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Robert D. Kertes

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“Coached me in Basketball in the two years i played for the owls i scored 1,100 points because he believed in me and allow me to play my game R.I.P....Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Jeff Highsmith - NJ - student

“"Nice guys finish last!" That's what Coach Bob Kertes used to drum into our heads during basketball practice in 1968. We would hear it loudly and...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Bill Dewees - North Brunswick, NJ

“Mr. Kertes was my gym teacher back in Bartle School. Very nice man, may he rest in peace. Thoughts are with his family and friends. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: AnnMarie Lapelosa - HP, NJ

“Mr. Kertes was a great teacher and I enjoyed having him in school and for the many years of friendship that followed with both him and his family. ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Mitchell Dakelman - Highland Park, NJ

“Played for him, coached with him. Always had the kids' best interests at heart. Sincere, honest and professional in everything he did. I'm a better...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Jack Fertig - Fresno, CA

1978 Gym Picture
6 of 14 | Posted by: Lee Smith

“I always appreciated the professionalism of Mr. Kertes. My favorite HS picture was with him. Great to see he has lived a long life. Class of 1978. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Lee Smith - Haskell, NJ

“I t was an honor to have to have played for him.He was a great man and coach. I thank you for my nickname that you gave me-Mr.hustle ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Ted Krzyzanowski - Manchester, NJ

“I remember Mr. Kertes as a gym teacher and coach...always kind and gentle. May he rest in peace. Condolences to his family. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Kim Glatt (Yochai) Class of 80 - NY

“Mr. Kertes was a good teacher, a good coach, and a great man. I always admired and respected him. He was an exceptional human being. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Aaron Adams - Missouri City, TX

“My deepest sympathy to the family of Bob Kertes. I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing "Big Bob" as we called him while growing up in the...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: George Simko - Millsboro,

“Bob was a great friend and I enjoyed coaching with him for many years! We always enjoyed a few beers and a lot laughs after the games ! He will be...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Bob Torrone - Sea Girt, NJ

“A wonderful man who had enough humility to always listen to his JV coach Bob Torrone during the games. Coached Joe Polito and Ricky Earle a tandem...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Joel Potter - Monroe, NJ

“I was so sad to get the news of Bob's Passing. I have very fond memories of working with him. He was was such a kind and gentle man. My deepest...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Minnella - Belmar, NJ


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Robert was born on May 1, 1935 and passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Robert was a resident of Edison, New Jersey at the time of passing.

He was a graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts and received his master's degree at the University of Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Highland Park High School, to establish a Robert D. Kertes Senior Student Award.

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