OGDENSBURG -- Robert “Bob” Stilson age 73, passed away Monday April 2, 2018 after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gerhig’s Disease). Arrangements are under the direction of Frary Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Ogdensburg.
Bob is survived by a niece, Lori Stilson Coad of Hawaii; a nephew, Scott of Arizona as well as several cousins.
Bob was predeceased by his parents Dora Lesperance Stilson and Carlton Stilson as well as an older brother William Stilson.
Bob was born on September 23, 1944 in Ogdensburg New York. He attended local schools and graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy as a member of the class of 1962. Continuing his education, Bob attended Canton ATC and SUNY Albany where he earned a bachelors and master’s degree in business education. Bob began his teaching career at Ogdensburg Free Academy where he taught in the business department. Early in the 1980’s Bob was hired by Canton College as an associate professor of business. Bob retired from Canton College in 1999.
Bob was a man of many interests, talents and passions. He brought the gift of nurturing, inspiring, motivating as well as molding students so that they would strive for and achieve goals that they never thought possible. Bob possessed a deep passion for the performing arts. He was active for many years in the local theatre productions both as an actor and director. Bob was never happier than when he would travel to New York City to attend the latest productions on Broadway. As an artist, Bob’s skill at transforming just about any raw material into a finished work of art was amazing. He will be remembered by his friends for his craft with: stained glass, painting, basket weaving, and refinishing antique furniture.
Bob will also be remembered for his capacity to take a barren piece of earth and transform it into a lush and vibrant garden. Bob was also a believer in giving back to his community. He participated with many organizations and served on several civic boards including the Ogdensburg Board of Education. Bob viewed life as something to be lived to its fullest. The obstacles that you encounter in life should not hold you back. Instead, adversity should inspire you to move forward gathering friends as you go.
There will be a gathering for a celebration of life for Bob on Sunday, April 22, from 2 to 4 at the Freighthouse Restaurant in Ogdensburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robert W. Stilson Memorial Scholarship c/o Philip Cosmo, 419 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, New York 13669.