TICONDEROGA — Robert G. "Bob" Thatcher Sr., 68, of Ticonderoga, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2012, at his residence.
Born in Ticonderoga, May 19, 1943, he was the son of the late Marvin G. and Catherine A. (Powvorznik) Thatcher.
Bob was a lifetime resident of Ticonderoga. He owned many businesses in the area, most recently, The Horses Restaurant and Thatcher's Old School House Restaurant, both of Ticonderoga. He also founded several other businesses in Ticonderoga and the surrounding area, including the Sunoco station of Ticonderoga, and three NAPA Auto Parts stores in Ticonderoga, Port Henry and Elizabethtown.
Bob's passion for Ticonderoga was well known, especially when using his business knowledge while serving as town justice and as town councilman for many years.
Bob was a board member of the Champlain National Bank.
He was a member of the Mt. Defiance Lodge 794, Free & Accepted Masons, 32nd Degree of the Scottish Rite, and a member of the Shriners and the Royal Order of Jesters. He was also a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks 1494 of Ticonderoga.
Bob's accomplishments were many and he was notably known as a very quiet, patient and knowledgeable man with a strong work ethic.
In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his stepfather, Wesley "Bob" Carr; and by one brother, Clarence "Kip" Carr.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Susan (Hurlburt) Thatcher; three children, Robert G. Thatcher Jr. and his wife, Robin of Ticonderoga, Robin Pauquette and her husband, Michael of Delmar, and Tammy Perry and her husband, Lawrence of Ticonderoga; one brother, Marvin Thatcher and his wife, Patricia of Pensacola, Fla.; and seven grandchildren, Bryan Pauquette, Sean Pauquette, Morgan Thatcher, Janelle Huestis, Austin Huestis, Braden Perry, and Bryce Perry. He is also survived by his aunt, Ruth Woods of Ticonderoga; and many nieces and nephews; and cousins.
Relatives and friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home, 11 Algonkin St., Ticonderoga.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will conduct ritualistic services at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
A prayer service will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday evening at the funeral home. The Rev. Kevin D. McEwan, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Ticonderoga, will officiate. Following the prayer service on Thursday evening, there will be a reception at the Elk's Lodge of Ticonderoga.
The Rite of Committal will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Ticonderoga Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 265, Ticonderoga, NY 12883.