Robert George Kelsch

Robert George Kelsch 040319 onlineJune 18, 1946 – March 1, 2019 Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Emily and Felix, Bob was the youngest of eight children and lived the first twelve years of his life in a two-bedroom house with his seven siblings. Bob grew up an avid player of hockey, basketball and soccer and was a committed student earning a B.A., Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in the same field from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, while also winning the United Kingdom’s national basketball championship. Soon thereafter, he married the love of his life, Roberta, and began his career in the telecommunications industry at Bell Northern Research, spending five years in Ottawa, Ontario.

In 1978, Bob and Roberta relocated to the Bay Area where they were blessed with two sons, Tim and Chris. Bob’s career with Northern took the family next to Dallas, Texas and then on to England before returning to California when he joined Raynet in 1992 and then BeamReach in 1997. As his family expanded to include Khara, Chris’s wife, and their two children, Theo and Leia, and then Becci, Tim’s wife, Bob’s world grew ever sweeter. Bob lived happily in Los Altos amongst a circle of dear friends who were always there to enjoy the good times and provide support through the bad. In April of 2018, Bob was diagnosed with Lymphoma and, after a year-long battle, he passed away at Stanford University Hospital with his wife and two children by his side. In life, Bob enjoyed carpentry, cooking, playing golf, and telling jokes (or as he called them “classics”) around the dinner table. Bob was a loving, intelligent and patient man who devoted himself to his family and enjoyed few things more than entertaining at his home. In death, as he did in life, Bob demonstrated grace and strength of character that served as inspiration to those around him. He made an indelible impact on the people in his life and will be missed dearly. The family would like to thank the medical team at Stanford University for their tireless care during Bob’s treatment. In keeping with Bob’s favorite pastime, his family held a memorial celebration of Bob’s life with close friends and family at the Kelsch residence on March 30, 2019. Many “classics” were told.

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