Robert Paul Metcalf, 66, Potsdam, passed from this world at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2012 where he had been a patient since December 20, 2011.
Robert was born on January 22, 1945 in Massena, the son of Robert C. Metcalf and Anne Dean. He attended Lisbon High School and received two college degrees.
Robert married the love of his life, Shirley Ann Perry from Norfolk, and they resided in the Town of Potsdam. They have one son, John Robert Metcalf, who resides in Houston with his wife Kristine and their children, Delaney, age 10, and Ryan, age 6.
Robert worked as a New York State Police trooper for 27 years and received the Silver Star award for bravery. He spent the last 16 years of his career with the State Police as a Medivac helicopter pilot, coordinating search-and-rescue missions with the forest rangers in the Adirondack mountains and surrounding area and performing hospital transportation flights.
Robert served in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Master Army Aviator Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam service medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, 11 Air medal awards and the National Defense Service Medal with a Bronze Service Star. He retired from the U. S. Army with the rank of chief Warrant Officer, 4th grade.
Robert was a substitute math and science teacher at Lisbon High School for 10 years and was well known for his volunteer work and dedication to serving his community. He was a member of the Potsdam Lions Club and a life member of the Potsdam BPOE Elks Lodge.
Robert was predeceased by his father, Robert C. Metcalf; his mother, Anne Dean; his grandfather Paul Dean; his grandmother, Catherine Dean; his aunt, Mildred Dean; and his Uncle Raymond Dean.
Calling hours are Friday, January 13, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam. An Elks service will be held at the funeral home on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Lions Club service at 8:00 p.m. Both are open to the community.
The funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 17 Lawrence Ave., Potsdam, with Msgr. Robert Aucoin Celebrant. A spring burial will be held with full military honors in the Church of the Visitation Cemetery in Norfolk at a date and time to be announced.
Arrangements are with the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam.