Robert Louis Herzig, 80, of Watkins Glen, NY died October 31, 2011 after a long courageous battle with cancer. Bob was born on July 25, 1931 in New Bremen, NY to Samuel Lewis and Magdalena Weir Herzig. He graduated from Lowville Academy, Lowville, NY in 1949, attended Syracuse University and graduated from Central City Business Institute. He married Nancy Niebergall on July 4, 1952 in Fort Smith, Arkansas and would have celebrated 60 years of marriage in July. The family resided in Syracuse until 1967 where he was a sales manager for a northern New York memorial company before moving to Watkins Glen, NY where Bob purchased the George E. Hoare Memorial Co., Inc. and remained active in his job as President until his illness in 2010. He served in the U.S. Army for 2 years during the Korean Conflict.
During his years in Watkins Glen, Bob served on the planning board of St. Mary's of the Lake Cemetery Association, was a former member of the Watkins Glen planning board and was appointed Chairman of the Senior Citizens Apartment planning committee which resulted in the construction of the Jefferson Village Senior Citizens Apartments. He was a long standing member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Bob, a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, is predeceased by his parents and nephew, Stephen Allen Shedd. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Katherine Susan and James F. Specchio, David John and Sharon Isley Herzig; grandchildren, Jane and Daniel Campany, Sarah Emily Specchio, John Robert Herzig and Stephanie (Herzig) and Nicholas Johnson; two great grandchildren, Emily Elizabeth and Anthony Charles Campany. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Katherine (Herzig) and Owen E. Shedd, and two nephews Peter L. and Paul O. Shedd.
Family and friends are invited to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 Fourth Street, Watkins Glen, NY, on Thursday, November 3rd, where calling hours will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. A funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours. Memorials may be made in memory of Bob to the Watkins Glen Library, Watkins Glen Fire Company and Schuyler Ambulance.
The Herzig family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Dayakar Reddy, Dr. Robert Lambert, Falck Cancer Center and many others, for their care and friendship during Bob's long illness.