Robert A. Simcick, 85, of Napoli, N.Y., and Fort Pierce, Fla., passed on to Heaven on Jan. 15, 2013, after a brief illness while hospitalized in Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Port Pierce, Fla. He was born on Nov. 30, 1927, in Salamanca, N.Y., to Anthony and Olive (Williams) Simcick.
Robert was a member of the former First Methodist Church of Salamanca, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1948. For many years, he served as a scoutmaster of Little Valley Troop 64 of the Boy Scouts of America, taking a troop of scouts to the 1964 National Jamboree in Valley Forge, Pa. He also served as coach of the Little Valley Panthers midget football team in the 1960s. He was a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association (Randolph Woodpeckers Chapter) and the American Legion, as well as a life member of the Communication Workers of America.
Robert Retired in 1992 after working 25 years for Bell Telephone Company, followed by 10 years for Little Valley Lumber Inc., as a mill and cabinet maker and 10 years for Cattaraugus County at the County Center in Little Valley, as a maintenance mechanic. Bob and his wife, Judy, began their full-time retirement as snowbird residing at the Little Valley Rod and Gun Club from spring through fall and wintering in Fort Pierce, Fla.
He is survived by two sons: Robert T. (Joni) Simcick of Napoli, N.Y., and Francis (Michele) Simcick of Cape May Court House, N.J.; five grandchildren: Denise (Ricky) Corcimiglia, Brett Simcick, Kimberly (Simcick) Curtis, Michael Simcick and Keith Simcick; and one great-grandson, Connor Corcimiglia.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Judith (Champlin) Simcick, whom he married May 28, 1949; two sons: Scott and Daniel Simcick; and one grandson, Jarod Simcick of Napoli, N.Y.
A memorial service will be announced in March with interment following in the Little Valley Rural Cemetery in Little Valley, N.Y. The family suggests memorials made to the Little Valley Ambulance Fund.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mentley Funeral Home Inc., 411 Rock City St., Little Valley, N.Y.