Robert Kester

Obituary of Robert E. Kester

Robert E. Kester, 77, of Middleport, N.Y. passed away peacefully surrounded by family on September 5, 2020 to be with his wife Gail to celebrate their 44th anniversary. He was born February 23, 1943 in Buffalo, NY to the late Robert and Loretta Kester. Robert has been a member of the Middleport United Methodist Church since he moved to Middleport in 1977. Robert joined the Middleport Fire Department on July 10, 1978. He served as the fire department’s chaplain and fire police. Robert was predeceased by his wife Gail Kester in May 2020. He is survived by his children Jennifer (Michael) Braun of Sarasota FL, R. Sean (Paula) Kester of Sarasota FL, Robin (Tom) Greg of Doylestown PA, step children Charlene (Kenny) Heschke of Gasport NY and Yvonne (Christopher) Lane of Lockport NY; grandchildren Jacqueline Braun, Corey (Alicia) Martin, Adam Braun, Andrea (Tina) Braun, Julia Braun, Olivia Kester, Solenne Greg, Seth Lane and Roman Greg; a sister, Suzanne Kester, a brother, Paul (Lori) Kester, a niece Kaitlyn (Vince) Cherry, a nephew Jeffrey (Kristina) Kester, a sister in law, Jean Vandenberghe (Barbara Branski). He is also survived by several cousins and many friends in the community, fire department and church family. The family will receive friends at the Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home 38 State St. Middleport on Friday, May 21, 2021 from 4:00-7:00pm. A Celebration of Life Service for Bob and Gail will be held at the Middleport United Methodist Church, 9 Vernon St. Middleport on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Robert’s name may be made to the Middleport United Methodist Church or Middleport Fire Department. To share a special memory of Robert, please visit

Calling Hours

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, May 21, 2021
Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home - Middleport
38 State St.
Middleport, New York, United States

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Middleport United Methodist Church
9 Park Ave.
Middleport, New York, United States
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