Robert E. Dorsey

April 16, 1947 - July 25, 2013

HARTWICK - Robert Edward Dorsey, age 66, died early Thursday morning, July 25, 2013, at his home in Hartwick.

He was born April 16, 1947, in Jersey City, New Jersey, a son of Bernard and Ruth (Hannigan) Dorsey.  

Raised and educated in West New York, New Jersey, Bob attended Memorial High School. 

Soon after leaving school, he was drafted into the United States Army and was formally inducted August 16, 1965. He served as a Medic during the Vietnam War until receiving his Honorable Discharge in August 1968.

Upon his return to New Jersey, Bob was employed at various jobs, including working for Westinghouse Elevator and I. Weiss & Sons, Inc. in Manhattan. He also attended Jersey City State College. He later worked as an electrician for the fire and police departments and at one time served as Union President of the Communications Workers of America (C.W.A.) Local 1045 in West New York, New Jersey. His last job, from which he retired, was as a human resource director for the Town of West New York, New Jersey. Even though he no longer lived in town his heart was still in West New York. During his employment with the town he continually strived to insure that residents and employees were treated with respect and fairness. He was always trying to improve the quality of life for the residents and employees.

For the past 17 years, Bob has been a resident of Hartwick, and faithfully served as a volunteer with the Food Bank in Hartwick and at The Lord's Table at St. James Church in Oneonta.

Bob will be greatly missed by his wife of 34 years, the former Barbara Stoldt, whom he married on April 7, 1979, in Union City, New Jersey. His passing is further felt by their two children: one son, Brayden Dorsey and his wife, Danielle, and their son, Lucian; and one daughter Colleen Dorsey, all of Oneonta. Bob will be remembered for all the  nice things he did for others and his sense of humor. He was devoted to his family, making their welfare his top priority.  

Bob is also survived by one brother, Bernard Dorsey and his wife, Patricia, of Weehawken, New Jersey; three nephews, Bernie Jeff, Brian and Robert; and two nieces, Suzanne and Darlene.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his two sisters, Patricia Menard and Delores Burman.

Friends may call and pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

At the conclusion of the visitation on Wednesday afternoon, a service will be offered at 3 p.m. at the funeral home, with Deacon Randy Velez, officiating. Immediately following the funeral service, Military Honors will be accorded by members of the Cooperstown Veterans Club and the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.

If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers, or call them at (607) 547-8822.