Bob received an academic scholarship to Wesleyan University in Connecticut. After his graduation in 1951, he enlisted in the Army Officer Candidate School. Following several years of both active service and the Army Reserves, he was honorably discharged as Captain. Bob and Mary E. Smith, were married in 1952. At the beginning of their sixty-four year marriage, they lived in Kentucky and Texas before returning to life in Central New York.
Bob was a successful businessman for many years at the Sealright Corporation in Fulton and taught briefly at the MACS High School. He eventually took over, and significantly grew, a lawn care franchise across the Greater Syracuse Region. Bob was an active lay member and choir member in the Phoenix and Mexico United Methodist Churches and was Lay Representative to the United Methodist Conference for several years. He served as President of both the Phoenix and Mexico chapters of the Lions Club. Bob also served on the MACS School Board and was a member of the original Mexico Public Library Board.
Following their early retirement, Bob and Mary traveled extensively across the United States and Europe, and lived part time in Florida. He always cherished time spent with his family-especially when he was singing with them or playing his trombone. Bob is survived by Mary, two daughters, Leslie (Richard Sherman) and Robin (Joseph Grosso), and two sons, Timothy (Sylane Roberts) and Douglas (Karen Welsh), as well as twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all of whom will miss him greatly.
Memorial Services for Bob will be held at noon on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church of Mexico. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016 in the Mexico Village Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. prior to the memorial service at the church. Arrangements are in care of the Harter Funeral Home, 9 Washington Avenue, Mexico, NY.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 255, Mexico, NY 13114 or Transformed By Grace, Inc., PO Box 976, Newtown, PA 18940.