Obituary of Robert Calvert
Robert Harvey Calvert, 91, of Ambler, PA, the son of C. Crossman Calvert and Edith Hall Calvert, passed away on June 12, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Syracuse, NY on March 11, 1927, he was named for his paternal grandfather, Harvey J. Calvert. He grew up in Binghamton, NY and graduated from Binghamton North High School. He attended Wesleyan University where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Robert graduated from Harpur College of the State of New York, now Binghamton University SUNY. He attended Colgate Rochester Divinity School and received a B.D. and an M.Div. from the Hartford Theological Seminary, Hartford, Connecticut.
Robert was ordained to the Christian Ministry on December 5, 1954, at the First Congregational Church, Binghamton, by the Susquehanna Association of the New York Congregational Christian Conference. In the same year, he married Anne Charlton Shaw of Decatur, Georgia. In January 1955, Robert was called to be the Minister of the First Congregational Church in Walton, New York.
From 1959-1968, Robert was the minister of the Eggertsville United Church of Christ in suburban Buffalo, New York. In those years, he was a member of both the Kenmore and Amherst Ministerial Associations, Vice Moderator of the Western Association of the Congregational Christian Churches. He was a member of the Association and Conference UCC committees on aging and was chair of the former. He was active in the denomination’s urban ministry. He served as Chaplain at Doctor’s Hospital in Kenmore, New York.
In 1968, Robert became a full-time Chaplain Intern at the Meyer Memorial Hospital in the Pastoral Clinical Education Program sponsored by the Erie County Council of Churches. He was a member of the staff of the Buffalo Pastoral Counseling Center and Pastor of St. Paul’s UCC in Alden, NY.
Robert became a full-time Chaplain in the Erie County Social Service Department, in 1969, serving at both the Erie County Home and Infirmary and the Erie County Penitentiary. He was acting chair of the Erie County Committee/Recreation for the Elderly, served on the pilot program of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and was an official New York State Delegate to the 1971 White House Conference on Aging.
In 1973, Robert became the Pastor of the Wyncote Church Home in suburban Philadelphia. He was an ex-officio member of the Board of Managers and his duties included Director of Admissions, Resident Life, Social Service and Public Relations, as well as Chaplain. In the community, he was a member of the Cheltenham Historical Commission, the Cheltenham Adult School Board, Abington Meals on Wheels and the Wyncote Men’s Club. Robert was also active in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program on both the local and Montgomery County level. For many years he was the chair of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference United Church of Christ Committee on Aging and was one of the early members of the Social Workers Association in Nursing Homes.
After retirement from the Wyncote Church Home in 1993, Robert served temporarily as Administrator of the Orange Home in Hatboro, PA and was a member of the Board of Christian Concern Committees, Collegeville, PA. He was the founder of the 1727 Society at Old First Reformed Church in Philadelphia, his home church. Until his passing, Robert a was an active member of Boehm’s United Church of Christ in Blue Bell, PA.
Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Anne (Shaw) Calvert, daughter Edith Louise Calvert of Ambler, PA, daughter Nancy Calvert Henggeler of West Chester, PA, son Charles Ellis Calvert (Melissa) of Washington Crossing, PA and three grandchildren, Robert Lawrence Henggeler, Madeline Elizabeth Calvert and William Pierce Calvert. Robert is also survived by Margaret Calvert, widow of William Lamont Calvert, several great nieces and nephews of the Hall and Calvert families, his uncle Frederick Voorhees and grand nieces and nephews of the Voorhees family.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Boehm’s U.C.C. Church, 571 Penllyn-Blue Bell Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422, where friends may call for the viewing from 10-11:15 AM. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Old First UCC Church, 151 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, or to Boehm’s UCC Church at the address above. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.rlwilliamsfuneralhome.com.