Mr. Robert Alan Worden

March 18, 1932April 11, 2018

Robert “Bob” Worden, of Canandaigua, NY, passed away peacefully with family on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Bob was born March 18, 1932 in Willimantic, CT to Helen and Theodore Worden, where he spent most of his young life. Bob was a Sergeant in the United States Air Force where he was an Electronic Counter Measures Operator. While in the Air Force, Bob met and married Jean Seper in St. Petersburg, FL and they spent the next 64 years together raising and enjoying their family and traveling. After being discharged from the service, he attended the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, and obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He pursued his post-graduate studies at Syracuse University, where he received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, specializing with in electromagnetics.

Bob’s professional employment began with General Electric in Ithaca, NY followed by several years at Syracuse University Research Corporation, and finally he was instrumental in the start-up and scaling of Anaren, Inc. in Syracuse, NY; after which he retired. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed building and flying model airplanes, sailing, woodworking, reading, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Bob is survived by his five children, Kathy Baumbach and her husband Dan of Candler, NC; Karen Liebman and her husband Larry of Danbury, CT; Gale McArdle and her husband Terry of Canandaigua, NY; Deanna Worden of Austin, TX; Michael Worden and his wife Kelley of Austin, TX; thirteen grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Theodore, and sisters Patty Obsharshky and Shirley Worden.

A celebration of life service will be held on June 16th, 2018 at the Canandaigua Lake Inn, Canandaigua, NY from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Those wishing to share a memory about Bob, you may do so at In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Cobblestone Arts Center at (please enter “In Memory of Bob Worden” in the Reason for Donation section).


  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, June 16, 2018

Mr. Robert Alan Worden

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John Barrows

April 24, 2018

I met Bob, and Jean, at a very influential time in my life. Bob was more than a mentor, he was a true friend. From joint projects, to fishing trips, to just sitting around sipping some "Jack", his humor and wisdom are greatly appreciated to this day. He will be missed. My condolences go out to the entire family.

Michael P Busse

April 19, 2018

My most sincere condolences to Jean and the entire family. Bob was one of the first people, I met, when I joined Anaren (19th employee). Bob was very outgoing and gregarious always with a bit of a sly smile on his face. He had an amazingly quick wit, that could also be sharp, if you did something he was not happy with. During my 13 years at Anaren, I never worked for Bob but interfaced with him on many occasions as my career progressed. At one time, in my Anaren career, Bob offered me a position in Sales and Marketing. While I was flattered, I quickly dismissed it and told him 'no thank you'. Bob came back with - you are a 'natural' and would do very well in this field, you are making a big mistake. I told Bob, that I thought I would do far better in a technical role. As it turned out, Bob had insight and vision that it took me years to realize. I credit Bob with my future career and successes. I also considered Bob to be a friend as well as a mentor spending many days hunting and fishing with him and getting to know a great man. I left Anaren to become the General Manager of a RF/MW company in New Jersey. From their, I left, to enter into a Sales and Marketing position as the Vice President of a Syracuse company called Microwave Systems, which, I ended up buying in a leveraged buy out becoming the President and CEO. For the remainder of my career in several other increasing larger companies, as the President and CEO, I still spent the majority of my time in a Sales and Marketing role growing, leveraging and ultimately selling the companies and moving on. The last position, before I retired, was as the President of a Dover owned company in Cazenovia for 13 years, returning to the place where Bob and Jean used to live. Just last weekend, while having breakfast with my wife at Dave's diner in Cazenovia I spoke of Bob and wondered about my most significant mentor. May he rest in peace.

Gale McArdle

April 18, 2018

Beautiful Dad & Mom ....

Daniel Baumbach

April 17, 2018

I met my girlfriends Dad in 1971 and quickly realized the respect I felt for the man....
Robert.... Bob Worden was a serious guy who always enjoyed having a roaring great time with his family and friends.
Just the memory of Bob grabbing a pencil and paper to explain and illustrate his next project will sustaine me with a smile! Let alone the bank of memories that drift through all the time I’ve known him......
My best to Jean and all who had the pleasure of some time with Bob!!