Robert W. Avery
Robert W. Avery, 83, of Ithaca, NY, formerly of Auburn, NY, died Sunday, March 6, 2011. He was born December 29, 1927 in Rochester, NY to the late Bryant and Charlena Avery. He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Emmi, formerly of Auburn, NY; his brother, Jack Avery of Lansing, NY; sons, William R. Avery and James F. Avery of Ithaca, NY; grandchildren, Nichols R. Avery, Meghan O. Avery, James F. "Jake" Avery Jr, and Brett B. Avery, all of Ithaca, NY. He was predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Janis Avery. Robert and Nancy Avery owned and operated the Home Dairy Bakery and Cafeteria on the Ithaca Commons. Robert started to work the restaurant and baking business at Lambs Bakery in Auburn NY, was cook at the National Guard Armory, and then worked with his uncle Edgar "Ted" Berry until the Avery family took full ownership of the Home Dairy establishment in 1968 until 1997. Robert defined the true definition of hard work, determination and perseverance. A routine day would start with a 3:00 a.m. 2.5-mile run from his home to the bakery to begin production of the incredible baked goods that the business created for over 75 years. He touched and treated the Ithaca community as well as countless customers from all over the world with signature-baked goods, cakes and other seasonal items that individuals continue to rave about to this day. Bob loved sports especially basketball since he played for the National Guard team. Bob continued his intensity for passion at his home. He always took true pride of his home. Bob seldom traveled since he enjoyed his home to the fullest when not working his profession. Robert's extended family was large considering Nancy's family of 12 brothers and sisters from Auburn, NY. Memorable family reunions would take place during Labor Day weekends at the Avery residence. When Bob did travel, he enjoyed his retirement years escaping the upstate New York winter weather at their Florida home. Bob was a longtime member of the Ithaca Lion's Club. His finest work of all was his family. It was his top priority that the family would be close, work together and be kind. He truly loved his family and in his later years was blessed with four grandchildren that carry the family name. His family, friends and the community will miss Robert's smile, out-going personality, positive attitude and people person approach. Calling hours will be from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 11th, at Bangs Funeral Home located at 209 West Green Street, Ithaca, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at the Immaculate Conception Church, 113 N. Geneva St., Ithaca, NY, Saturday, March 12th, 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Immaculate Conception School.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Mar. 9, 2011.