PITTSBURGH -- It is with great sadness that the North Hills School District and transportation contractor ABC Transit, Inc. announce the passing of one of the district’s longtime and beloved school bus drivers.
Bob Klinefelter, driver of bus No. 368 and affectionately known as "Mr. Bob," cared deeply for his students and they adored him.
He knew students by name, and loved driving for the district, recently commenting in reference to the district's coronavirus closure last spring, “I just really missed the kids."
Mr. Klinefelter was a man with a heart of gold for his students, as well as his coworkers and family. He always had a smile for everyone, along with a kind word. Despite many of life's challenges, Mr. Klinefelter was always happy and took great pride and enjoyment spending time with all kids. He went above and beyond daily to ensure everyone was safe.
Mr. Klinefelter drove students to McIntyre and Ross elementary schools, the middle school and the high school in his 15 years working for both ABC Transit, Inc. and First Student. Throughout his time driving, he rarely missed a day.
"Bob Klinefelter was one of the most caring and dependable drivers I've been associated with during my career,” ABC Transit, Inc. President Aaron Silverman stated, adding, “From the moment I first met Bob until my last encounter, he always had a smile, a friendly greeting and exhibited how much he loved being a bus driver for the North Hills School District. All of us at ABC Transit, Inc. mourn the loss of a wonderful man."
Mr. Klinefelter passed away on Dec. 30 following a courageous fight with COVID-19. He was 82.
NHSD and ABC Transit send our deepest sympathies and heartfelt thoughts and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time. He will be missed tremendously by all who knew him.