Bob Warner

Bob Warner ScotiaBob (Lawrence T.) Warner, 87, of Bruce Street, died February 7, 2014 at the Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany. He was born September 25, 1926 to the late Leland and Alice (Carl) Warner in Waterbury, Connecticut. The family returned to Rotterdam where Bob was raised and attended school. During World War II, he served in the Army in the Philippine Islands from 1945-46. Upon discharge he became an independent auto mechanic, frequently found at Sterling Auto Service, his brother's used car business on Altamont Avenue. His interest in engines led him to working on boats, and he continued as a marine mechanic at Blain's Bay Marina, Van Schaick Island Marina and Scarano Boat Building. He also tended bar at several local watering holes, most notably the Melrose Tavern on Crane Street. Formerly a member of the Schenectady Photographic Society, he also belonged to CAMERA. Inc. A talented photographer, Bob was quietly happy composing an image or meticulously restoring a vintage camera. A rugged figure with striking white hair, Bob was the master of casual conversation; he could talk to anyone. He was a fixture at Stewart's at Swaggertown Road, greeting folks with a wave and a wink. He liked nothing better than provoking a lively discussion with his pals over coffee. In fine weather, he could be found on his front porch shooting the breeze with neighbors. He especially enjoyed visits from animal friends on their walks. He said his greatest satisfaction came from helping people by lending a hand or a tool and sharing his vast practical knowledge, especially with the younger generation. Bob was predeceased by his sister, Theodora Welenc; and his brother, Leland Warner. Survivors include his devoted companion and wife, Gretchen Wukits; his sister, Thelma Chainyk of Altamont; and three nephews and six nieces. A gathering celebrating Bob's life and spirit will be held in the spring. Contemplating his afterlife, he asked that this message be shared with family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances, I'll see ya when ya get here. The family is deeply grateful to the staff of the Hospice Unit at the VA for their tender and dignified care of Bob during the last weeks of his life. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208, Attention: Hospice Unit.

Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2014