Robert J. Bolen Jr.

Queensbury, Robert J. Bolen Jr.. passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at his home. He joined the love of his life and his own angel "Peggy" in heaven while surrounded by his loving family.  Robert was born Sept 7, 1924 in Montclair, NJ, the son of the late Robert and Mildred Bolen.   Besides his parents; Robert was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Peggy, his brother John Bolen and his sisters, Eleanor Christie, Mildred Lefferts and Catherine Cherry.

Survivors include his children, Robert J Bolen III of Lake George, Hanz W. Bolen of Sammamish, WA, Margaret (Richard) Liberti of Amsterdam, NY, Timothy (Maggie) Bolen of Pilot Knob, Thomas (Carole) Bolen of Queensbury,   his grandchildren: Brooke (Shawn Chichester) Bolen, Robert J. (Karlie) Bolen IV, Sean, James, and Adam Bolen, Richard and Tommy Liberti, Katie (Justin) Shirey, Erin Bolen and her fiancé Bryan Marsh,  Megan Bolen, Garrett, Tommy,  Jack, Devon and Caitlin Bolen, his great grandsons; Liam and Aiden Chichester and great granddaughter Josephine Shirey.

Robert was a devoted and loving husband and father, and proud patriarch of the five children and fifteen grandchildren and three great –grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart.   Robert lived his life for his family and loved the family gatherings at his lake house in Pilot Knob where all were welcome and treated like royalty.  He always made everyone feel special.  He loved working on projects around the lake house and sitting in his Kennedy rockers on the porch and visiting with the grandchildren and great grandchildren which he did right up to the day before he went to heaven.  We miss you and love you Dad. 

Growing up he attended seven different grammar schools as the family followed their fathers work, opening stores for Dugan Brothers Bakeries in New York, Long Island and New Jersey.  He had a genuine gift for making people feel comfortable. He made good friends and graduated from Roselle High school as senior class president. He then attended Seaton Hall University while working his way through college as a U S Postal service employee.  Graduating from Seton Hall during WWII, he enlisted in the U.S. Airforce landing in March Field, CA setting up radar winds aloft early warning stations up the West coast. 

While attending Seaton Hall University, he was invited to a dance hosted at Georgian Court College where he spotted the love of his life, Peggy White from a crossed the room. That was the beginning of a love story that lasted over 68 years, during which they were rarely apart.  When Mom passed he missed her dearly and spoke of her every day!

After leaving the service, Robert began his professional career in the packaging industry at Crown Cork and Seal. This started a journey spanning close to four decades working at such companies as; Gibson, Wheaton Industries, Roth Pac and Paragon Plastics. His genuine people skills and emphasis on making his customer’s job easier resulted in him becoming one of the industry’s top sales executives.  In the mid 1980’s Robert and his youngest son started Bolen Packaging after developing and patenting a new flip top closure for Wishbone salad dressing.  This resulted in 27 packaging industry patents and closures sold worldwide.

Family and friends may call from 1 to 4 PM Sunday, July 31, at Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home, 407 Bay Rd, Queensbury, NY 

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 AM on Monday August 1, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 50 Mohican St., Lake George, NY Interment will be at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd, Schuylerville, NY. Those who wish to make online condolences can do so at sbfuneral.com

Donations in Robert’s name made be made to: North Queensbury Firefighters Service Corp. PO Box 61, Cleverdale, NY 12820 or Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Dept. P O Box 70, Kattskill Bay, NY 12844

Our family would like to thank Amy Hogan-Moulton, Elaine Williams, Dr. Esper, Dr. Dennett and Ruth Fish, NP and the staff at Landmark Medical, whose dedication and compassion to Robert and our family was beyond the call of duty.  Words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude for their care and support.. Our father’s passing was one of love and peace. 

Special thanks to Amy Kingsley and the staff at Washington Center including all Bob’s “sweethearts” Val, Brittany, Erika, Darby, Katie, Shannon, Erika and Chrissy. We are humbled by the care and compassion they shared with our dad and family. They will always hold a place in our hearts.

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