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Robert L. Wilson “avid outdoorsman”
HINSDALE, N.Y.---Robert L. “Bob” Wilson, 85, of Hinsdale, passed away at home on Friday, February 15, 2019.
Born on September 27, 1933 in Salamanca, he was a son of Raymond J. and Catherine B. Dervil Wilson. On July 19, 1965 in the Town of Olean, he married Helyn E. McGovern, who survives.
Bob was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1951. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War, attaining the rank of sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1962. After serving his country, Bob was employed as a crane operator at the former Clark Brothers in Olean. He was then employed in construction with Labor Union #621. In 1979 he was elected as highway superintendent for the Town of Hinsdale, retiring in 2000.
He was a life member of Norton Chambers American Legion Post 1434 in Hinsdale, a life member of the Hinsdale Fire Department where he was a past chief and a past president, and a member of both the New York State and the Cattaraugus County Highway Superintendent’s Associations. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. Bob enjoyed playing cards, especially with Monday Card Club. He was known for his quick wit and jokes. In his younger years, he enjoyed snowmobiling and golfing.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Kathleen E. Wilson of Lowell, Massachusetts; a son, Robert L. Wilson, Jr.; two brothers, Roger Wilson of Orrville, Ohio and Randy Wilson of Warren, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Rosanne Wilson; and a brother-in-law, Charles "Chuck" McGovern.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1pm on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., with Mr. Monroe Bishop, lay speaker of the Hinsdale United Methodist Church, officiating.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hinsdale Fire Department, 3832 Main Street, Hinsdale, NY 14743 or to Norton Chambers American Legion Post 1434, NYS Rte 16, Hinsdale, NY 14743.
Bob’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Bob, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com