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Robert E. Wade, Sr., 88, of the Town of Niagara, NY, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 peacefully at his residence, surrounded by his loving family and friends, while under the care of Niagara Hospice. Born on February 22, 1928 in Philipsburg, PA, Robert was the son of the late Herschel and Mary (Myers) Wade. On June 6, 1953, he married the former Donna Jeanne Boyd in Niagara Falls, NY. Donna predeceased him on November 9, 2011.
Mr. Wade came to Niagara Falls, NY, in 1942. Robert proudly served in the United States Army Air Forces from March 30, 1946, until his honorable discharge on September 13, 1947. He was employed by the former Stauffer Chemical Corporation. Upon their closing, Mr. Wade then worked for Airco Speer and later for BOC Edwards, in their shipping and receiving department, until he retired in 1993. Robert was a communicant of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Niagara Falls, NY. In his younger years, Mr. Wade liked to bowl and shoot pool. Robert also enjoyed word search puzzles.
Mr. Wade is survived by two daughters, Joyce E. (Tony) Rotella and Theresa A. (Michael Belcher) Wade; eight grandchildren, Maryjoyce (Tom) DiPaola, Virgil Rotella, Sarah (Ron) Janese, Glen Bowen, Donna Bowen, Jason Wade, Amber Wade and Alexis Wade; and seven great-grandchildren, Jordynn, Aria, Wyatt, A'Niyah, Glen, III, Christian and Jaisen. Robert is also survived by four siblings, Lois (Irv) Brydges, Josephine (late Jack) Lengen, Alice (Fred) Helton and John (Helga) Wade; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by two sons, Richard 'Rick' Wade and Robert E. 'Rob' (Karen) Wade, Jr.; one sister, Charlotte Wade; and two brothers, Walter (late Mary Louise) Wade and Herschel (late Florence) Wade.
The family will be present to receive friends on Sunday, November 27th from 2-5 PM in the Chapel of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, in the Town of Niagara, where a funeral service, concluding with military honors, will follow visitation at 5:00 PM, with Niagara Hospice Chaplain, Robert Goodlander officiating. Private interment will be held in Acacia Park Cemetery.
Those who wish to honor Robert in the form of a contribution, are asked to consider Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094.
Condolences may also be sent to the family by visiting goodlandercares.com.
Published on November 23, 2016
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