Robert C Dailey

Robert C "Bob" Dailey Sr.

04-21-1942 - 04-02-2020
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Robert C. Dailey, Sr., AKA Bob, AKA Prof Bob, AKA Mr. Dailey, 77, resident of Rutherford for 40 years, passed away surrounded by his family Thursday, April 2nd, 2020. He was born in Hutchinson, KS to Cole M. and Julia A. (nee Allen) Dailey April 21st, 1942.

Bob proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1964 to 1969, flying in two tours of the Vietnam War. He earned the rank of Captain, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, and five Air Medals.

He met his dearest wifemate, Priscilla (nee Fieder) in June 1978 and they married two months later. They were married for a very happy 41 years. After having their first born male child, Robert C. Dailey II, they moved to Rutherford from FL in 1980. They raised three beautiful children, all graduates of Rutherford High School.

Bob worked for American Express for 33 1/2 years. Upon his retirement from American Express, he became a substitute teacher at Rutherford High School for nine years. He enjoyed getting to know his students and to "attend" the same high school as his kids. While teaching at RHS, he also was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University in the Business and Science Department. Most recently, he added recycled paper inspector for CCIC to his workload.

He was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church, Rutherford, for 40 years. He served as warden and proudly and humbly lent his voice to the choir as the only baritone. He especially loved volunteering and setting up the lights for the annual Holly Fair for 28 years with Priscilla and his family.

Bob is survived by his devoted wifemate, Priscilla, his loving children, Robert C. Dailey II and wife, Christin, Cole Major Dailey III, Margaret "Meg" and husband, Jacob Bizub, grandchildren, JJ and Daniel Warren with one awaiting arrival. He is predeceased by his sister, Vickee Greer (2009.)

A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be planned at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Grace Episcopal Church, Rutherford, Music Department in his memory.
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Liam Otero

Posted at 03:01pm
I had the privilege of knowing Prof. Bob both as a student at RHS and as a parishioner of Grace Church. Prof. Bob was one of the friendliest people I knew in town, and we always talked for hours at a time about history, education, and his experience in the military and in academia. When I first started going to Grace Church, I recall how quickly he and Prisc welcomed me and my family into the church community. Prof Bob was among the most genuinely kindhearted, loving, and enormously joyful people I ever had the honor to know. His wife, Prisc, and his entire family epitomize Prof Bob’s same spirit of togetherness and warmth. Prisc, Robert, Meg, Cole, and all of the Daileys: You are in my constant thoughts and prayers. May God bring you an abundance of strength and comfort now and always. With my deepest condolences, Liam

Pris Posted at 11:23am

Thank you, Liam. Your words bring such comfort with them. It will be an emptier place in this world without him but for those of us that have memories of his time with us he'll always be in our hearts. xo

Tilsim Pinarbasi

Posted at 03:31am
Years and years ago you stopped me from dropping out of school my sophomore year when I was going through some tough times with my family. You’re the reason I graduated all the way to a bachelors degree.
I am so sad to see you go, you were truly the one and only teacher I’ve ever had who has listened and heard me.

Cole Dailey Posted at 06:05pm

Thank you for your kind words about my father. It is comforting to know that he had such an impact on your life. I can’t put into words how much he will be missed.

Mateusz Marciniak

Posted at 01:53am
Mr. Dailey left a long lasting impact on my life and taught invaluable lessons

Nicole Nelson

Posted at 04:03pm
I am still in complete shock over his passing. He was such a wonderful, funny, kind, generous, larger-than-life man. I will forever be grateful for all of the times I got to spend with him. He was truly one in a million!!! Love you and miss you Bob!

Pris Dailey Posted at 10:21am

Thank you, Nicole. He absolutely loved all the times we were able to get together with you and your Mom. The memories will always bring me comfort.


Posted at 01:47pm
We loved visiting with Bob, Pris and the kids...good times to share.

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