RICHMOND, Virginia —Robert “Bob” Emmett Morely, 93, of Richmond, Va., passed away peacefully at McGuire VA Hospital on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.
Born July 3, 1929 in Warren, to the late Emmett Joseph and Naomi Morley, he was predeceased by his wife, Helen Julia Stemock Morley, with whom he enjoyed 64 years of marriage, and his sister, Elaine Guesman.
He is survived by his brother, John David Morley (Penny); and her five children, Tim Morley (Becka), Meg Groat (Gary), Kevin Morley (Susan), Kathleen Dailey-St. John and Robert E. Morley Jr. (Jill); and his 18 grandchildren, Robert E. Morley III, Mary Proietti, Thomas Morley, John Morley, Sun Mor and Eileen Morley; Dan Morley, Patrick Morley and Kelly Morley; Kieran and Caroline Morley; Ryan Groat, Kevin Groat, Michael Groat and Amy Groat; and Matthew Dailey, Katie Dailey and Tyler St. John; and great-grandchildren, Keely Groat and Maddock Groat; Edith Morley and Emilynne Morley.
Bob graduated from Warren G. Harding High School and attended Youngstown College. He served in the army from 1951 to 1952 as a corporal, stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco, after training at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The stars aligned when he met a coal miner’s daughter, Helen Stemock, and they married in August 1955. Bob worked for Colgate-Palmolive as a salesman and eventually got into the sales for Republic Steel. The lovebirds had five children and Bob was transferred to Richmond in 1964, working as a regional salesman for Republic Steel selling lockers and shelving.
Bob loved golfing and bowling and bowled on the St. Edward’s bowling team with Helen. He was a founding member of Knights of Columbus St. Edward Council 6546 and served for decades as a reader and cantor in St. Edward. Wow, could he sing! He loved to sing in the choir of the SPEBSQSA Barbershop Harmony Society. He volunteered many hours as a Boy Scout father and was always willing to help his sons deliver the newspaper by car on cold, wet mornings. As a child of the Depression, he maintained his savings throughout his life, taking advantage of hundreds of discount offers that often helped his kids a lot when they were in college.
Extremely sociable, Bob excelled at telling jokes and generating puns. Bob loved the beach and spent many vacations with his family in Sandbridge, where he enjoyed crabbing and swimming. A talented man, he could fix anything; and he included his children as helpers when he built a wonderful tree house. In 1978, he was part of the Richmond Friendship Force on a two-week citizen exchange in Genoa, Italy. There he and Helen forged a lifelong friendship with Carlo and Flavia Iannoni and their family and returned for further visits. Bob traveled with Helen to Ireland with the Irish American Society of Greater Richmond. He has roots in County Mayo, Ireland. Bob and Helen have also traveled to France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Ukraine.
A dedicated family man, Bob recently said his two greatest accomplishments were marrying Helen and raising her children. His children made him realize that he was a wonderful father. His family knows he now wipes lipstick from Helen’s kisses, savors his delicious holupki stuffed cabbage, sips Amaretto di Saronno, and reunites with many old friends.
Bob’s family will receive friends and family from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at Bliley’s – Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond. A funeral mass and interment in the columbarium will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Bon Air at a later date. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.blileys.com.