Robert John “Blaze” Ellis of 214 E. Main St. Lot 2, Trumansburg, passed away at Cayuga Medical Center on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at the age of 63.

Blaze was born on November 9, 1946 in Ithaca, son of the late Robert Seacord and Etta Mae (Holmes) Ellis.

Blaze would like to thank the wonderful staff at Trumansburg Elementary School for their kindness and friendship throughout his 22 years of service. His kindness and warm heart contributed to the growth and development of many students at the Trumansburg Elementary School.

In addition to his parents, Blaze was preceded in death by his brother Jim Ellis on March 23, 2006; his paternal grandmother, Carlene “Granny” Ellis; and uncle Dan O’Connell. He is survived by two daughters, Lisa Ellis of Santa Barbara, California and Stephanie of Upstate New York; three grandchildren, Brandi Lee Ellis of Santa Barbara, California, David Edward LaCoy of Santa Barbara, California, and Daniel Robert LaCoy, who lives on the “big island” of Hawaii with his grandmother; two aunts, Lorraine “Rainy” (Howard) Boyce of Lodi and Rosie O’Connell of Florida; two uncles, Jack (Bonnie) Ellis of Florida and Dick (Pat) Ellis of Florida; two cousins, Danny K. O’Connell of Florida and Laurie VanOstrand of Williamson; and two close and long-time friends, Dawn Reeves and Art McFall, both of Trumansburg;

There will be a gathering of family and friends at the Falls Restaurant and Tavern, 214 E. Main St., Trumansburg, on Monday, May 3, 2010 at 5:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Blaze’s memory to kindly consider the Trumansburg Elementary School Music Department, c/o Susan Frost, 100 Whig St., Trumansburg, NY 14886.