Coach Robert H. Lee
Age 74, of Watkins Glen, passed away August 26, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by family.
Robert was born in Geneva, NY. After graduating from Watkins Glen High School, he studied Physical Education before being drafted by the US Army in 1966. He worked 35 years as a Recreation Therapist at Willard and Elmira Psychiatric Centers. He served the Schuyler County community in numerous civil and sports league positions. Some of these included serving as Mayor of Watkins Glen and as a village Police Officer. Coach Lee also served as a coach for local boys and girls basketball teams, football and as a baseball umpire. His duties also included serving as Commissioner or Chairman for numerous sports and youth related civic activities in the county.
Bob is predeceased by his parents, William and Laura (Bailey) Lee; brother Richard (Ann Marie) Lee, sister Virginia (Louie) Rondinaro, and brothers-in-law, Ted Specchio, Jim Angelo, and Bill Ormsbee.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Laura (Wagner) Lee; children, Stephen Lee of Watkins Glen, Kevin Lee (Cassy Sherwood) of Lodi, and Virginia Lee (Adam Shaffer) of Lodi; sisters, Barbara Specchio of Watkins Glen, Patricia Angelo of North Carolina, and Shirley Ormsbee of Waterloo; and one grandson, Easton Shaffer.
The family will receive public at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Thursday (Aug. 29th) from 4pm-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (Aug 30th) at 10am at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen; followed by burial and military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you remember Coach Bob with donations in his memory to the “Watkins Glen Sports Booster Club”, PO Box 267, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. You may express condolences to the family or leave a remembrance online in “Obits” at www.RoyceChedzoy.com