Robert L. Wadsworth

November 27, 1965April 4, 2018

Robert L. Wadsworth, 52 of Penn Yan, entered eternal life on April 4, 2018 in his home.

Family and friends will call on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 135 Hamilton St., Penn Yan, from 12-1pm, with the celebration of life service immediately following. Burial will follow at Evergreen cemetery in Dresden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Masonic Brotherhood Fund, c/o the Seneca Lake Masonic Lodge, PO Box 308, Dresden, NY 14441 or to the Keuka Comfort Care Home, PO Box 107, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

Bob was born in Elmira, NY on November 27, 1965, the son of his predeceased mother Gail N. Wadsworth and Roger K. Wadsworth. Bob grew up enjoying many friends, sailing, and developing his passion for music and playing his guitar. The day he received his first guitar was the day he knew he would never put it down. Bob learned to play through the gift of listening. He could listen to any song and then play it without the need for written music. He amazed many with his ability. His younger years were filled by pulling friends together to play their music in basements, garages, and school. He participated in the high school band program, including the marching band playing the trumpet. When Bob wasn’t enjoying his love for music, he was active in Boy Scouts and received his Eagle Scout award in 1983.

Bob graduated from Horseheads high school in 1984 and maintained many friendships with his classmates over the years. He graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a B.S. degree in business and from Elmira College with a M.A. in education. Following college, Bob reached his goal of teaching. He taught in school districts in Virginia, North Carolina and New York. The open road also enticed Bob, so he pursued a career driving tractor trailers for a few years. Recently Bob enjoyed classes at Finger Lakes Community College studying horticulture. Music was his calling in this world and he enjoyed the past 15 years writing and performing with his favorite guitars.

Bob devoted himself to his father, Roger. They shared time together at the Masonic lodge in Dresden where Bob recently served as the lodge master. They enjoyed dinners out and watching sports. A lifelong love for the New York Mets filled many days and evenings cheering their team. Traveling together was very special for Bob and his father.

Bob is survived by his father, Roger Wadsworth, sister Jennifer (Timothy) Smith, nieces Grace and Eva Smith, nephew Owen Smith, aunt Bonnie (Fred) Welch and several close cousins. Bob was a loved man who touched many people with his laughter, faith, and kind nature. His lifelong dream was to share his music with the world.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Wadsworth family.


  • Gail N. Wadsworth, Mother
  • Roger Wadsworth, Father
  • Jennifer Smith, Sister
  • Timothy Smith, Brother-in-law
  • Grace Smith, Niece
  • Owen Smith, Nephew
  • Eva Smith, Niece

  • Masonic Brotherhood Fund
  • Keuka Comfort Care Home


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Robert L. Wadsworth

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Pat Canny

April 15, 2018

I was very sorry to hear about Bob's passing. He was a very cool guy who knew so much about music. I hope he is in Heaven now and the angels need a good bass player. Rest in peace Bob. You will be missed.

Tami Joachim-Brzenk

April 12, 2018

Roger, Jennifer and family - my thoughts are with you at this time. Spending the summers with your family in Ithaca growing up are some of my fondest memories. Jennifer and Bobby were more like a brother and sister to us more than just family friends. Roger and Gail were more like second parents. I'm so fortunate to have been able to keep in touch with all of you. Bobby was always the life of the party and made everyone laugh. We will miss him dearly.

Stephen Carr

April 12, 2018

To Roger,Jennifer and Family,It's with a very heavy heart and extreme sadness to hear of Bob's passing,he was a dear friend and fellow musician of mine for several years,my condolences to you and I am so sorry I missed his calling hours because I'm sure I would have shared some enlightening stories with you folks,Bob highly respected my drum playing and wanted me in every project he ever put together and I felt the same about him as well,his love of music was huge and I will always cherish our time performing on stage together. Much Love... Steve.

Scott Parris

April 12, 2018

Met Bob in 1978, knew him until we moved in the Summer of 82. Played a lot of football in Furstoss front yard with him, David F, David K. Also heard him jam at Cricket's more than once :). I was the huge fellow Mets fan among too many Yankee fans. I am so very sorry for your families loss. I found Bob to be a low key, and a very relaxed individual as kids :) I wish him eternal peace, and Gods speed to your families healing.

