady of Guadaloupe Cathedral near my home here in Mexico.
Michael Downend
Alice & Frank Naughton
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Condolences
Reply #9 on : Wed January 07, 2015, 11:51:06
We knew Bobby, as we called him, since he was a boy, passing our home on Brick Ave. going to school or the bus stop. He was such a wonderful, kind, polite energetic young man then. We lost track of him once he moved from Cayuga St. It does not surprise us that he has left such a wonderful legacy. The world is a better place because of him. Our sympathy is with his family and dear friends.
Aaron Tersteeg
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So Sad for your loss
Reply #8 on : Wed January 07, 2015, 11:50:44
Our deepest sympathy for your family's loss. Rest in peace Bob.
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