Robert “Bob” Philip Kortvelesy

Robert “Bob” Philip Kortvelesy (aka “Robot” to his wife and friends) passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 16, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Manhattan, NY and raised in Bayside, NY, Bob received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute soon after he married his late wife of over 60 years. Bob also served in the United States Air Force, before embarking on a career as an engineer at Chrysler in Newark, DE. After his retirement, Bob spent his days in the dedicated art room in his home creating beautiful landscape and abstract paintings.

Bob was much cherished by his friends and family. He was known for his intelligence, humor, and caring nature. An avid swimmer from a young age, Bob spent his summers at his beach house in New Jersey, always ready to entertain visitors from near and far. Bob enjoyed listening to classical and jazz music with a martini in his hand. He was an avid fan of the NY Mets and rarely missed a game, even if it meant listening to it on a crackling radio.

Bob leaves behind his beloved children, Laura Freeman (Dan), Richard Kortvelesy (Lynn), Suzanne Brown (Douglas), and Joy Stromski (James); his grandchildren, Hilary Donahue (James), Nathaniel Kortvelesy (Olivia), Christopher Stromski, Erin Keiper (Sean), and Renee Stromski; and his great-grandchildren, Damien Dillard, Sophia Donahue, Finn Kortvelesy, Judah and Miles Keiper. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Phyllis Kortvelesy, his parents, Kalman and Henrietta Kortvelesy, brother Jack Kortvelesy, and granddaughter Ambre Brown.

A funeral service for family and friends will be held at 2 pm on Monday, June 7, 2021, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 276 South College Avenue, Newark, DE, followed by a gathering in the church hall. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the CDC and Governor of Delaware. Interment will be held privately.


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  • I will always remember my Uncle Rob
    (and Godfather), as a warm and quiet man with giant bear hugs. He charmed those around him with his quick wit and intellect. Uncle Rob’s humility was one of my favorite qualities about him.
    He loved to share stories about his original paintings… I especially love his landscapes of LBI, where we have many fond memories of visits with Uncle Rob and Aunt Brook and family.
    He will be missed a lot! XO

  • My deepest condolences for the loss of your dear Dad. He was a fine man and may he rest in God’s arms.

    Judy and Vic DiRienzo

  • I met Bob in 1989 at Saint Thomas’s Episcopal Church. I will never forget the kindness he showed to me over the years. Bob was a compassionate man of keen insight, high integrity and strong faith. The world could use more people like him. It may bring some comfort to his family and friends to be reminded of how he touched so many people with his gentle spirit.