The Obit For Bob Box

Robert S. Box Sr.

Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/3/2009

BOX, Robert S. Sr. Age 92, formerly of 175 Dodge Ave., Corning, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center in Bath.

Robert was born in Corning on September 21, 1916, the son of the late Albert and Lena (Wilcox) Box. He married Louise Champlain on January 16, 1960 in Town Of Corning. She survives him. Robert was a graduate of Corning Free Academy and spent his entire life in the Corning area. He retired with the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier in Corning with over 30 years of service.

A high school basketball referee, Bob had traveled for many years all across New York State during the 50's and 60's. He was instrumental in organizing the Steuben County basketball referees association.

He played semi-pro baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers farm team of Elmira and was inducted into the Corning-Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame where he later served as President.

Bob was a private pilot and was a member of the Curtis Memorial Flyers OX 5. He loved camping, fishing, and bowled in several leagues.

He is survived by his wife, Louise; three daughters, Michele L. Murphy of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Bobbie Box of North Conway, NH, and Leslie O'Connor of Lake Worth, FL; one son, Robert Samuel (Laura) Box Jr. of Lakeland, FL; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; brother, Fred Box of Elmira.

Bob was predeceased by a grandson, Christopher; and brothers, Don and Al.

Friends may call Monday, May 4th, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY.

A memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m.