Bob Gelman
GELMAN - Bob (Bernard) passed away on January 25, 2021, of COVID-19. Bob was born in 1932 in Brooklyn. Graduating from Brooklyn College with a teaching degree, Bob taught 5th grade in the Long Island districts of Lindenhurst and Great Neck. He enjoyed warm relations with his students and families alike. Bob was an avid skier in winter and a golfer in every other season. He spent many summer afternoons at Jones Beach with a radio by his side, listening to the Yankees games or to classical music on WQXR. He married the love of his life Janet Wilderman in 2000, and together they attended Broadway shows and concerts at Lincoln Center. Bob and Janet traveled regularly to Carolina Beach, NC where they owned a condominium. Sadly, Janet lost her battle to COVID-19 just 3 weeks after Bob did. Bob was a person who embraced life fully. He was a sweet, funny guy who will be missed by all who knew him.


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Published by Newsday on Feb. 24, 2021.
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Bob was like an older brother to me... We met in 1981 at North Middle School. Where we were both faculty members...Bob and I quickly bonded over our mutual interests of skiing and schmoozing... He enjoyed theatre, classical music and the New York Yankees ..... Bob was 17 years older than me and spent hours describing his beloved Brooklyn and Queens in such detail that I felt I grew up in that era...We skied all over the United States from Vermont Colorado and Utah.... Hours were spent just laughing and joshing each other.... We accepted each other´s eccentricities with humor and sensitivity.. His wife Janet added more joy and happiness in her constant devotion to Bob.. Unfortunately they both passed from Covid... In Bob´s later years when he no longer had the capacity to golf and ski we would often just go to the movies and out for dinner. To the very end Bob never lost his sense of humor..... He loved to tease me which I rapidly returned in kind... Being with Bob was always like an episode from Seinfeld............ With Bob´s passing part of me has also passed into distant memories.
Jeff Schikler
March 11, 2021
RIP Bob... you are missed... Hang out with Stan... lots of love, Mimi, Fredda, Paul, and Nancy
Nancy loskot
March 1, 2021
We met Bob in 1994, when he started dating my wife Lucille's sister Janet and they married in 2000, then Bob became my brother-in-law. We spent many happy times, vacations, parties and celebrations together. Always wearing a smile, jeans and sneakers, listening to classical music and reading Newsday Bob also liked to do crossword puzzles. A friendly guy, well loved by all who knew him, including many of his students, some of whom took him out to celebrate his birthday more than a few times. Bob was a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees, he even made me a fan. We spent countless hours watching Yankee games on tv and listening to John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman do the play by play on the radio. I will miss sharing the Yankee games with him, for sure. Over the years, we had lots of good times with Bob and Janet, who both died from COVID-19 within three weeks of each other. Now our house is empty and silent, we miss them both, our hearts are broken. Rest In Peace, you will always be in our hearts, we love you. Lucille and Bill Marcy
Bill Marcy
February 24, 2021
This what I knew about Uncle Bob. He was a warm, sweet and welcoming man. He was often smiling and naturally made conversations with guests, he could easily chat about anything it seemed. He always made you feel that he cared about you and events in your life, because he genuinely did. He will be remembered by many for these and numerous other sincere qualities. He will be missed. Rest In Peace Uncle Bob.
Barbara
February 24, 2021