FORT EDWARD Robert "Rob" Keech, 55 years old, went into the arms of the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, surrounded by his family, at Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on Feb. 18, 1953, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late Sidney and Catherine Keech.

Rob was a graduate of Glens Falls High School. He went to Broward College in Florida and Adirondack Community College in Queensbury.

For 20 years, Rob worked for his mother at Catherine's Hearing Center in Queensbury. Then he became a painter for Neil Bartholomew in the area.

Rob played in the Country Express Band for 22 years with Andy Szostack, Bruce Mumblo, Joe Pelkey and Dick White. Along with the Country Express Band, Rob played at many area establishments, including Rick & Carols, The Outback Bar, Wayside, Brick Manor and The Court Grill. For many years, the Band played at Sandy Hill Days and the Washington County Fair. Rob also donated his time playing at local benefits for people with hardships. He was an excellent guitar player. Rob could play just about any song you wanted to hear.

He had three loves in his life; his children, his music and his fishing.

He always had fishing poles in the car, so he was ready to fish on a moments notice. Rob was very proud of his children and would do anything for them. He cherished the time spent with each of them. Rob had a very wonderful sense of humor on stage and off. He loved to make people laugh. Rob also enjoyed taking rides in the country and watching deer in the fields.

Survivors include his fiancee, Virginia Tennant of Fort Edward; his six children: Cory Keech of Cossayuna, Lindsey Keech of North Carolina, Graham Keech and Clayton Keech, both of Cossayuna, Patrick Dropper of Galway and Ryan Keech of Glens Falls; his five grandchildren: Willie, Sammi, Joshua, Jonathon and Jayden, all of North Carolina; his sister, Deborah (Keech) Hamblin of Fort Edward; his nephew, Elan Hamblin; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Friends may call on Saturday, March 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St., in Hudson Falls.

Funeral services will be conducted at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, following the calling hours at the funeral home, with the Rev. Thomas Babiuch, pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Fort Edward, officiating.

Online condolences may be made by visiting our Web site at www.carletonfuneralhome.com.

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