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Obituary: Rumson Native Robert A. "Bobby" Desmond, 75

Army Veteran and former member of Manalapan Police Department

Robert A. “Bobby” Desmond, 75, a Rumson native and a resident of Howell Township who was a longtime police officer, passed away at home on Monday, Dec. 31. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Signal Corps on Governors Island, New York.  Bobby retired from the Manalapan Police Department in 1994.  He was also a life member of P.B.A. Local 229 and the Blue Knights XV.  

Bobby is survived by: two sons, Joseph Desmond and his wife, Jennifer of Lumberton and Michael Desmond and his wife, Angela of Seattle, WA; a daughter, Virginia Koehler and her husband, Robert of Shrewsbury; eight grandchildren; a great grandson; a brother, James Desmond and his wife, Jackie of Howell; two sisters, Patricia Burtt of Middletown and Carol Clark of Old Bridge; and his former wife, Ann Desmond of Chesapeake, VA.

Visiting at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend his 11 a.m. funeral service at the funeral home on Thursday, Jan. 3. 

Cremation will be private.  For those who desire, memorial contributions in memory of Bobby may be made to P.B.A. Local 229, P.O. Box 72, Tennent, NJ 07763.  For information, directions or condolence messages to the family, visit www.claytonfuneralhome.com.

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