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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.

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Mar. 9, 2011.
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March 14, 2011
We are so very sorry for your loss. Robert was such a fun loving man. Heaven will be lucky to have him. All our love, Brad, Rhonda, Matthew and Melissa Hull
Rhonda Hull
March 14, 2011
Dearest Jim and family you remain in our heartfelt thoughts and prayers. I trust he is up in heaven "hanging out" with my parents and so many others we knew, loved and cared about. We were blessed that they were a part of our lives and still remain within us! Every wonderful halfmoon I had was a beautiful moment put there by him and your wonderful mom and family. He continues to live on in us all! Godbless xoxo Ruthie, Jeff, Matt and Chris
March 12, 2011
im going to miss you uncle bob rest in peace
Austin kuczek
March 11, 2011

Thinking of you and your family. So sorry for yet another loss.

Renee Milton
March 11, 2011
So sorry for your loss. I'm sure he was a great husband and father, but he was also the greatest doughnut maker ever. I enjoyed the fruits of his labor for many, many years. God Bless you all, Gary & Suzanne Foote
Gary & Suzanne Foote
March 11, 2011
to the Avery famly,My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
chuck wells
March 10, 2011
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Joni Kuczek
March 10, 2011
Nancy and Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a kind and good man.Whenever I came to the house he always had a smile and made me feel welcome. He always had some story to share and was interested in what was happening in life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Susan Mann
March 9, 2011
Nancy,Jim & Family,
I was so sorry to hear about Bob this past Sun. He really was a kind and gentle soul-though I saw you Nancy more frequently, and Jim, you and I went through many years of school together, when I heard of Bob's passing it triggered a memory of when I was about 10 years old and it was snowing out and I was looking in the window at The Home Dairy, smelling those wonderful pastries and Bob saw me looking in and wrapped a half moon cookie in wax paper and came outside and handed it to me and said tell Sophie & Henry (my parents) I said "Hello" .
It's simple, but it says it all! He was a wonderful man and he will ALWAYS be with you in one way or another, you never lose that.My thoughts are with you all.
Stephen Bennett
Steve Bennett
March 9, 2011
Dear the Averys,
So sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Avery. We have very fond memories of spending time with your family and are quite saddened by this loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pam and Andy Garcia-Rivera
March 9, 2011
Jim, Bill, Nancy (Mrs. Avery!) and family,
I am truly sorry for your loss. Often I tell the story that Jim has shared many times over the years- he was coming home late one night with friends when one of them noticed some crazy man out jogging. "That crazy man is my dad and he's going to work!" Find comfort in loving memories and peace in your heart.
With love always
Terri Hoppenrath
March 9, 2011
Dear Nancy, Jim and family,
So sorry to read of your loss. I have very fond memories of the Home Dairy from my days working for Irv Lewis Inc. on the Commons. My sons were especially fond of the smile face cookies, my husband was partial to the sticky buns. I always enjoyed visiting with Nancy and Jim while having coffee and pie.
Thanks for the memories.
My deepest sympathies to all of you.
Love, Susie Eggleston
Susan Eggleston
March 9, 2011
To Jim and family,I have always loved the Home Dairy and i miss those half moon cookies, It was the place to be to get food and sweets.May you all have peace, Dad is in Good hands.
Val Evans/Bibbie Family
March 9, 2011
Dear Nancy, Bill, and Jim,
We want you to know that our love and family support are with all of you always.
Peg,Steve,Sara,Russell,Kelly,&Kevin Hale
March 9, 2011
Our condolences to the Avery family - we remember well the wonderful Home Dairy in Ithaca where I grew up and my parents and family lived from 1959 until 1977. My mother, Gloria Clarke Allen (87) also extends her sympathy to your family; my mother and father Robert and Gloria Allen) operated two Home Dairy locations in Rochester, New York (1944-1952) and the Home Dining Rooms in Rochester (1936-1942), where my father trained for the business; my mother's father (Irv and Marge Clarke) operated the Auburn Home Dairy from 1932-1942. May God bless you all through these difficult times. Mark and Janet Allen, and family - and "grandma" Gloria of La Mirada, California.
Mark Allen
March 9, 2011
My heart goes out to all of you. I know you'll miss Bob so much. May your best memories and your faith be a comfort to all of you.
Christina Parker
March 9, 2011
My Dear Nancy and Boys,
Your loss can never be replaced. Bob was a devoted husband and dad. I can remember when you started at the phone company and we all were one for all and all for one. We have all had our good times and now Bob is not suffering any more as he is at peace. One by one we seem to loose our mates...but Nancy we have to carry on and knowing you, you will do it and it's you who has to be strong for your boys.Sadly, life goes on and knowing you Nancy, you will carry on. I always feel that Jack is by my side and you will always have Bob. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Fondly, Jacki B
March 9, 2011
Nancy and family, May all your wonderful memories substain you through these times of great sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, Joan, Jo Ann and Jim
Joan Coskey
March 9, 2011
Dearest Nancy and family, Jim and I are just devastated over the loss of Bob. He was just a fine, fine man and will be sorely missed by so many. Our thoughts and are prayers are with you all at this time of such great sorrow!
Shirley & Jim Herson
March 9, 2011
Bill, Jim and Family,
So sorry to hear about your loss. God bless.
Brian Miles
March 9, 2011
Bill and family,
Sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Dave and Mark
NY Speakerworks
March 9, 2011
"Mom" , Jim, and my brother Billy....please know that we are so terribly affected by he loss of "my other Dad" as I have thought of him for some time , and that we are there with you in spirit. We hope you can feel our prayers and sympathy surrounding you all ...Love , Sky and Joanie
Sky and Joanie
March 9, 2011
Jim and family,
I'm sorry for your loss. You dad was a very kind man to the Ithaca community. I'll never forget his signature half moon cookies.I still talk about them to this day.May God's peace and love be with you at this sad time.
Flo Evans
March 9, 2011
Dear Nancy and Family,

Sorry to hear that Bob had passed away. We really never got to know him that well but always enjoyed his company when we got together, especially in Florida. God bless you all.
Pat & Bob Crowley
March 9, 2011
Jim, Very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was a very special person. May your family and memories be of great comfort to you now and always. The Home Dairy certainly provided me and my family with many punds of memories!
Dave Rogachefsky
March 9, 2011
Nancy and family,
I am so sorry to learn about Bob's passing. He was a good person, always a big smile on his face and kind to everyone. May God bless you and your family in this trying time. My prayers are with you all.
Sophie Capolongo
March 9, 2011
Dear Nancy and family,
We were deeply saddened to hear that Bob had passed away. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Tom and Sandy Scaglione
March 9, 2011
Dear Nancy, I just read of Bob's passing and I am so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember the wonderful times with all had together. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this sad and difficult time. You are loved, stay strong and God Bless.
Christy Cadaret
March 9, 2011
Nancy, We only met Bob one time at Wegmans with the crew but he was so nice to us. So very Sorry for you loss
Frank Scaglione
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