Robert (Bob) Osborne
Robert (Bob) Osborne, 69 of Fuquay Varina, NC.
Bob passed away peacefully at home on Friday July 22, 2022. Survived by his loving wife Germaine (Gerri), and four children, Lori (Vincent) of Oakfield, NY, Robert II (Cheryl) of Holly Springs, NC, Maria (Nate) of Fuquay Varina, NC, and Joseph of Buffalo, NY, as well as brothers Nelson (Barb) and Kelvin (Bill). Bob also has 9 grandchildren Andrew (Becky), Chase (Brianna), Casey, Carson, Emily, Ellie, Pauly & Claire, and 3 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents Nelson & Beatrice, Bob is preceded in death by siblings Barbara, Beverly, Onolee, Melvin and grandson Thomas.
Born in Batavia, NY, Bob spent his first 62 years of life living in Elba & Oakfield, NY. He and his wife relocated to Fuquay Vaina, NC, in 2015 where he enjoyed spending time with Gerri and their younger grandchildren.
Bob’s top priority was always his family, but he also had a passion for many hobbies. At his barn in Elba, he was known by friends and family to have large gardens where he’d spend countless days in the summer weeding and harvesting. There was never a shortage of tomatoes that Bob loved sharing. He also loved painting beautiful landscapes on anything he could find. He painted and sold countless old-fashioned saws, sleds and traditional canvas paintings. Additionally, Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman. He taught his children to responsibly & safely hunt, trap, be a good steward of the environment and care for animals. He raised numerous non-traditional pets throughout his life including Tom the Turkey, Ricky the Racoon, Buddy the Cow and Billy the Goat. Bob was also known around Oakfield for his love of antique cars and could often be seen working on and driving his 1925 & 1927 Model T Ford cars. This too became a passion of his children as the cars remain in the family and are driven regularly. He enjoyed wood-working & building too. His barn in Elba was constructed mostly by Bob alone, and it was the background of numerous family gatherings where countless great memories were made. His friends and family would often gather around a bonfire to listen to him play his guitar and harmonica.
Bob was a dedicated employee at United States Gypsum in Oakfield, NY, for 32 years. After which he was employed at Kistner Concrete Products, and Baskin Livestock where he’d ultimately retire from after 10 years of service. Bob also proudly served 6 years in the New York National Guard where he was a member of the New York National Guard Marathon Team. He ran many marathons in his life, but none made him prouder than the national Omaha, Nebraska Marathon where he placed second for the New York National Guard Team.
Please join family and friends in honoring Bob’s life well lived. Service will be held at 11:00a.m. at Discovery Chapel, 315 W Main St. Batavia, NY, 14020 on Saturday September 3 rd , 2022. Lunch will be provided afterwards at Oakfield Firehall 20 Albert St. Oakfield, NY, 14125. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made in Bob’s honor to either of the following charities:
• Alzheimer’s Foundation of America