Saturday, May 5, 2012
Robert K. Neely (May 2, 1939 – May 4, 2012)
My father was best known as a salesman who worked at Dick Barone Chevrolet and Rothrock Chevrolet in Springfield, Pa for a combined 55 years. He started at Dick Barone Chevrolet when he was just out of high school and worked his way up the ladder from auto mechanic and then into sales and became the sales manager where he spent the bulk of his time and made many friends in the community. When Barone Chevrolet was sold and became Rothrock Chevrolet he continued in management and then retired in September of 2009 due to complications from his battle with cancer. He was a man of honesty and integrity and was loved by all that knew him.
The last five months were probably the worst for him, and for us, but he took it in stride and rode it out. He was not in pain at the end and he died peacefully, which is what we wanted the most. I’m also glad the stress my mother felt over the years is now over and she can enjoy her life to the most as well now. She had given much of herself to him over the past ten years and was his rock. I’m personally glad he was there in 2007 and 2010 to see when I had received two awards. This picture above is from May 2010 when I was inducted into the Springfield High School’s 1st Inaugural “Arts Hall of Fame.”
He will be missed.
I love you.