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Robert “Bob” J. Kleid - Oak Island

Robert “Bob” J. Kleid, 79, of Oak Island, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at his home. Mr. Kleid was born in Brooklyn, NY to Robert F. and Hazel Smith Kleid. After serving four years in the US Navy during the Korean War, he attended the Institute of Design & Construction and became a NY State Registered Architect. He retired as a partner from The Eggers Group Architect & Planners of NYC. Among his work as project architect was the Phase 1 & 2 replacement buildings at the Nassau Community College Campus and the South Street Seaport project in lower Manhattan. In North Carolina some of his pro bono work included assisting in the design and construction of the original St. James Fire Department and Town Hall building. In 1998 he was appointed chairman of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Planning and Building Committee for the new church under Father Doug Lawson. He provided the building program and assisted in the design of the church. During construction he acted as full time construction manager through the dedication in 2006. He also provided design service for the conversion of the garage to a student chapel at UNCW.

Bob was a charter member and past chairman of the Suffolk County Handicap Advisory Board, Past Grand Knight in the Bay Shore Knights of Columbus, Past President of the Bay Shore Brightwater Republican Party. He was a charter member of the St. James Fire Department (retired) and the third president of the fire department board of directors.

He is survived by his wife Diane Kleid of the home, his sister Marge Diebner, six children Barbara Oruc, Karen Tossey, Robert Kleid, Richard Kleid, Jeanmarie Doyle, and Daniel Kleid; seven step children, Denise Barnes, Kathy Lahey, Timothy Greene, Lori Glynn, Thomas Greene, Christine Wernersbach, and Janet Wall; 19 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Friday, November 11, 2011 from 2-4 pm and from 6-8 pm at Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service in Southport. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Reverend Doug Lawson officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium.

Memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart Council of the Knights of Columbus, 5269 Dosher Cut Off Rd., Southport, NC 28461.

You may offer online condolences at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

You may send flowers at www.FTD.com.

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport

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