STOW - Robert John Carlson ''Bob,'' who was born in Erie, Pa., on May 13, 1948, to Clara Weber Carlson and Carl Carlson, died in his home Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. He was a resident of Stow, N.Y., for 50 years and a lifelong resident of the area.
He graduated from Chautauqua High School in 1966. He was a tool and die apprentice and attended Jamestown Community College. He had a long career at Chautauqua Hardware Corporation that spanned 32 years. During that time, he held several roles that included tool room supervisor, tool & die designer and draftsman.
Bob was a kind and loving husband of 45 years to Sally Pickett Carlson of Stow; a proud father of daughters: Kelly Carlson of Chicago, Ill., and Brooke Norris (Andrew) of Almond, N.Y.; grandfather of four terrific kids: Lauren, Jessica, Natalie and Tom Norris. He loved to plan exciting activities that included searching for treasure chests, setting boats asail or telling a tall tale. A true family man!
He was very close to his two brothers: Bill (Joan) of Freedom, N.Y., and Skip (Fran) of Panama, N.Y. He is also survived by nephew, Scott Carlson; a great-nephew, Jeffrey Carlson; a great-niece, Saige Carlson; and brother-in-law, Bob Pickett.
Bob Carlson's friendly smile, contagious laugh, good nature and selfless acts were an inspiration to us all. He loved people and had a huge heart. He taught us the importance of treating others with respect, being there for friends and family, and that being a good person and being happy is worth more than all the money in the world. He taught us a good work ethic, but also to make time for fun. He was quick with a joke or a story and loved to make people laugh.
Bob was a lifelong fan of the Yankees and the Cleveland Browns. He enjoyed working in his shop, debat-ing politics, the Wall Street Journal, and the competi-tion of fantasy football. He liked watching Fox News and was a staunch supporter of the NRA and the Tea Party. He was a tremendous cook, who made the best homemade pasta sauce in the world! He planned the neighborhood yard sales and grilled up all the hot dogs, always spending more than he made, but enjoying every minute of meeting new people. Every year, he made sure there was a family reunion with too much food. He believed in random acts of kindness and on many occasions bought groceries for seniors in the grocery store behind him. He loved Christmas, we always had the most perfect tree, even if it was much like one Charlie Brown had with the tinsel hung a strand at a time with only one to a branch. He loved his golden retrievers: Alex and Plenty Good. Whether golfing, hunting, being at the camp, sitting at the table chatting with friends, he was always a great host and true friend. Most of all he loved to smile and laugh! See you down the road.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, Aug. 15, at Open Meadows Cemetery with a life celebration party on Saturday Aug. 31, from 1-4 p.m. at the Carlson residence.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF, 26 Broadway 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004) or Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC, 333 West Moreland Dr., Rochester, NY 14620).
The Freay Funeral Home in Mayville is in charge of arrangements.