QUEENSBURY - Robert T. "Bob" Wescott Sr., 71, of Aviation Road, Queensbury, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Glens Falls Hospital, with family and friends by his side.
Born Jan. 2, 1941, in Lake Placid, he was the son of the late Guy George Wescott Sr. and Alta (Taylor).
Bob was incredibly involved in his community. He was a member of West Glens Falls Fire, for which he served as past line officer, working his way to fire chief, and Queensbury Central, holding every board officer position, including president. He was also a member of Hudson-Mohawk Volunteer Firefighters Association, Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association, for which he served as past president, and was part of both FASNY "Youth in Fire Service" and "Independent Fire Co.'s" committees, as well as a board member of the FASNY museum. Bob was also a very involved member with Association of New York State Fire Police, Washington and Saratoga Fire Police, New York State Fire Chaplains, Washington and Albany County VFA, New York State Firemen's Association, Lower Adirondack Firemen's Association, Hudson Board of Directors FASNY Firemen's Home and an instructor for Fireman's Association in New York. He retired as foreman from the Town of Queensbury Highway Department in 2006 after many years of dedicated service.
Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1962, being honorably discharged in 1970. He was a member of the Navy Seabees for nine years, and VFW Post No. 6196. Bob was involved in Red Vests, Blue Vests, Knight Hawks, Saugerties Exempt, and Ladies Auxiliaries. He was also an off-ice hockey official for the AHL and UHL, as well as parade organizer for the joint Glens Falls/Queensbury Memorial Day Committee.
Bob was proud of his work restoring an old 1957 fire truck. He was a fan of the New York Giants, New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He enjoyed spending time with his cocker spaniel dog, Mollie.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a sister, Joyce Hill, and her daughter, Christine.
Survivors include his longtime companion, Linda LaRock of Queensbury; her son, John Wood, and his wife, Stephani, and their daughter, Jace, all of Texas; his son, Robert T. "Rob" Wescott Jr. and his wife, Kara, of Hudson Falls; three granddaughters, Taylor, Jessica and Hannah; four sisters, Alta Klimmer of Florida, Mary Fran Merrill, Shirley Seney and her husband, Earl "Bucky", and Dorice Torrance, all of Lake Placid; two brothers, Guy Wescott Jr. and his wife, Ruthie, and Alton Wescott and his wife, Sheila, all of Lake Placid; and his wife, Kara, of Hudson Falls; his former wife of 45 years, Olivia L. Wescott of Queensbury; also several nieces, nephews and cousins, and dear friends, with special mention of a very close niece, Elaine Raymond, and her husband, Robert, of Queensbury and their two children, Courtney of Connecticut, and Derek of Tennessee; also his loving pet dog, Mollie.
Calling hours were held Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Maynard D. Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, and included a brief firemen ceremony. A funeral service was held Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation, 448 Aviation Road, Queensbury. Interment, with military honors, followed at Pine View Cemetery, Quaker Road, Queensbury, and a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Bob's life followed at Queensbury Central on Lafayette Street, Queensbury.
The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to West Glens Falls EMS, the doctors, nurses and staff at C.R. Wood Cancer Center, and everyone at Queensbury Central for all their care and compassion during this most difficult time.
Donations may be made, in loving memory of Bob, to FASNY Firemen's Home, Attention Administration, 125 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534.
Condolences may be mailed to Maynard D. Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, NY 12804, or emailed through www.bakerfuneralhome.com.