Charles “Robert” McEleney, 70, retired president and CEO of Stowe Mountain Resort, died peacefully May 15, 2019, at his home in Center Sandwich, N.H., surrounded by family.
He was born in Natick, Mass., April 30, 1949, son of Margaret (Atkins) and John Joseph McEleney.
Robert’s 40-year career in the hotel industry took him to properties in New York City, Boston, Palm Beach Gardens, Squaw Valley, Honolulu, and Callaway Gardens, Georgia.
He won plaudits for his efforts to work with the community during his 10 years as head of the resort.
McEleney came to Stowe during the initial stages of opening the resort-wide development project that includes Stowe Mountain Lodge, Spruce Camp Base Lodge, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Club and a vast array of other on-mountain improvements.
His focus on operating world-class facilities matched with exceptional service will be his lasting imprint at the resort.
He loved classic car restoration, boating on Squam Lake, and spending time with friends and family. Survivors include Kerry, his wife of nearly 40 years; a son, Ned McEleney; four daughters, Stephanie Parkhurst, Tracy Aber, Courtney McEleney and Colleen Forkell; brother-in-law Robert Ketch; two brothers, John McEleney and William McEleney; and grandchildren John Aber, Nicholas Aber and Kerry Forkell.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s memory would be appreciated to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 N. Main St., Laconia, NH 03246, and to Lamoille Home Health & Hospice, 54 Farr Ave., Morrisville, VT 05661.
A funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 728 Mountain Road, Stowe.