Olmstedville, Robert Lee Savarie, 90 passed away suddenly August 5, 2017 at the home of his son.
Bob was born August 25, 1926 in Indian Lake, NY the son of the late Henry and Ida ( Burgey ) Savarie.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his sister Marie Farrell and his brothers Stanley and John.
He was a 1943 graduate of Indian Lake Central School and immediately joined the US Army where he served in WWII in the European and Pacific Theatres. At the age of 19, he was promoted to Sgt. Major of the 332 FA BN 86th infantry division. After his honorable discharge
Bob enrolled at Buffalo State graduating in 1951 and began his teaching career at Minerva Central School as the Industrial Arts teacher. He graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1956 with a master's degree in administration. He served as Industrial Arts Teacher and assistant principal at MCS until his retirement in 1982.
During his first year of teaching he met the love of his life, Florencetta Brannon and they were married August 30, 1952 at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Olmstedville. Over the years they became parents of six children.
Bob was always very active in his community and parish activities, he served on many committees of the New York State Teachers Association, he was an active member of the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and a charter member and former Captain of the Minerva Rescue Squad. He was the Essex County Representative on the Mountain Lake EMS Council and their representative to the state council in Albany for 9 years. He received the Leadership Award for Mountain Lakes and NYS EMS in 1992. He was the 2017 Town of Minerva Citizen of the year and as many people stood in the rain to hear him speak of the three most important things in his life; his faith, his family and his community of friends in that order was a true testimony to a great man. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Catholic Church where he served as a parish council member, Eucharistic minister and lector.
Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years Florencetta (Brannon) Savarie, his daughters Mary (Bill ) Hall and family Friend Lynn Malerba, Beth (Terry) Allen and Ruth (David) Olbert, his sons Christopher (Pat) Savarie, Joseph (Patti) Savarie and Thomas (Amanda) Savarie, his 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday August 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Olmstedville, interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery Irishtown.
Friends may call Wednesday August 9, 2017 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at the Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home, 1019 US Rt. 9 in Schroon Lake.
In Lieu of flowers Bob requested memorials take the form of donations to the Minerva Volunteer Rescue Squad, Minerva, NY 12851.
AUG 9. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Edward L Kelly Funeral Home
1019 US Rte 9
Schroon Lake, NY, US, 12870
Mass of Christian Burial
AUG 10. 01:00 PM
Olmstedville, NY, US
Olmstedville, NY, US