POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Robert (Bob) Cleary, of the town of Poughkeepsie, died Saturday, June 11 at Luthern Care Center. He was 82.
He was born Feb. 22, 1934, in Mount Kisco, the son of Robert F. Cleary and Helen Sherman Cleary. On May 11, 1958, he was married to the former Joan Eagan, who survives at home. He was a service manager at various auto dealerships in the area for more than 50 years.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-57 in France and Germany. He was an instructor in German technical advisory group on U.S. tanks. He attended tank school in Aberdeen, Md.
He loved working on cars. He worked in the automobile industry for 50 years until his retirement.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Debi Skapetis (James), Bill Cleary (Lisa), Donna Feller (Steve) and Karen Albrecht (Steve); grandchildren, Chrissy Gallagher (Scott), Mikey Skapetis and fiancé Kerry, Tyler Albrecht and Keri Cleary; great-grandchildren, Brooke Skapetis, Xavier Gallagher, Connor and Colten Skapetis and Leighla Gallagher; a brother, James Cleary; cousins, Carole and Pam Nugent; several nephews; and a granddog, Cindiluwho.
He was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Sokol; and an aunt and uncle, Dot and Jack Nugent.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Delehanty Funeral Home, 64 E. Main St., Wappingers Falls. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church, 11 Clinton St., Wappingers Falls. Private burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
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