Robert W. Lodder of 12 Prospect St., Trumansburg, passed away unexpectedly on March 11, 2009 while undergoing treatment for cancer. Prior to his diagnosis, Bob enjoyed each day, embracing life with fullness. The struggle and fight of this battle drew Bob to a state of exhaustion.
Born on October 19, 1936 in Baldwinsville, NY, Bob spent the majority of his life in Trumansburg, a community that he cherished. He graduated from Ithaca High School in 1955, served in the US Navy and graduated from Cornell University in 1963, accomplishments of which he was very proud.
In Trumansburg Bob merged his dream and passion into a business, T-Burg Toys, where he made and distributed wooden toys. He ran T-Burg Toys for thirty-five years, until last December. Recently Bob enjoyed writing two books. The first, Fish Creek, tells of his experience as a young man in the Forest Service. The second is about his boyhood in Baldwinsville. Bob was also known for his community involvement and deep dedication and service to the Church of the Epiphany.
Bob is survived by his family, Judy, Rachel, Scott (Diane), and Matthew (Deborah Parker). He has family in Baltimore, including a brother Herbert and his family. He will always be remembered by extended family in Vermont, where he could sail and repair the wooden sail boats that he loved so much.
The family wants to thank the community of Trumansburg, his dedicated caregivers, and his friends who gave such wonderful support to him.
A Celebration of Bob’s Life will begin at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the Church Of The Epiphany, Trumansburg, with the Rev. Gurdon Brewster officiating.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be directed to the Bishops’ Fund c/o Church Of The Epiphany, P.O. Box 459, Trumansburg, NY 14886.