"A Tradition of Caring...
Proud to Serve the North
Country for a Century"

Watertown Location
(315) 782–0830

Clayton Location
(315) 686–5101

Robert H. McIlroy

January 13, 2016

Robert H. McIlroyRobert H. McIlroy, 83, Evans Mills passed away Wednesday morning, January 13, 2016, at Samaritan Medical Center.

The funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 15, at 1PM at Holy Family Church with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, presiding. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in St. Mary's Cemetery, Evans Mills. At his request there will be no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Bob was born in Evans Mills on February 28, 1932, son of the late Harry and Dorothy Chisholm McIlroy. He was a 1949 graduate of Watertown High School and received his associates degree from Canton ATC. He served in both the US Marine Corps and Navy and was honorably discharged as a Hospitalman 3rd Class from the Navy on January 28, 1955.

On October 24, 1959 he married Patricia Wilson, of Massena, a music teacher at Indian River Elementary School. She passed in 1991. He then married Patricia Benton Ellingsworth, a former classmate, at St. Mary's Church, Evans Mills on October 5, 1993.

He retired from NY Airbrake as a contract manager in August 1992 after 32 years of service to the company. Bob was a communicant of Holy Family Church. He was a member of both the American Legion Post 673, Black River and Ten Point Hunting Club, Harrisville and was a life member of the VFW Post 1400, Watertown. He was a past member of the Evans Mills Fire Dept. and the Evans Mills Lions Club.

Besides his beloved wife, Patricia, he is survived by his three children, Daniel S. McIlroy and his companion, Susan Sutherland, Evans Mills and his children, Brianna, Christopher and Julie, Kelly and Dennis Vacco, Boston, NY and their children, Alex and Connor, and Terry and Peter Lappin, Geneva, IL and their children, Nick, Joe, and Jillian; two great grandchildren, Caleb Kudlack and Sophia Walker and soon-to-be born great grandson, Oliver Mark Walker; two siblings, David J. and Jackie McIlroy, Evans Mills and Ruth and Kent Hibbard, Sandy Creek; father-in-law, Charles A. Saul, Ft. Myers, FL; two stepsons, Dane and Maria Ellingsworth, Watertown and their children, Mariah and Ryan, and Lanz Ellingsworth and companion, Tina Fluno, Watertown and his children, Ashley and Lindsay; stepdaughter-in-law, Christine Ellingsworth, Watertown and children, Rachel and Andrew; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his stepson, Mark Ellingsworth, brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Joyce McIlroy, and nephew, William "Billy" McIlroy

Donations in his name may be made to either Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St. or SPCA of Jefferson County, 25056 Water St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to Bob's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com



#13 Lou Kibling 2016-02-21 15:47
To the McIlroy family,
My sincere condolences for your family. Bob will be greatly missed.
Report to administrator
#12 Julie VB Grigg 2016-01-16 08:59
Pat & Family, I'm sending condolences on behalf of my father, Jack VanBrocklin, and our entire family. Dad has shared many stories about his lifelong friendship with Bob, starting in the 1st grade. Although Dad's family moved during elementary school he & Bob later attended high school together, especially enjoying their time on the basketball team. After going their separate ways after high school, including Bob's military service, a men's town league basketball team brought them back together on the same team and their friendship continued. Most recently Pat, when Dad & I would regularly see you & Bob at the Crystal, the stories, pictures & laughter (your stories too) became such a highlight for Dad & I believe for Bob too. It was wonderful to hear their memories from their lifelong friendship! Bob will be greatly missed and our sympathy goes out to you all.
Report to administrator
#11 MichaelCurley 2016-01-15 16:10
Pat...very saddened to learn of Bob's passing...we had great lunches together, didn't we. Stay strong.
Report to administrator
#10 sandra ellingsworth 2016-01-15 13:34
sorry to hear of your loss. god bless all
Report to administrator
#9 Jackie Thomas-Eustis 2016-01-15 12:16
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. I truly loved your Mom Pat and was so saddened when she passed. Bob was always a cheerful caring person to me. My heart is saddened of their passing but my life was made richer for knowing them.
Jackie Thomas-Eustis
Pat's student teacher 34 years ago
Taught at General Brown
Report to administrator
#8 Amy Ingerson 2016-01-14 20:49
Kelly, Dan, and Terry.........s o sorry to hear of your Dad's passing, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Amy & Chris Ingerson
Report to administrator
#7 Dave and Lisa 2016-01-14 20:36
God rest his soul, and bless his family. His job here is done.
Report to administrator
#6 Michelle Fults and L 2016-01-14 19:22
We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prays are with you. I hope you will think of all the fun wonderful memories you have as a family growing up to warm your hearts and help through the days ahead.
Report to administrator
#5 Peter & Joan Dougall 2016-01-14 15:50
To the McIlroy Family,
It is with great sadness to hear of Bob's passing. He was a special friend to our family for many years. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Peter and Joan Dougall
Largo Florida
Report to administrator
#4 Jeanne Stumpf 2016-01-14 09:50
Bob was such a special man and know he will be gravely missed! I hope Pat to be able to see you when I get back to N.Y.in the spring! My sympathies and prayers are with at this very difficult time! Much love to you and your family!
Report to administrator


Please be respectful. All comments are moderated. Allow time for them to appear.

Find a Memorial

How May We Help You?

If you see information that needs to be updated and/or changed, please contact us.

Or call our Watertown (315) 782–0830 or Clayton location (315) 686–5101.