Ellen Campbell

April 11, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Robert's passing. I didn't know Robert well at all. In fact I had just met him. I have a real estate listing in Dresden and Robert wanted to see it. His primary motivation was to be close to his dad who lives in the village. Unfortunately he didn't have a car and so we drove him from Penn Yan to Dresden to look at it. He shared a bit of his history and how he would use the home for his music. He also talked about teaching and suggested to my husband that he should join the Masons in Dresden (we live in town) I now know more about him from the obituary which is a shame because he was a multi-faceted and interesting person who would have been a great addition to our community. I would have liked to have gotten to know him better. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Joe Fornieri

April 11, 2018

Bob (Bob-0 or Grover as we also called him) was my roommate and bandmate at SUNY Geneseo from 1984-1986. I was struck by his soft singing voice, his ability to sing harmony, play bass and acoustic guitar. I was so fortunate to have a talented roommate like this! We would jam in the hallway of our dorm in Monroe Hall and in the solarium for hours. He was a natural musician and a creative, left-handed, right brained individual. I especially loved it when he played and sang Neil Young and the Grateful Dead. (My passion for the Grateful Dead can be attributed, in part, to Bob). I learned a lot musically from him. Our band Anarchy won the Geneseo talent show in the Spring of 1985. We were supported by Bob's fraternity the Phigs! ("I 'still' dig Phi-Sig!)" Bob's vocal rendition of Pink Floyd's "Run Like Hell" with Andy Yeats drumming was especially memorable . (After thirty five years of playing in different bands, I still have a musical crush on this rhythm section). The musical and social highlight of 1985 was the Orchard Street Block Party!! There must have been a thousand people there! It was like a Geneseo Woodstock! People were dancing on the roof of the Champion Factory Building. Bob sang "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2"--it was killer! Cathy Carfagna from Buffalo played a mean keyboard--she was amazing as well. The next year we formed a band called the Stand with Doug Mace. Bob's nickname was "Grover" for reasons I still don't understand--maybe the character on Sesame Street? I will never forget the many joyful and often silly moments we shared as friends, roommates and musicians in our teens and early twenties. Geneseo would not have been the same without him. My band plays this Saturday and I promise to dedicate a CCR song to you Bob-0. May you find rest in the arms of our Lord who knew your struggles. Amore my friend--"the first days are hardest days, don't you worry anymore..."

Robin Olivier (Walton)

April 10, 2018

I met Bob when I was in 7th grade. He was a funny and sweet boy who stole my heart immediately and held it for a over a decade. He made me feel accepted and special during those awkward teenage years. He became part of my close friend group in high school, and we stayed in touch throughout college and beyond, both living in Richmond, VA for a period of time. When I reminisce about those coming of age years, I will always think of my friend Bob. Few people in my life have impacted me in such a significant way. My heart breaks at the loss of his beautiful soul, but rejoices in the knowledge that I was lucky enough to know him. Sending prayers for strength and healing to his family and many friends.

David Knott

April 10, 2018

I met Bob when we were just 7 and 8 years old and he asked if we could be best friends the day we were moving to the neighborhood. We would play Army, basketball, and skateboard together, safe to say we were best friends very quickly. As the teen years came Bob started a band with me and a few other guys and we played in my basement what seemed like every day. He took bass lessons from my older brother when he was first getting started and then took off on his own. He always had visions of playing big venues even in our teens. Bob was always performing and thrived on any stage. We have stayed in touch since the advent of Facebook and have shared many long discussions about music, life, love, struggles, and successes over the last few years. He was a kind soul and will be missed emensly.

Amy Hutchinson Cook

April 10, 2018

Dear Mr. Wadsworth, Jennifer and Family,

I am so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I was privileged to be one of Bob's many friends during high school. Bob was a unique and wonderful person who attracted people to him with his open and friendly personality. Athletes, smart kids, band geeks, popular kids and misfits all felt special around Bob, because he treated everyone as a friend. I'm sure he continued to be as genuine and loving to others throughout his life. I have been praying for your family and hope that you can find peace during this difficult time.

With Sympathy,

Amy Hutchinson Cook