November 30, 1926 – March 13, 2019
Robert F. Dunbar of Lockport, NY died on March 13, 2019. He was 92 years old. Bob was born in 1926 in Gasport, NY, the son of Frank R. Dunbar and Mildred Whitcomb Dunbar. In 1949 he married the former Margaret Farley. They would have celebrated 70 years of marriage this June. Bob graduated from Gasport High School in 1944 and went to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. His education there was interrupted by World War II, and he served in the US Army in Europe. On his return he attended General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, graduating in 1952. Bob was employed at Harrison Radiator for 40 years in sales and service. Bob was an active member of Ridgewood Bible Church for most of his life, serving throughout the years as worship leader, choir director and choir member, youth leader, Sunday school superintendent and teacher, and elder. He also served as song leader at Niagara Bible Conference. He was a member of Gideons International for 54 years. He was a member of the Lock City Glee Club for 41 years, serving as president for 2 years. And he served on the Newfane Board of Education for 15 years, 3 of those as president. Bob is survived by his wife of 69 years, Margaret Dunbar; his daughter Marci (Kent) Brittin; sons, Mark (Donna), Rick (Chris), and Craig (Carolyn) Dunbar; 13 grandchildren: Christine Corcoran, Kimberly and Valerie Brittin, Michele Bishop, Benjamin and Kirsten Dunbar, Kyle, Paul and Chad Dunbar, Michael and Joel Fink, Ariel Guido, and Morgan Dunbar; and 7 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Richard, his son Curtis, and his grandson Russ Dunbar. Friends may call at Ridgewood Bible Church, 7073 Ridge Road, Lockport, NY on Monday, March 18th, from 2:00 to 4:00 and from 6:00 to 8:00. The funeral service will be Tuesday, March 19th, at 11:00 at Ridgewood Bible Church. Arrangements are by Sherrie Funeral Home. Interment will be in Wrights Corners Cemetery. Please go to www.sherriebreamfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence for the family.
son of Frank R. Dunbar and Mildred Whitcomb Dunbar.
husband of: Margaret Dunbar
father of: Marci (Kent) Brittin
grandfather of: Christine
predeceased by his brother Richard, his son Curtis, and his grandson Russ Dunbar.
- Visitation Monday, March 18, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, March 19, 2019
March 17, 2019
My condolences to the Dunbar family.
While I had several great mentors throughout my career at Harrison, Bob was much more than a work mentor. He was a life mentor as well.
Both Bob and my father were WWII European theater veterans. In many ways Bob helped me to better understand my father with his special blend of warmth, wisdom and funny phrases.
I worked with Bob in Product Service. Whenever there was a task that was unreasonable we referred to it as "A Bridge Too Far". Even now whenever I end up with something unreasonable or I come across a reference to that old movie I think of him!
God Bless Bob, enjoy your new beginning.
March 15, 2019
Sending my deepest condolences to your entire family. To Mark, I am so truly sorry for your loss and the team I are here to support you and your family in any way we can. All of my thoughts and prayers are with you.
March 14, 2019
The friends and colleagues of Kim Brittin at Pearce Memorial Church send our heartfelt love and prayers to our dear friend Kim and the family of Robert Dunbar. We pray that our God of unfailing love will comfort the family as you gather to remember and celebrate a faithful life lived well.
March 13, 2019
“To be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD.” 2 Cor. 5:8. Bob has graduated to be with his LORD! Bob has meant a lot to me over the past 25+ years. He always had a good story to tell, either from his days at “Harrison’s” or how he and Margaret went to watch his grandchildren play soccer or another sport. He was a great example of a servant of God, always humble, and eager to study the Word of God. He passed that on teaching his Sunday School class, which I enjoyed with Walt. And when he sang, he always reminded me of George Beverly Shea, so strong and rich! I loved watching he and Walt interact, as they had a lot in common. I’ll bet the two of them, as “newbies” in heaven, are soaking up being in their Savior’s presence right now!
I am praying for all of you—Margaret, Rick, Marci, and the rest of the family-- during this difficult time. Margaret, I know it hurts terribly to lose your soulmate, best friend, and lifelong companion! Your man was very special, and I am praying that God envelopes you in His Love and Comfort in the coming days and months! Love you all—because of Him I can face tomorrow!