Robert E. Avery Sr.
Passed away on August 2, 2023, at age 94
Born in Narrowsburg, NY to Kenneth E. and Alice (Reining) Avery
Predeceased by his wife Lillian and brother Kenneth L. Avery Sr. Survived by sons, Robert E. Jr.(Sharon), Craig (Barbara) and David; grandchildren, Robyn, Brandon, Alaina, Heather, and Bryan; great-grandchildren Jack and Lillian Hokanson, Gus Avery, Alexandria Avery; sister, Marilyn Swan; sisters-in-law Janice Avery, Elona Tordonato; brothers-in-law, Gerald Ziobro and Anthony Tordonato; many nieces and nephews.
Bob started his work life as an apprentice toolmaker, and becoming shop foreman in Endicott, NY, where he and Lillian grew up. Looking for greater opportunity, he moved the family to Pittsford after being hired by Xerox, working his way up to a general foreman position until retirement.
He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army in Korea, loved hunting, gardening, playing golf, having been a member at Wayne Hills CC and Oak Hill CC. He was a volunteer at many PGA tournaments over the years and was the captain of the 18th hole for the 1980 PGA, 1984 Senior Open, 89th U.S. Open, 1995 Ryder Cup, and 2003 PGA Championship.
After her wife Lilliam passed his inner strength was remarkable and the
First Presbyterian Church was his rock of faith, we are sure as he was a member for 60 years. We sons have fond memories of time spent together with Dad on fishing/water skiing family vacations to Canada, playing golf at Wayne Hills and Oak Hill, and league bowling at Oak Hill and Clover Lanes.
The family knows that Dad very much appreciated and loved that Dorothy went over to prepare dinner together, spending time with him, always watching Wheel and Jeopardy during that transitional period. Later, he couldn’t be of as much help, yet Dorothy was there almost every night. Our thanks and love go out to her.
We are grateful to Kathy, Anita and others who have given their time and wonderful attention to Dad in his final months, weeks and days.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday August 20th 12:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford. Inurnment at the convenience of the family at White Haven Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford in his memory.