In Remembrance of Robert J. Fleese
Robert J. FleeseClarks 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.