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Robert W. Stilson

Robert “Bob” Stilson age 73, of Ogdensburg New York passed away Monday April 2, 2018 after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gerhig’s Disease). Arrangements are under the direction of Frary Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Ogdensburg, NY.

Bob is survived by a niece, Lori Stilson Coad of Hawaii, a nephew Scott of Arizona as well as several cousins. Bob was predeceased by his parents Dora Lesperance Stilson and Carlton Stilson as well as an older brother William Stilson.

Bob was born on September 23, 1944 in Ogdensburg New York. He attended local schools and graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy as a member of the class of 1962. Continuing his education, Bob attended Canton ATC and SUNY Albany where he earned a bachelors and master’s degree in business education. Bob began his teaching career at Ogdensburg Free Academy where he taught in the business department. Early in the 1980’s Bob was hired by Canton College as an associate professor of business. Bob retired from Canton College in 1999.

Bob was a man of many interests, talents and passions. He brought the gift of nurturing, inspiring, motivating as well as molding students so that they would strive for and achieve goals that they never thought possible. Bob possessed a deep passion for the performing arts. He was active for many years in the local theatre productions both as an actor and director. Bob was never happier than when he would travel to New York City to attend the latest productions on Broadway. As an artist, Bob’s skill at transforming just about any raw material into a finished work of art was amazing. He will be remembered by his friends for his craft with: stained glass, painting, basket weaving, and refinishing antique furniture. Bob will also be remembered for his capacity to take a barren piece of earth and transform it into a lush and vibrant garden. Bob was also a believer in giving back to his community. He participated with many organizations and served on several civic boards including the Ogdensburg Board of Education. Bob viewed life as something to be lived to its fullest. The obstacles that you encounter in life should not hold you back. Instead, adversity should inspire you to move forward gathering friends as you go.

There will be a gathering for a celebration of life for Bob on Sunday, April 22, from 2 to 4 at the Freighthouse Restaurant in Ogdensburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robert W. Stilson Memorial Scholarship c/o Philip Cosmo, 419 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, New York13669.

37 Condolences

  • Bill and Mary Herzog Posted April 3, 2018 3:38 PM

    A wonderful man who will be missed!

  • Kim and Rosemary Demers Posted April 3, 2018 4:52 PM

    A dear family friend-we will miss you Bob.

  • Carol Gilmour Posted April 3, 2018 5:37 PM

    Will miss you.

  • Dick ladouceur Posted April 3, 2018 5:56 PM

    Rest In Peace Mr. Stilson you were one of the good guys.

  • Kathy Ladouceur Posted April 3, 2018 6:07 PM

    A wonderful man and a great teacher! RIP Bob❤️

  • Kathy Farmer Posted April 3, 2018 6:08 PM

    A wonderful man and a great teacher! RIP Bob❤️

  • Penny Robinson Posted April 4, 2018 7:25 AM

    You were one of the greatest friends and a wonderful caring teacher. You will be missed by many.

  • cathy kelley Posted April 4, 2018 8:34 AM

    RIP BOB one great friend and teacher

  • sandra putney Posted April 4, 2018 9:44 AM

    Stilts, you will be so missed. So glad you aren’t hurting any more. Thanks for being such a caring man. Sandy

  • Ramona Breen Posted April 4, 2018 11:30 AM

    He was a very kind and wonderful man and he will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.

  • Joyce Mallette Posted April 4, 2018 12:28 PM

    You were my wonderful neighbor who will be greatly missed -I will miss the light in the kitchen window. I thank God that you are not suffering anymore. Give Chuck a hug from me, please.

  • Ingrid Baltradis Posted April 4, 2018 12:40 PM

    R.I.P. Bob,now you are free of any pain and discomfort,please keep watch over our neighborhood. We will miss chatting with you during our walks around the block. Sincere and heartfelt condolences to your family and friends.

  • Brenda Gardner Lalonde Posted April 4, 2018 2:43 PM

    He was a great teacher but also generous, fair, and kind. We will miss you.

  • Terry and John Robinson Posted April 4, 2018 2:59 PM

    So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. He was a great person and teacher. Rest in Peace Bob.

  • Lois Langtry Posted April 4, 2018 4:30 PM

    I shared some great times with Bob in the Faculty Room at OFA. There were jokes, stories, laughter. I am glad I have memories of those times. He was one of those beloved teachers whose wit, sarcasm, and genuine caring for his students will remain in their hearts forever. RIP Bob; you have earned your wings!

  • LaurelLee Roethel Posted April 4, 2018 6:27 PM

    A great mentor, educator and friend. He taught business classes in my senior year at OFA. Always remembered all his students even decades later. One of my happiest memories of late was when he friend requested me on Facebook. God Bless you Mr. Stilson.

  • Gary and Dianne touron Posted April 4, 2018 6:42 PM

    Mr. Stinson you were truly one of the good guys, you will always be in our thoughts. . You will be missed by so many. Rest In Peace

  • Tim & Debbie Burke Posted April 4, 2018 7:15 PM

    Rest in Peace Bob, you will be missed greatly. We will surely miss you in the neighborhood.

