Robert F. Carr

Robert F. Carr, 85, of Grand Island passed away on Saturday (Aug. 23, 2008) peacefully at home.

He was born in Salamanca on March 12, 1923, the son of Wilfred H. and Ida Elizabeth Carr.

He grew up in Red House and graduated from Randolph High School. He attended Millard Fillmore College of the University of Buffalo.

On Nov. 25, 1944, he was married to Joanne Pinner at St. John's Episcopal Church in Buffalo. Bob's greatest joy was their family of six children, 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Bob was employed for more than 25 years in the aerospace industry as a draftsman and loftsman. At Bell Aerospace, he made models prior to production of such technical innovations as the Bell X-1 and the vertical takeoff and landing craft.

He became a car salesman and achieved the award of Legion of Leaders.

He was a Little League coach and a school crossing guard. His quiet dignity and diplomacy and quick wit were legendary among family.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed spending time in and around Allegany State Park.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter Karen (Dennis) Keefe of Grand Island; and five sons, Jeffrey F. (Nellie) of Tomball, Texas; Pastor Daniel P. (Eileen) of Allegany; Gary J. (Mary) of South Wales; Timothy S. (Laurie) of Pinellas Park, Fla.; and Michael D. (Christine) of Grand Island; a brother, the Rev. Kevin (Kathy) of Hinckley, Minn.; and a sister, Deborah (Newt) Ronan of Cincinnati; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many cousins, including James N. Carr of Randolph and David L. Carr of Westfield.

He was predeceased by grandsons Stephen J. and Leon D. Carr.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Burial will take place at Steamburg Cemetery in the Town of Coldspring at 3 p.m. Saturday. Flowers gratefully declined.