Obituary of Robert R. Spencer
Deland - Robert R. Spencer, age 92 died yesterday at Advent Health in Deland, Florida after a short battle with lung cancer.
Mr. Spencer is survived by his wife of 71 years, the former Joyce Sprague of New Berlin, NY and five children: Sherry Jordan of Orlando, FL, Carol Spencer of Marietta, GA. Victoria (Jeff) Hyde of Atlanta, GA, Rob (Christine) Spencer of Fairport, NY and Kerry (Lisa) Spencer of Tunnel, NY. Ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Bob was predeceased by His Father George Spencer, mother Ida Vines, brothers Donald and Edward Spencer.
Born at home in Ketchum, NY, Bob was the Valedictorian of his graduating class of 1943 from Morris Central School. A proud veteran of the United States Navy, Bob participated in the Navy’s V-12 flight program at Tufts University. During is career with the Navy, Bob was a Gunnery Instructor, Pistol Instructor and Shore Patrolman. After the war, Bob completed his college education in 1949 at Colgate University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in History.
After completing his education, Bob had a long and successful career as an educator in the Brookfield, NY and Harpursville Central Schools. During his tenure at Harpursville Central schools, he rose from History Teacher to Vice-Principal to Principal and then to Superintendent of Schools. Bob retired from Harpursville Central Schools in 1981. In addition to his teaching career, Bob was a School Bus Driver, Football Coach, Baseball Coach, Little League Coach and Boy Scout Leader.
Bob was an active member of his community. He was a founding member of the Colesville Ambulance Squad, completing is NYS EMT Certification in 1970 Bob also was a member of the Harpursville Fire Department, Harpursville American Legion and the Harpursville United Methodist Church for many years
Bob’s passions were his family, politics, fishing and camping. Bob spent many a summer with his friends camping at Belden Hill NY. Bob was never at a loss for words, he had a rapier like wit, a wry sense of humor and knew a million jokes that he would tell at the drop of a hat. He was a friend of stray dogs and wayward children. Bob had and honorary Doctorate from Tunnel Tech and was a charter member of the 65 is passing club
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the American Cancer Society or American Legion Fund. A public memorial service will be held in Harpursville NY in the summer of 2019.