OSWEGO, NY – Robert E. Schell, 77, of Oswego Town, died Wednesday April 6, 2016, at Oswego Hospital.
Born in Flushing, NY, he was the son of the late Robert Jr. and Margaret Elizabeth (Schulz) Schell.
Bob worked as a guidance counselor before moving to Oswego in 1967, working as a residential dorm director and in the Student Affairs Office. He then became an associate dean of students while teaching courses in multiple departments.
After retirement in 2005, he continued to consult on many projects at the college.
He was active with the Emeriti Foundation.
A lifelong musician, Bob continued to perform with the SUNY Oswego college orchestra and the Oswego City Summer Band. He also played French horn and trumpet at Faith United Church where he was a devout member.
He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed reading.
He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 50 years, Kay (Haswell) Schell, in 2011.
Surviving are his children, Todd (Kathryn) Schell of Liverpool and Nancy (Phil) Trower, of North Tonawanda, NY; a sister, Margaret (Ray) Watson, of Nevada; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Schell, William Schell, Samuel Fuster and Maxwell Fuster; three step-grandchildren, Matthew, Brooke and Vince Trower.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Faith United Church, 12 Mark Fitzgibbons Drive, Oswego.
Spring burial will be in Oswego Town Rural Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held 1-4 p.m. Sunday, at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bob’s memory to the Oswego College Foundation, 215 Sheldon Hall, SUNY Oswego, NY 13126, or online at www.alumni.oswego.edu/givenow