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Robert Joseph Rockefeller

KENT — Robert Joseph Rockefeller, 75, a thirty-two year resident of Kent, most recently of Lagrangeville, N.Y., died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. Bob retired as a supervisor from Wassaic Development Center following a 30-year career with New York State. Following his retirement he worked with the Education Connection as a special education assistant at New Milford High School for 12 years.

Born June 1, 1946, in Sharon, he was the son of the late Harold R. and Gladys R. (Odell) Rockefeller. Following his high school years he served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1968. In 1979 he met Richard Neil Sinclair, and they remained together for nearly 44 years. Mr. Sinclair survives in Lagrangeville.

Bob attended college throughout the years at Dutchess Community and received an LPN degree, he also continued to further his education in child psychology while working at Wassaic, where he was instrumental in helping to establish specialized units for disabled children. He also worked one on one in the after-school sports program at New Milford High. He will be dearly missed by all.

In addition to Mr. Sinclair, Bob is survived by his loving sister, Caroline Burke of Millerton; his niece, Donna Burke of Canton; two nephews, Gary Burke of Canton and Daniel Burke of Millerton; a great niece, Athena Burke and two great nephews, Ethan and Joshua Burke and many friends and colleagues.

Calling hours will held on Tuesday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton.

A funeral service will take place at 11 a.mm at the funeral home. Rev. Zora F. Cheatham will officiate. Burial with Standard Military Honors will follow at Irondale Cemetery in Millerton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Millerton Legion Post 178, 155 Route 44, Millerton, N.Y. 12546 or Special Olympics of New York. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.conklinfuneralhome.com.

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