Robert “Bob” Hoatland, 70, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 16 at his home. A longtime resident of the Auburn area, Bob attended Auburn schools and graduated from Port Byron Central School. He entered the Army in 1968 and did a tour of duty in Vietnam. Bob was honored to bring home the company colors in 1970. He was extremely proud of his military service with the 7th Cavalry Division in Vietnam. He was always in attendance at local ceremonies to honor veterans. Bob worked at D. & W. Diesel and Electric, Inc. for 33 years until retirement.
Bob had a booming laugh that filled the room. He enjoyed good bourbon and bird watching. He was an avid tennis fan and played Monday Night Tennis for many years. Bob was a member of the Owasco Yacht Club. He was a fan of the Buffalo Bills. He loved parades, fireworks and celebrating. He enjoyed good times with friends over draft beer and chicken wings. Most of all, Bob loved his wife Alice.
Bob is predeceased by his mother and father, Eleanor and George Hoatland, his sister Geraldine Ruston, and his brother George Hoatland.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Alice; his son and daughter in law Benjamin and Elishia; his grandson Jude Robert; his sister Midge Baier, and many special nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bob’s honor to the Sennett Volunteer Fire Department, the Fingerlakes SPCA, or Veteran’s Memorial Park Association, Inc at PO Box 911 Auburn, NY 13021.
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