Robert Dabreau Sr.

September 27, 1940May 7, 2013

Robert Dabreau Sr., 72, of Laurens, NY passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013 peacefully at home with family by his side. Robert was born September 27, 1940 in the Bronx, NY, the son of Leonard and Anna Dabreau. He graduated from Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx in 1958, before joining the United States Navy. Robert married the love of his life, Constance Brown Dabreau on March 3, 1962 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Oneonta, NY. Together they started their lives in Laurens, NY. In April of 1962, Robert began his 20 year career with the New York State Police. He was very involved in the community, volunteered as a Boy Scout Troup Leader in Laurens and served on the Laurens Central School Board of Education for 10 years.

After retiring from the State Police, Robert did not sit still for long. He began working as a Paralegal for the law office of Robert Nydam in Oneonta, NY, was co-owner of the Red Sleigh Restaurant in Cooperstown, NY, New York State Park Police and even retired a second time as a claims investigator for N.Y.C.M. Edmeston, NY. He was an avid lover of the outdoors, hunting, motorcycling, skiing and a member of the National Ski Patrol. He enjoyed traveling the country and spending winters in the Florida sun.

Robert is survived by his wife Connie of 51 years. He was predeceased by his eldest daughter Jeanne Dabreau Handler, and is survived by son Robert Dabreau Jr. and wife Amy, daughter Jennifer Dabreau Sickler and husband Steve, as well as his loving grandchildren; Samantha & Brandon Stewart, Sara Handler, Danielle Handler, Alex Handler, Gabrielle Sickler, Benjamin Sickler, Emma Dabreau, Ava Dabreau and Aiden Dabreau; his brothers, Leonard Dabreau, Richard Dabreau and Paul Leeger, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 PM, Friday May 10, 2013 at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St. Oneonta NY. Funeral services will take place at St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta, NY at 10:15 AM Saturday, May 11, 2013 and will be followed by a graveside burial in the Laurens Cemetery.

Donations can be made in Bob's memory to the Laurens Cemetery Association or the Catskill Area Hospice.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Calling Hours Friday, May 10, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, May 11, 2013

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Ken O'Neil

May 11, 2013

To the Dabreau Family;
Bob was one of the nicest men I have ever met. When I first came to NYCM he took me under his wing and help me get established. I enjoyed his company, always. I am so sorry for your loss.

Wendy & Lang

May 10, 2013

My heart hurts for all of you. The memories that Uncle Bob has given (skiing, hunting, laughing over coffee, sage advice, funny stories, and shopping at "Sal's") - so many grieve today, knowing that he won't be laughing his booming laugh or bouncing a baby on his knee, again. It is always difficult to lose your dad, no matter what his age and no matter how full his life. Personally, I regret not skiing with him a few more times - I always learned so much on each slope. He was such a patient and humorous teacher. And I am glad that we all had time to tell Uncle Bob how fondly we remembered him (the 73 memories from Sami), but I know that you all wish for more time and more memories. We are really very, very sorry for your loss.

Audrey Anderson

May 10, 2013

Connie, Rob, Jen and family,
My condolences to all of you at this very difficult time. May the memories of your life with Bob sustain you now and through the years to come.

Larry & Joanie Holmes

May 10, 2013

Connie, Richie, Lennie and all of Bob's family, we want to extend our deepest sympathies for your loss. Bob was such a special person and will be remembered with great fondness. He will be missed by all of us from Wandering Oaks in FL.
Larry & Joanie Holmes

Dorothy Knecht

May 10, 2013

Cookie and family, I guess I've known Bob since i was a little girl through my brother Donald. I am glad that I got to visit with him when he came to Florida and spent a few hours with Donald. I am sure it was very special for both of them. My prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time.

Dorothy (Wittekind) Knecht

George Walter

May 10, 2013

Very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Keeping you all in our prayers and plan to make it up for the service on Saturday.

George and Kathy Walter

Dottie Van Vliet

May 10, 2013

I am so sad to hear of the passing of Bob. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you Connie, your family and friends. I will always remember Bob as a warm and giving person who touched many lives through his family, work and his involvement as a community volunteer .

Paul-Donna Kankiewicz

May 10, 2013

Our prayers are with all of you. Bob was a special guy, a reflection of his goodness is in each of you. Love Paul & Donna

Ken & Dorothy Wenck

May 10, 2013

Cookie and family, We were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Knowing Bob as a State Trooper is one of the reasons that I went on to become a police officer myself. He was a good man and I enjoyed knowing him. Our prayers are with you all.

Susan and Sal Feliu

May 10, 2013

May his memory be a source of comfort always- Susan and Sal Feliu