Robert T. Kiernan(Bob) peacefully passed away in the loving arms of his wife of 53 years Mary Ellen on July 3, 2016 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
He was born August 5, 1940 in Somerville, MA, the second son of the late James C. and Mary Kiernan.
In addition to his wife Mary Ellen he is survived by his two daughters: MaryEllen Frank(Andrew) and Lisa George (Ronald); grandchildren: Peter, Ellie, Tess, Dominic, Charlotte, Emma, Elizabeth, Matthew and Robert; brother Gerard, husband of Margaret Postelwaite Kiernan; sister Mary Cronin, wife of Scott Guthery; sister-in-law Sheila Kiernan, along with nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his daughter Helen Kiernan Hammes and brother James P. Kiernan.
Robert graduated from Boston College in 1962 and arrived in Lancaster in 1971 with a vision to give every child a chance to succeed in life. His official title was Executive Director of the Boys Club which at that time consisted of a small building on Pershing Avenue. Robert, thru tireless campaigning garnered the support of the leaders of the community, and the James Hale Steinman clubhouse was built, greatly increasing the number of children served followed by decades of community support and additional club houses and camps to serve the children of the community.
Robert was a member of the Elks Conestoga Lodge 140 I.B.P.O.E. of W INC, the Conestoga Business Club, Rotary Club of Lancaster and Lancaster Pirates, in addition to serving on numerous local and national advisory boards. He was admired by colleagues for his leadership skills and out of the box thinking. He always had a plan B. Robert reveled in the time he spent with his grandchildren especially days on the Chesapeake Bay that including campfires, boating, fishing, crabbing and relaxing. He was a brilliant, kind and gentle man who will be missed by all.
A wake will be held at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602 on Monday, July 11, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 585 W. Walnut St., Lancaster, PA 17603 on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Michael E. Messner as celebrant.
Interment in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be sent to The Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster, P.O. Box 104, Lancaster PA. 17608.