Robert Lee Gredone, loved by many

March 9, 2023

Robert Lee Gredone, 78, of Georgetown, and Wildwood N.J., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023.  He was born March 28, 1944, in Wildwood N.J., son of the late Alfonso Vincent and Mary Liberty Gredone.

Robert attended Wildwood Catholic High School, where he was a member of the state championship for basketball in 1960. He attended Wesley College and American University from 1962-66 and was a member of the all-state basketball team. In 1967, he served a short time in the U.S. Army and was transferred to the reserve unit.

Robert opened The Petrified Forest in Wildwood, N.J., in 1967, and from 1968-73, owned and operated two restaurants in Cape May, N.J., and one in Washington, D.C. In 1973, he took over the family food store in Cape May. In 1983, Robert joined the New Jersey Department of Corrections, eventually becoming the regional supervisor of food service operations for southern New Jersey, directing the production of 18,000 meals daily.

In 1990, he wed Dr. Eileen V. Kelly, MD, and began renovating houses together because it was fun. They started in Vineland, went to Delmont, then North Wildwood. Robert retired from the corrections department in 2008, and they eventually made their way to Georgetown in 2012, renovating their last house together. He lost his wife in June of 2022. Robert was loved by many; he will be forever missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

He was preceded in death by his brother Alfonso (Sonny); and his sisters Mary Costner and Regina (Jeanie) Hickman. Robert is survived by his sister, Claire Furey of California. 

Visit Mr. Gredone’ s Life Memorial webpage and sign his virtual guestbook at

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