Robert X. Kelleher Jr.
(Asbury Park Press)

Robert X. Kelleher Jr. 47, of Rumson, passed away Monday, July 20, 2009, at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. He was born in Queens, N.Y. and grew up in Hauppauge, Long Island. He lived in Middletown for several years before moving to Rumson seven years ago. Robert was employed as a property adjuster for Chubb Insurance for 15 years. He was a communicant of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Rumson. Bob was the active captain of the Rumson First Aid Squad, and served his community, friends and neighbors tirelessly. He was an avid tri-athlete most notably completing three Ironman competitions and 11 consecutive New York City marathons. He was a member of T.R.O.G lacrosse league in Rumson, and enjoyed spending his time coaching his son in football, soccer, baseball and lacrosse. Most important to him was spending time with his family and friends. Bob's kind spirit and generous nature will be truly missed by all who knew him. The sight of him running throughout Rumson will remain with us forever.
He was predeceased by his son, Thomas X. Kelleher; and his mother-in-law and father-in- law, Rose and Nick Roma. Surviving are his wife of 18 years, Denise Kelleher and his 10 year old son, Patrick of Rumson; his parents, Robert and Carol Kelleher; three sisters, Karen Hellman and her husband Christopher of Fair Haven, Jane McLoughlin and her husband Brendan of Red Bank, and Mary Chervet and her husband Alex of Pleasanton California; his sister-in-law, Linda Roma of Rumson; and his loving nieces and nephews, Katherine, Molly, Megan, and Emily Hellman, Jack, Christopher, and Allison Chervet, and Owen McLoughlin.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 23 at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. A Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, July 24 at Holy Cross R.C. Church, Rumson. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. Memorial donations may be made in Bob's name to Rumson First Aid Squad. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family through the funeral home's website at

Published by Asbury Park Press on Jul. 22, 2009.
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To the Kelleher Family;

The adjusters in the Boston branch are all so sad to hear of Bob's passing.

Most of us served with him on Catastrophe Duty at one time or another, and we all recall Bob's friendly, helpful manner during those difficult times.

I remember serving with him down in D.C. in 2001, and will never forget the sight of him jogging along M Street from the hotel to see losses in Georgetown. After all, it was only a few miles!

God Bless you all during this difficult time.
Jim Rogers
July 31, 2009
Dear Denise,
I am so saddened to hear of Bob's sudden passing on July 20th. I, too, worked with him at The Hartford and briefly car-pooled with him from Middletown to Rockaway claim offices. I shall always remember Bob as a gentleman and a man with a kind spirit.
My prayers are with you, your son and fmaily during these difficult days. May God send his angels to watch over you.
Veda White
July 29, 2009
Dear Denise,

It is with our deep regret to learn about the bad news of Bob, please accept our condolesences.

Life is upredictable and destinated, and we are at hands of God.

We know you are always incredible and strong.

Take good care and do not forget that you always have friends in the other part of the world caring and praying for you!

Best regards
Folks from the old days at Macys' Hong Kong
Lisa Mak/Sabrina Lee/Cynthia Lam
Lisa Mak
July 24, 2009
Dear Denise and Patrick,
I have come to know many wonderful families while teaching in Rumson, but yours was one of those that touched my heart. I hope that you will smile often recalling the special family times and the many fun memories that you will surely cherish forever. I will pray for God to give you the strength you need during this very difficult time.
bernadette ruane
July 23, 2009
To the Kelleher Family:

It is with deep regret and sadness that we learned of Bob's sudden passing. Both the staff of IRS and I will truly miss the pleasant, professional and personal relationships that we have established with him over the last several years.

Our most sincere sympathies and prayers ae extended to your family during this difficult time.

Tim Jarema and Staff
IRS, Inc.
July 23, 2009
I am an insurance agent that worked with Bob on many claims over the last 10 years. Bob was a gentleman and extremely professional. His sense of humor and fairness will be sorely missed. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Kelleher Family. Mary Geisenheimer Geisenheimer Agency
Mary Geisenheimer
July 23, 2009
I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and all your family.
sydna san giacomo
July 23, 2009
Dear Denise, Patrick and the Kelleher family,

I was very saddened to hear about Bob's passing. He was always good to be around at our "family" gatherings, whether happy or sad. He struck me as very generous in spirit, and I was glad he was married to you Denise, and the father of you, Patrick. I will hopefully be able to express myself in person at a later time--but I'm very, very sorry I can't make it to the planned services. My current work schedule won't allow me to come, but I promise I will visit in the near future, when it might be suitable for you. Until then, I send my love, and hope that you can find strength in the caring of those that knew and loved Bob. Take good care, "cuz," I love you.
Ray Pompilio
July 22, 2009
Dear Denise and Patrick, I was so shocked and sad to hear the news. I had the pleasure of working with Bob (and your Dad) at Chubb and was part of the "Princeton Crew". Even after I left Chubb he was always my "go to property guy" when I needed some help. What a great person he was and I will miss him greatly and the stories he told so well. He always made us laugh.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family and may the Lord help guide and support you all through this difficult time.
Lisa Pflug
July 22, 2009
Thinking and praying for you all. My heart aches for your loss. Find some comfort in knowing there is now a new angel watching over you.
Maria Thompson
July 22, 2009
Dear Denise and Patrick
We are with you in tought and prayer. There are no words to tell you how very sorry and sad we are!
Hugs to you both-----

Graham and Betty Lou Fuller
July 22, 2009
As an employee at Rumson Borough Hall, I had numerous occasions to speak to and consult with Bob on various matters. He was unfailingly friendly, kind and an all-around nice person, and will be deeply missed by all of us. My prayers are with his family and friends during this most difficult time

Hope Richardson
Borough of Rumson
Hope Richardson
July 22, 2009
My heart is broken. It is with profound sadness that I send heartfelt condolences to Bob's family.
Bob and I worked together at Hartford Insurance, and I have fond memories of him. My team was charged with daily challenges and Bob was able to conquer them and always with a smile. He shared his successes with my team in a positive, unassuming way. He was truly a shining light in our office. He loved his family, and he talked lovingly about them often particularly Denise (before his beautiful son was born). Bob truly understood the important things in life, that family came first. He was a true gentleman, in every sense of the word. God Bless.
Roberta McKenna
July 22, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of tragedy. I received this email from one of our vendors on Tuesday after he heard of Bob's passing and felt it was important to share it with you. It shows what Bob is all about.

"Bob, has always been one of the nicest, most easy going people to work for. He has always treated all of the members of this company with dignity and respect. He always believed in what we did and made us feel appreciated. We always believed that Bob was just a kind & fair minded person wanting a positive result.

I have personally had many nice conversations with Bob and I truly know that he was one of the "good guys" and loved his family and life very much.

Ironically, on 7/19/2009, this past Sunday, Bob sent me an email in return to an email I sent him in where I told him that I was sorry that three of our reports were a bit behind because I have been taking my newborn for all sorts of tests in the past two weeks. He responded to me with the following which I think summarizes his understanding of what is important in life:

Hi Ian:

No problems, glad to hear your son is OK. Family first.



I received this email on this past Sunday and for some reason, I thought about it all day long. I truly did! It was uplifting. It made me feel like he understands that family really is first and we are all somehow connected in an effort of taking care of our families while doing what needs to be done in the industry that provides for the needs of our families.

Because I had this email experience with Bob at the same time of his passing, I figured I would share it with you and his family. It is something that I will always remember.
Ken Karpinski
July 22, 2009
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