Bucher, Robert J. ALBANY Robert J. Bucher, 86, of Albany, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 29, 2013. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Katherine Erickson Bucher; brother, Jack; parents, John and Mary. Bob is survived by his sons, Robert Jr. (Lisa), Vincent, and Jerry (Joanne); his loving grandchildren, Ame; Robert III, Christopher, and Matthew. Bob lived an extraordinary life filled with incredible experiences! He was a proud Albany resident. He graduated high school from Vincentian Institute, earned his undergraduate degree from St. Bonaventure University and his graduate degree from NYU. Before beginning his 30-year career as vice president of the Legislative Index Company, Bob entertained national audiences with his gift of music. He was an accomplished drummer and played with the likes of Nat King Cole, Buddy Rich and Doris Day of The Les Brown Orchestra. Bob continued his entertainment career as a clown for Ringling Brothers Circus. He honorably served in the Army during World War II as a warrant officer. Bob also was an outstanding athlete. After his college football career as a running back, he was asked to try out for the NY Giants. He was a champion boxer, handball, and racquetball player. He loved to cook gourmet meals for his family and friends. Bob was an active member of The Albany Country Club and Fort Orange Club for over forty years. Family and friends are invited to say farewell on Thursday, January 2 from 4 -7 p.m. at McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 900 Madison Avenue, Albany. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to be made be made to St Peter's Hospital Foundation. To leave a message for the family, please visit McveighFuneralHome.com.
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