TUPPER LAKE - Robert Chartier, 79, of 21 Front St., Tupper Lake, passed away on Feb. 10, 2012, at his family home with his loving wife Jeanette of 58 years by his side.
Bob was born on March 31, 1932, in Tupper Lake, the son of George and Juliet Chartier. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings Clayton, Rita, Lillian, Bernard and Kenneth.
Bob loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially at the family camp he built on Gordan Pond. He enjoyed big band music and dancing. He spent much of his time outdoors, fishing, swimming, skating, skiing and walking. He was a talented craftsmen and woodworker.
A proud volunteer fireman, he served for 24 years and was a past fire chief. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served in the Korean Conflict as a staff sergeant.
Bob started his career in construction with WC Johnson. In 1970 he opened CEL Lumber Company with partners Phil Edwards and Don LaBarge. Together they ran a successful business for 23 years before retiring in 1993.
Bob is survived by his wife Jeanette; four children: Mike and Mary (Root) Chartier, Scott and Mary (Tice) Chartier, Michelle and Tom LaMere and Lisa Augustine, all of Tupper Lake; 10 grandchildren: Melissa (Brian), Meggan (Chad), Kara (Jason), Zach (Jenna), Jake, Allie (Matt), Rob, Erin (Ed), Ryan (Cheryl) and James (Kate); and 10 great-grandchildren: Zoe, Avry, Peyton, Sloan, Camden, Logan, Dillon, Kaya, Hunter and Jude.
A funeral mass was held today. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Bob's memory are asked to consider High Peaks Hospice, PO Box 840, Saranac Lake, NY or the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
Online condolences can be made at www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.