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Robert J. Allen

1938 - 2020
Robert J. Allen Obituary

Robert J. Allen of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., passed away peacefully at Albany Medical Center Dec. 19.

Bob was born May 18, 1938, in Hazleton. He was the son of the late John and Mary Allen.

Bob attended King's College, Wilkes-Barre, where he earned a master's degree in education. Bob was also a U.S. Army reservist in his younger years.

Bob's professional career started in Ellenville, N.Y., where he taught history. Bob also taught in Colonie, N.Y., before taking a position with the New York State United Teachers Union (NYSUT). Bob served as regional coordinator for their Potsdam, Plattsburgh and Watertown offices until his retirement in 1993.

After retiring Bob and the love of his life, Shirley Welch, moved to Green Valley, Ariz., and remained out west until 2016. During retirement, he was very active in the Baja Softball league as both a player and manager. In addition to softball, Bob and Shirley were very active socially in Green Valley. Bob was an avid reader in his spare time, enjoyed his sports cars and other outdoor activities. They both loved living in the southwest. After a brief stay in 2016 in Bristol, Tenn., Bob and Shirley moved east to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he remained until his death.

Bob was predeceased by his parents; and sister, Julie Watro and her husband, Thomas.

Survivors include his three children, Chuck Allen (Mellisa); Kim (Alex Cohen); Jay Allen (Stephanie) his six grandchildren, Chantelle, Lexi, Luke, Olivia, Sophia and Zachary; and one great-grandson, Julian.

There are no services scheduled at this time.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

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