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Robert W. Brewer

April 21, 1931 — November 10, 2022

Robert W. Brewer “loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Robert W. “Bob” Brewer, 91, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Thursday, November 10, 2022, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on Tuesday, April 21, 1931 in Wyalusing, he was a son of Robert J. and Sarah L. Foster Brewer. On April 24, 1948 in Portville, N.Y., he married Laura M. McKeel, who passed away on January 31, 2009.

Bob was employed at the former Dresser-Rand in Olean, N.Y., first as a machinist and later as an inspector. He retired after 42 years of service.

He enjoyed fishing and wintering in Florida with his wife, Laura. His greatest love was his family.

Left to cherish his memory are two daughters, Susan A. (Victor) Safford of Port Allegany and Terri M. VanWhy of Shinglehouse; a son, Robert A. (Maureen) Brewer of Bolivar, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Sue (Don) Faulkner; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was predeceased by a son, Steven Brewer; four grandchildren, Valorie S. Safford, Victor R. Safford, Chad M. Brewer, and Steven William Brewer; and four siblings, Francis “Bud” Brewer, Anne Ferris, Barbara Stevens, and Marie Woodward.

Family and friends may call from noon to 1pm on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with Pastor Donald Caskey of the First Presbyterian Church, Coudersport, officiating. Burial will be in Wells Cemetery, Little Genesee, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Bob’s family entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Bob, please visit or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Robert W. Brewer, please visit our flower store.

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