Robert J. Bedore
Robert J. Bedore, 81, of Tupper Lake passed away at home peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
Born Jan. 22, 1938, in Tupper Lake, he was an only child to Eleanor (Snyder) and Duffy Bedore.
Bob attended Tupper Lake High School, graduating in 1956. He then attended trade school in Memphis, Tennessee, for lumber scaling. On Aug. 20, 1960, Bob married Patricia M. Churco in St. Alphonsus Church in Tupper Lake. Bob first worked for Plunkett and Webster, which required him to travel away from family and home, which he did not enjoy, and then began a 27-year career with Prudential insurance company, retiring in 1993. He was happy to have served many multi-generational families in the area in that capacity.
Post-retirement, Bob worked briefly at Tupper Lake Hardwoods and several summers at Lake Eaton and Fish Creek campgrounds. For 25 years in retirement during the long winter months, Bob and Pat were snowbirds in Florida and in the summer months enjoyed their camp on Upper Saranac Lake.
Bob was a former master and member of the Mount Arab F&AM Lodge No. 847. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman, belonging to many hunting clubs including Potterbrook, Black Ridge, Buckhorn and a founding member of his beloved Sperry Pond. Fishing was his passion in life; it always put a smile on his face. Bob had many fishing buddies and would get up at the crack of dawn and travel many miles to get to his favorite fishing spot.
Bob is survived his wife of 59 years, Pat; four children: Lea (Randy Ketcham) of Saranac Lake, Kurt (Kelly DeVirgeles) of Burnt Hills, Kelly (Debbie Clement) of Potsdam and Cara (Todd Amoroso) of Lake Luzerne; and eight grandchildren: Nathan, Mitchell, Karolyn, Sarah Kate, Kayla, Robbie, Elaina and Jessica. Bob especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake with a funeral service. A celebration of Bob’s life for family & friends will be held immediately after at Amado Restaurant from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Donations in memory of Bob can be made to the Tupper Lake rescue squad or Tri-Lakes Humane Society. The family is grateful for the care he received from the staff at Mercy Living Center and Judy’s Angels.