Robert J. Creifelds

Robert J. Creifelds, affectionately known as “Chief”, 87, passed away on March 4, 2018. He was born in Albany, NY on July 31, 1930. He proudly served in the US Marine Corps and was a Korean War Veteran. Bob worked for Niagara Mohawk for 40 years, retiring in 1992.

Bob joined the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1 in 1958, serving as Lieutenant, Captain and becoming Fire Chief in 1973, actively serving for 60 years. He was the Recording Secretary at the Firehouse for over 35 years. Bob served as Vice President, President and Secretary of the Hudson Mohawk Volunteer Fireman’s Association, Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association, and the Saratoga Co Volunteer Firemen’s Association. He was also a member of the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY, serving as a committee person and receiving a 60 year certificate at the Firemen’s Home in 2008.

Bob was a Charter Member of the Community Emergency Corp in Ballston Spa. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, proudly serving as Adjutant of the Spa Detachment. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, American Legion Post 234 in Ballston Spa and a past member of the Ballston Spa Lions Club.

Bob was a man of great faith. He was a communicant of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa and served as an usher for many years.

Bob was a pillar in the Ballston Spa Community and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His daily routine started at Stewarts, then he joined the Breakfast Club at Union Fire Co, and off to check his mail at the Post Office, wearing his shorts of course. He enjoyed his Sunday dinner at the Ripe Tomato, and the rest of the week he dined at Sunset Café, Tresa’s, the Factory, Henry’s or the Burnt Hills Café (Jimmie’s).

He was predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Anna Creifelds, infant brother William, his beloved wife Nancy, grandson Robert Curtis Harvey and sister Janet McAvoy.

Bob is survived by his daughters Donna Thomas and Jacqueline Harvey (Gary); grandchildren Heather Capitummino (Jeff), Timothy Thomas, Jr. (Stacey), Stefanie Drab (Joe), Richelle Williams (Jey) and Pamela Harvey; great grandchildren Nathan Tinney, Alexander Tinney and their father Andy Tinney; Christopher Thomas, Carter Thomas, Freddy Drab, Annie Grace Drab and Sadie Beth Drab; several nieces and nephews, and his caregivers Brenda and Norma.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 8 from 4pm to 8pm at St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 9 at 9:30am at St. Mary’s Church. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Co No 1, PO Box 4, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Community Emergency Corp, Thompson St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Guest Book

Fred Hammann

Bob was a good friend.

Lake George Volunteer Fire Company

Our deepest thought and prayers are with the family and friends. His presence and guidance will be missed in the fire fighting world especially to those who were the closest to him. May he rest in peace.

Randy and Kelly Elliott

We are so very sorry for your loss! Bob was a great man and will be missed!!

Ron and Shelley

To Donna and family,

Our condolences. We have fond memories of Bob and know that he will be missed by so many. God bless.

Joe Mulvaney Jr

Donna and Jackie very sorry on the passing of your Dad, thoughts and prayers to you both as you go through this. His memories will never be forgotten. Fly High Bob RIP

Betty and Mark Thornhill

Donna and Jackie, so sorry for your loss. It's a tough one . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. All those great memories will be your strength during this time. Take care.

Stan De Long

To all of Bob's family .... there is so much to share about adventures with Bob whether it was firematic related or outside of the firehouse, a small paperback book could be written. A man that touched so many with his knowledge, wisdom, kindness, catholic faith and his life experiences shared as a story. Laugh with him, cry with him. Bob was someone I could say was a true friend over the years. My very best memory was taking Bob out to lunch for his 80th birthday, while his family worked hard to prepare the firehouse for his "Surprise" birthday party later that afternoon. And a surprise it truly was, friends from all over were ready to celebrate with him. Now, it is a sad time, your presence will be truly missed, but, knowing that the good Lord has called upon you to join him in his Kingdom and reunited with your beloved wife Nancy and the rest of your loved ones. You have served your Country and Community well. It is now time to lay your fire tools down, proudly hang your Chief's helmet on the wall and rest easy. May all the joyous moments, stories told, help all who shared friendship with Bob. Rest in Peace Brother.

Marie Ahl

Donna and family, so sorry to hear about Bob. He was a great man and will be dearly missed. May he rest in peace

Susan and Jay Bargovic

Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We shared many great moments through the years. We fought fires together and shared a great bond through Eagle-Matt Lee. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the funeral being so far from home. We hope to see Donna when we return. Again our deepest condolences to your family. Bob's memory lives on through the fire company and we always share special stories of our brothers who no longer answer the alarms with us. Jay

Bob Kilinski

A great friend and always good for a smile. Delivered cars with Bob for several years and enjoyed his "war stories" and lunches on the road. He will surely be missed by many. RIP Bob. Thank you for your friendship.

Lori Ortoleva-Agnew

Jackie and Donna and family my thoughts and prayers to you at this time of sorrow - remember all the fun we had at the pool parties at your house many years ago. Sweet in our memory.

Matthew O'Toole

Rest in Peace, Sir. We have the watch from here.

The Halfacre's

You'll be missed. We love ya Bob! Thanks for always treating us like family.

Shawn Morse

Rest In Peace Bob. Your memory will never be forgotten.

Doug Lake, Commissioner

RIP now Robert...with the Lord now......thank you for your faithful service to the fire fighters of Ballston Spa...and surrounding communities. You will be missed.......

Bill Goslin

I have known Bob for over 40 years. I cannot think of a more dedicated volunteer in our Community than Bob. His service spans many decades, his impact immeasurable.

He was not only known for his leadership but for his training and mentoring. He drove home safety, ladders and power were some of his favorites.

God has called his servant back, he will join Nancy and all is fellow departed fireman. Well done Robert!!!

Our thoughts go out to his family at this time.


Charlie & Lynn Escher

Bob, Nancy and we spent many great outings with the fire company. What a time we had for the New Years Eve Party. Donna & Jackie, we will miss your dad and often talk about those days. He & I were on the best Firematic Racing Team ever. A true provider to Ballston Spa's emergencies. When we started the Community Ambulance Corps with 14 other firemen, he was chosen as the first Captain. We worked together at the train wreck along Rte 50. I know Bob has heard those famous words, "...well done good and faithful brother, welcome home". Charlie & Lynn

Tom McKinney

I am so sorry for the loss. I know it is just words but having gone through this with my Dad and my son and in December with my mom those words come from the heart. Bob was a great man and a good friend and I will miss him.