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Robert E. McKelvey Jr.

December 25, 1934 — July 30, 2023

In Loving Memory of Mr. Robert (Bob) Edward McKelvey, Jr.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mr. Robert (Bob) Edward McKelvey, Jr., who peacefully left us on Sunday, July 30th, 2023, at Brightview Assisted Living in Devon, PA. He was 88 years old. Bob was born on December 25, 1934 in Boston, Massachusetts, son of Robert and Gladys McKelvey.

Bob proudly graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a degree in Engineering.  He pursued his education further by obtaining a Masters of Business Administration from Temple University. Throughout most of his career, Bob lent his talents to General Electric as an Engineer.

Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years, Kathryn Audrey McKelvey (nee Kelly); four daughters, Susan McKelvey-Goggins (Jeff), Karen Brown (Phil), Michelle Hedquist (Brian), Diane McKelvey-Damm (Scott); nine grandchildren, Zachary Bowden, Kyle Brown, Erin Brown, Danielle Hedquist (Brett Iredell), Cameron Hedquist (Katie), Zoe Hedquist, Patrick Hedquist, Kathryn Staebler, and Aidan Staebler; three great-grandchildren, Leonard Iredell-Hedquist, Hailey Hedquist and Jacob Hedquist. Bob also has one surviving sibling, Mary Ellen Bashioum.

In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his sister, Patricia McKelvey Pugh.

Bob enjoyed golf, sailing and above all was an avid reader, always immersed in the pages of books and newspapers.

To honor his memory, the family has decided not to hold a funeral or memorial service at this time.  Instead, they request that those who wish to pay their respects contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association, a cause close to their hearts. Donations may be made at


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