Obituary: Robert (Bob) Haskell Kelso, 86, from Wilton

Information Courtesy Maison Funéraire Bouton

WILTON, CT —Robert (Bob) Haskell Kelso passed away peacefully at home on June 6, 2021 at the age of 86. He leaves behind his 59-year-old wife Luisa, son William and wife Allison, son Robert and wife Karen, and beloved grandchildren Andrew, Ella, Sydney, Abigail and Merritt. Bob is also survived by his sister Jean Senjor, his sister Ruth Thomas and her husband Roger, his sister Anne Tittler and her husband Bob, his cousin George (Skip) Haskell and his wife Karen and his cousin Judy Gill and her husband John.

Bob was born in Sewickley, Pa., Son of D. William Kelso and Pearl Winifred Haskell, and raised in Ambridge, Pa. He graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1956. He proudly served in the US Army in Korea in the Military Intelligence Corps. After completing his military service, he graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and began his accounting career with Arthur Young. He pursued a career in finance working for Trans World Airlines and American Airlines and as CFO of several companies including Moore & Munger, Inc. in Fairfield Connecticut. In retirement, he was president of Cross Oil, a specialty refinery. He had long resided in Wilton Connecticut, where he and Luisa have resided since 1979. His two sons are graduates of Wilton High School.

Bob had a passion for travel and was always planning his next trip. He traveled with Luisa to all seven continents, including Antarctica in 2017, which included a heart-wrenching sea voyage around Cape Horn. He and Luisa made frequent bicycle trips to the United States and Canada.

Highlights of his international trip included: China, Peru, Amazon, St. Petersburg and many other cities in Europe, Singapore, Tanzania and Australia where he was able to visit his son Rob and his family before they moved back to Wilton in 2014.

While his passion was traveling, he dedicated his life to service where he used his financial talents after retirement. He served in the Citizens Democracy Corps in Bulgaria in 1996, helping businesses convert to a market economy after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Bob served for 10 years on Wilton’s finance board, four of which were as chairman. He has also held various other positions in the City of Wilton, including on the Zoning Board of Appeals and as Chairman of the Pension Investment Committee.

Bob was an active member of Wilton Congregational Church and served in many volunteer positions at the church, including that of general president. He has also served as Treasurer and Trustee of the Wilton Library, Trustee of the Wilton Historical Society, and a founding member of the Board of Directors of Stay at Home in Wilton.

Bob will be buried at Hillside Cemetery in Wilton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Bob Kelso to the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton Connecticut 06897 and Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Road, Wilton Connecticut 06897.

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