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William Robert Conrad

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RENO, Nev. -- William, Robert (Bob) Conrad, died July 11, 2007, after a short yet strong battle with colon cancer.

He was born April 6, 1946, in Lewisville, N.C., and was the eldest son of William Kimbrough Conrad (12-28-22 to 9-23-60) and Mary Scott Conrad (6-19-27 to 8-19-1977). Bob, as he was known, was hard working and loyal to his family and friends throughout his lifetime. In 1964 Bob volunteered to fight with the Navy in Vietnam, where he rose to the level of Chief Electrician on a naval destroyer. Serving on the U.S.S. Waller DD466, Bob received a Bronze Star for his bravery under fire. In 1969, Bob retired from active duty, and like his father before him, he joined the IBEW. Bob was a member of Local Union 553 of Raleigh, N.C.

While working in New York City in 1970, Bob fell in love with and married Bernadette McIntyre of Sunnyside, N.Y. Bob and Bernadette welcomed two children, Robert (Rob) in 1971 and Teresa (Teri) in 1974. Bob and his family enjoyed traveling throughout the United States during the 70’s and 80’s before settling down in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. Bob started and operated his own electrical contracting company for nearly 10 years based in Hoosick Falls, where he and his son helped build industrial, commercial and residential facilities in the Capital Region and nearby Southern Vermont. Bob was a licensed master electrician in Vermont.

In 1994, Bob left the East Coast to pursue electrical work in Washington, Oregon, California and New Mexico. After surviving a 30-foot industrial fall and several years of rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury, Bob fought courageously to regain a full and active lifestyle in Reno, Nev. in 2001. Not even a double heart bypass in 2003 could interrupt his positive thinking and determination to make each day count. In the end, it was stage four colon cancer that took Bob’s life. Let it be known, Bob Conrad was a strong man determined to live life to the fullest and will be a lasting testament of courage to his loving family and friends.

Bob will be missed by his wife of 35 years, Bernadette McIntyre Conrad; son, Robert (Rob) Conrad and daughter, Teresa (Teri) Conrad, all of Phoenix, Ariz.

Bob is also survived by his younger siblings, James Ray Conrad (Booneville, N.C.), Kathy Conrad Long (Clemmons, N.C.) and Pam Conrad Robertson (Rural Hall, N.C). Bob will be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in North Carolina.

Bob will also be dearly missed by his “good buddy” of 31 years, Merle Dawson (IBEW retired) of Reno, Nev., as well as many friends and brothers of the IBEW.

Bob was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite. He was also a member of the El Katif Shrine, Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge.

A funeral graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, July 13 at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Fernley, Nev.

Memorials may be made to VistaCare Hospice, 1625 East Prater Way, Building C Suite 108, Sparks, NV 89434. Arrangements were entrusted to Walton’s Sierra Chapel, 875 W. Second Street, Reno NV 89503.

Information provided by the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 13, 2007
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