Robert H. Barstow Sr.

November 29, 1919February 17, 2013

Mr. Robert H. Barstow Sr., age 93 of Potsdam, NY passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Mercy Health Care Center in Tupper Lake, NY. There will be a burial at a time and date yet to be determined at the Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam, NY. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley or to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be sent Mr. Barstow is survived by his wife of 70 years Helen Barstow; his son Robert H. (Denise) Barstow of Cranberry Lake, NY; 4 grandchildren Rachelle (Bill) Biebel, Amanda (Brad) Reif, William (Christine) Barstow and Rebecca (Thomas) Barnes; and 5 great grandchildren. Robert H. Barstow Sr. was born November 29, 1919 in Massena NY to the late Carle R. and Jane M. Merrihew Barstow. He was a 1938 graduate of Massena Central High School and Albany Business College. He was married to Helen F. Powers on September 20, 1942 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Massena, NY. He then entered the United States Army. He served in the 812th Tank Destroyer Battalion during WWII from 1942-1946. He served in England, France, Germany and Belgium. After returning home from the service he went into business with his brother Roy Barstow in Potsdam. They began selling Dodge vehicles and International Tractors and farm equipment. They eventually ended up switching to Ford then General Motors vehicles. Robert retired in 1987, but continued to remain active with the business by delivering registration to the DMV in Massena until 2008. Robert was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam; he was a lifetime member of the American Legion in Massena and he was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge in Potsdam.


  • Burial Saturday, May 18, 2013

Robert H. Barstow Sr.

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Karen Doud

March 16, 2013

Dear Bobby and Helen,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Bob. I have so many fond memories of Bob and Helen from the May Road. My parents, Herb and Loretta Crump, had a lot of fun with Bob. He was very kind to me.

Karen Crump Doud

Joel Howard

February 22, 2013

Bob I was saddened to read of your father's death. Reading that brought back many fond memories of long ago at Stillwater. I am very sorry for your loss. Joel Howard III

February 20, 2013

We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Bob Barstow. I was very fortunate to have known Bob and Helen. We know that there is little comfort in words at a time like this but we want you to know that we are thinking of you.
Love to you Helen and all your family.
Sandy & Chuck Davis

February 19, 2013

" To the family . We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Our prayers are with you. We have many good memories of Bob and will always remember, especially, what he did for us in times of need."
Russell and Rosanne Barstow

Richard Todd

February 19, 2013

My condolences to Bob's family. I have many good memories of Bob while I worked at Barstow Motors. He was always in a good mood and always had a story to tell. He will be missed.

Nancy Garrand

February 19, 2013

Aunt Helen, Bobby, Denise and all -- so sorry to hear that Uncle Bob is gone -- he always, always had a smile. He was a treasure of a man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Alan and Nancy Garrand

February 19, 2013

I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am to learn of your loss. You are in my thoughts at this difficult time.

Mike Perry, Parishville

Maureen Hoxie

February 19, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Barstow's passing. I was the DMV supervisor in Massena and retired in 2009. We all looked forward to seeing him in the office. He was a great person and always had a smile for us. We were all lucky to have known him. My sincere sympathy to your family.

Dave Patterson

February 18, 2013

Bob and Denise, Not many of those brave men who were fortunate to
survive WWII are still with is. His long life is a tribute to his character and
resolve. He and those who served with him are a credit to the North Country
and their story needs to be told and recorded for future generations.

My best to you two.

Dave Pattertson