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Robert J. Marr

July 7, 2020

Robert J. MarrRobert J. Marr, 83, Clayton, passed away July 7, 2020 at home, where he was under the care of his loving family and Hospice of Jefferson County. Due to current restrictions, there will be a Celebration of Life at a later date, when friends and family can gather to remember the good times.

Bob was born March 31, 1937 in Rochester, NY, the son of Howard and Emily Marr. He graduated from Irondequoit High School in 1955, then joined the U.S. Navy, from which he was honorably discharged in 1961. He was proud of his Navy service and had great stories to tell from that time. After his discharge he attended Rochester Institute of Technology while working at Eastman Kodak Co., first as an electrician, and then as a training instructor. After retiring from Kodak in 1996, he formed a company called Medusa Graphics Ltd., and another called Cofax Educational Technologies, which provided education programs for Kodak and the City of Rochester.

He married Sandra Eckels on September 23, 1961 in Rochester. It was Sandy who introduced Bob to "The River" and the 1000 Islands, which he enthusiastically embraced and enjoyed every day since. In earlier years, Bob drove his family to the Islands from Rochester every weekend from May through October and he loved it all – boating, swimming, sailing, fishing, water-skiing. Upon their retirement in 2001 they winterized "the cottage" and moved to Clayton permanently, where they had many friends and became involved in many activities.

An amateur photographer, he won an award for a photo entered in the Kodak International Salon of Photography. Bob was an avid reader and library advocate his entire life, serving on library boards in Rochester and later, when he moved to Clayton, on the boards of the Hawn Memorial Library and North Country Library System. He was also an artist, working in both watercolor and oils, and coordinated an art group in Clayton, "River Artists."

Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sandy; two children, Laurie (Earl Froats), Madrid, and Craig (Letitia), Helena, MT; two grandchildren-of-the-heart, Jason (Sandy) Froats, Waddington, and Tonya Williams, Daytona Beach, FL; five great-grandchildren-of-the-heart, Elizabeth Froats, Norwood, Caleb and Abby Froats, Waddington, and Xavier and Madison Williams, Daytona Beach, FL.

Donations in his memory may be made to Hawn Memorial Library, 220 John St., Clayton, NY 13624 or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#16 Beth Bauer 2020-07-20 18:25
The Marr family - Myrle and I share your sorrow for your loss. What a kind, gentle, happy person who loved his family and where he lived. "Nothing can dim the light that shines from within" Maya Angelou
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#15 Dawn Vincent 2020-07-13 10:24
Bob was a trustee at NCLS but I got to know him before that as a trustee of the Hawn Memorial Library. He had a deep appreciation for libraries and library staff. Whenever he would visit NCLS for a board meeting, he always made a point to stop by individual cubicles and share his appreciation for the work we were all doing (and to make sure we knew to invite him to the next NCLS celebration - he loved our potluck and holiday dinners!). I am so very sorry for your loss...he will be missed!
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#14 Sally Switzer 2020-07-12 07:53
So sorry to hear of Bobs passing. My condolences go out to Sandy and family. I have very fond memories of the Marr family from the early 70’s when they summered right next door to our cottage. Was so impressed at how warm and friendly everyone was. Bob, as the head of the household, set a shining example of goodness, creativity, fun, and family.
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#13 Dee Fuller 2020-07-11 13:58
So sorry Sandy and family for the loss of Bob. I knew him through River Artist group. He was a good artist, my mentor and a great guy. Going to miss him, may he rest in peace.
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#12 Alice Barton 2020-07-11 11:16
My sincerest sympathy for your loss. Bob was a wonderful board member and friend to me during my term at the library. Wish the words would come to me. May God help you and your family during your loss. Bless you. Alice Barton
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#11 steve williams 2020-07-10 16:08
The lovely obituary certainly shows the wonderful man, husband,father, artist,vet,serv ant to community,sport sman,....ETC that Bob was. What a "tribute to mankind"!!. His talents,accompl ishments, and character overwhelming. We are blessed to have lived in his era; we honor, love, and respect him and his family. God bless him and you all. Prayers to this great man and family. Love, Steve Williams
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#10 Dennis H Honeywell 2020-07-10 12:24
Sandi and Laurie...my thoughts are with you. Bob was a nice man and certainly served the community. I always enjoyed our visits and his sense of humour. I have nice memories of Bob.
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#9 Carolyn Kitchen 2020-07-10 11:41
Dear Sandy and family, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Bob was such a lovely man. I came to know him through Alma and Cindy Schultz and then later through my volunteering at the library. We both loved Hawn. I so enjoyed the days when his artists group was there. They did such beautiful work of our majestic St. Lawrence. We will all miss his presence in our lives. Carolyn
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#8 Marilyn Wright 2020-07-10 10:03
Dear Sandy and family,
I am deeply saddened by Bob's passing. He was a great guy and I have always enjoyed his company. I admired his many talents. You two, Sandy, made the perfect couple.

The best one can say is no more suffering and pain, Blessings to all of you and know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

With Love, Marilyn
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#7 Charles W. Donner Jr 2020-07-10 08:57
Bob and I have been the best of friends since 3rd grade. LOTS of stories of good times and happy experiences!! in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts; his Navy experiences, teaching at Kodak, art and photography classes, and library boards. He was in our wedding, helped me buy our first sailboat and sail it, Bob loved life and helping others. My sadness in his passing is eased knowing that his earthly pains are gone is now in heaven with God. A life well lived!!!! .
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