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Robert V. Lashomb

January 6, 2024

Robert Lashomb Robert V. Lashomb, Sr., 93, of Clayton passed away Saturday, January 6, 2024, at Hospice of Jefferson County.

Robert was born in Clayton March 9, 1930, son of Francis "Shomb" and Florence A. (Garnsey) Lashomb. He attended school on Grindstone Island and graduated from Clayton High School. On April 24, 1948 he married childhood sweetheart Audrey M. Turcotte at the Grindstone Island Methodist Church. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary with family this past year. There was never a moment that Bob was not by Audrey’s side. 

He had worked at the First National Exchange Bank, Clayton, as a mail carrier for Grindstone Island with his grandfather, Robert Garnsey, for Mercier's Marina and then with his partner John Kellogg, they purchased Mercier's Marina, which is presently French Bay Marina. He and his wife subsequently purchased Remar Shipyard in Clayton and expanded it to include Remar Rentals where they rented houseboats, day boats, and island homes along the St. Lawrence River. 

Robert was a member of the Grindstone Island Methodist Church, Dodge Hall, Masons, and American Boat Association. He was an avid volunteer, and enjoyed tinkering in the shop with his sons and wintering in Florida with Audrey. Robert also enjoyed traveling with his family, especially going to the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Europe. Boating and fishing, especially for bullheads and deep sea fishing, were his passions and as a boat captain, taking boats up and down the East Coast for customers as well as their own cabin cruiser the Maggie L. 

A special time in their lives was during COVID when they returned to their beloved island for four months taking in the river, splitting wood, along with rides around the island, and time with family.

Along with his wife of 75 years, Audrey, Robert is survived by his three children, Robert V. Lashomb. Jr. and wife Jacqueline, and Mark D. Lashomb and wife Charlotte, all of Clayton, and Rebecca A. Connolly and husband John T., Watertown; six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; three brothers, Clarence "Stub" Lashomb and wife Karen, Charles "Skip" Matthews, and George Matthews and wife Wendy, all of Clayton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with his parents, Robert was predeceased by his daughter Trudy M. Lashomb in 1963 and his sister Wava Holloway.

A celebration of Robert's life and burial will be held at a time and date to be announced on Grindstone Island. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. Donations in his name may be made to Grindstone Island Methodist Church, P.O. Box 411 Clayton NY 13624,  Dodge Hall, in care of Sara Matthews, 14972 Lovers Lane Clayton NY 13624, or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.


#19 Lawrence Gardner 2024-02-10 09:50
Robert was a good friend. He always made me feel welcome, like part of the family. I'm deeply saddened by his passing. My love and prayers to the Lashomb family.
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#18 Jeff McArn 2024-01-22 16:21
To Audrey and the family,
The Grindstone Church community is thinking about you and praying that this enormous loss is made bearable by the love that surrounds you always!
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#17 Kimberly Cataldo 2024-01-16 09:43
My heart goes out to the whole family.. God bless you all. Love you Mark, and Becky!
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#16 James Lashomb 2024-01-14 16:51
Robert was my first cousin. Our fathers were brothers. Our time together was limited but my admiration for his accomplishments and commitment to family from a difficult beginning is huge.
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#15 Julie Turcotte Koch 2024-01-13 10:41
My sincere condolences to the entire Lashomb family. My dad always spoke so kindly of Bob and Audrey.
Grindstone has lost a family member but he will live on in everyone’s memories who had the pleasure of knowing him.
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#14 Michael Marshall 2024-01-12 19:50
My Sincere condolences to the Lashomb family Bob was a good man easy to talk to and he hired and took care of the locals.Him and Audrey were a great team.
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#13 Paul Rowe 2024-01-12 14:15
Mark and Char, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I'll say a prayer for you and the family.

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#12 William Horr 2024-01-12 09:50
I was sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Always very kind and gave great advice. I know he will be missed. Condolences to all the family.
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#11 Lisa Calhoun-Davoy 2024-01-11 16:16
Growing up, the Lashomb family was my second family, and my second home. Becky and I became best friends throughout childhood , Bob &Audrey treated me like one of their own. Countless hours were spent on houseboats, in the marina, and on the island , He was a very kind, generous man and he will be sorely missed by all and the community. . Much love to you all. I wish I could be there, Becky - my sincerest condolences - hugs and prayers to you all- I love you all!
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#10 Kathy Lane 2024-01-11 15:58
My condolences to Mark & Char and the other family members..You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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