  • Kendall Straight Posted April 5, 2018 7:03 AM

    One of my “down-the-hall” teaching buddies at OFA, he was a unique teacher, colleague, and friend. I’m so sorry you had to suffer, Bob. RIP, sir. There are many who will miss you sincerely and remember you fondly.

  • Karen Morley Gerken Posted April 5, 2018 11:52 AM

    One of the good guys and a great teacher. RIP Mr. Stilson.

  • sharon barton dishaw Posted April 5, 2018 1:18 PM

    Rest in peace dear friend. you will be missed .

  • Bryan and Joan Felitto Posted April 5, 2018 5:33 PM

    A gentelman ‘ a scholar , a fine human being that enriched all he came into contact with dash of rapier wit mirroring a seasoned performer. This was a life well lived !

    RIp Professor, your friendship was the stuff that makes life worth living for all who knew you !

  • Bryan and Joan Felitto Posted April 5, 2018 5:36 PM

    A gentleman ‘ a scholar , a fine human being that enriched all he came into contact with dash of rapier wit mirroring a seasoned performer. This was a life well lived !

    RIp Professor, your friendship was the stuff that makes life worth living for all who knew you !t

  • Marijane (Wilson) Rhinebold. Posted April 7, 2018 6:29 PM

    Bob was one of my favorite people. His talent and humor were endless. He directed the Ogdensburg Community Players production of Hello Dolly and I had the privilege of being Dolly. His vision for the show and his wonderful support of his cast made it a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful show. I still have the beautiful stained glass rose he made and gave me after the show. So much talent and kindness in one person.. So very sad to,lose him so quickly.

  • Dave Rishe Posted April 8, 2018 5:31 AM

    When there was a Teen Center in Ogdensburg, it was because Bob Stilson, as Key Club advisor, orchestrated its revival. I can remember the Bette Midler mural he painted on the wall. A great teacher, friend, human being

  • Mary & Steve Sovie Posted April 8, 2018 9:43 PM

    RIP Bob. You have blessed so many lives! You will always be remembered by those who knew you.

  • Diane Winters Posted April 9, 2018 5:35 AM

    I only met Bob recently,but what a kind & loving & strong man. My deepest condolences to Bobs family.

  • Lori & Pat Hackett Posted April 9, 2018 3:48 PM

    We were truly blessed to have had Bob teaching / mentoring in Ogdensburg for many years…he inspired our Class of 77 on to many great successes. RIP my friend…you will be missed by many!

  • Gregg Mallette Posted April 9, 2018 8:14 PM

    Rest in peace Bob! It won’t be the same in the neighborhood with out ya! Our thoughts are with you and your family. Gregg & Emily Mallette

  • Jack Kull Posted April 9, 2018 9:05 PM

    Stilts, you’ll never know how many people you impacted. Thank you. We are all better for having known you. God bless and rest in peace!

    • Julie and Pete Cliff Posted April 16, 2018 11:07 AM

      Hey General-Stilts used to keep your message on his answering machine and play it back when I went to visit. He loved hearing from you! Thought you would like to know. Julie Hackett Cliff

  • Jeff LaComb Posted April 10, 2018 1:37 PM

    RIP Stilts,….Great teacher and friend

  • Michael Newtown Posted April 13, 2018 1:06 PM

    Bob, you inspired many people over the years and I thank you for showing me how to inspire others.

  • Bill Powers, Jr. Posted April 21, 2018 9:17 PM

    RumpleStilson – a force of nature! Took his typing class as an OFA senior in 1971. I remember the admonition to start at home keys ASDF…JKL’, and to use all finger digits, but my rebellious and competitive nature caused me to ‘hunt and peck’ with forefingers. I would score one of the highest in the class on most ‘time and accuracy’ tests, and Mr. Stilson would shake his head. RIP Bob, I have come to realize that starting with the home keys, literally and metaphorically, is best practice -akin to the life Bob lived.

  • Bill Hamilton Posted April 22, 2018 1:27 PM

    Bob was far more than just my teacher; he was like a father to me. There are so many memories of Bob -conversations and adventures that shaped who I am. He was such a source of encouragement to his students, and I do hope he knew just how important that gift was. He was generous and so funny. I am grateful to have known him. Words are insufficient at this moment.

  • D James Powers Posted April 25, 2018 11:40 AM

    Never a need for crutches when one had “Stiltz” … I believe I just heard his comical laugh when I would say this to boB (whoms laughter only got louder when I suggested he always spelled his name backwards). What we have lost via mortality more will have been endeared in spirit. I cannot think of a single moment where boB wasn’t sharing an upside down frown — or his signature Smile for a mile! RIP Sir

  • Dr. David J. Morrill Posted January 11, 2019 10:05 PM

    A great colleague at SUNY Canton, Bob was a class act who treated me exceptionally well. People like him are rare birds indeed. It was a sincere pleasure to know Bob.

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