Robert H. Vannier
December 12, 1919 - February 17, 2012
Robert H.Vannier, 92, of Ticonderoga, passed away unexpectedly on February 17, 2012.
Bob was born at home in Hudson Falls on December 12, 1919, the son of Howard and Helene (Sellingham) Vannier. He graduated from Hudson Falls High School in 1937. On June 21, 1941, he married Lorraine Brazier in St. Paul's Church, Hudson Falls and they enjoyed 70 years of marriage.
Bob worked at the Curtis Wright Aircraft Manufacturing Co. in Buffalo, NY from 1941 through 1945. After World War II he returned to his father's farm the former Wyman Farm in Fort Ann, NY. Shortly thereafter he was hired by New York Telephone Co where he worked for 32 years throughout upstate New York as a lineman, a residential installer, a wire chief, and retired as the inside plant manager in Ticonderoga.
Bob was a great sportsman. He was very proud of being a part of the 1984 summer Olympics as a driver for the torch relay. When Gore Mountain first opened in 1964, Bob was one of the very first ski patrolmen and served as such for 29 years until he became an instructor in 1989 at the age of 70.
At the age of 85 he was recognized as the oldest certified active ski instructor on the East Coast. He had a great time participating in the annual 70+ club ski races at Gore and most recently winning a gold medal in the 90+ age group. Many years ago while operating his own ski shop (Bob's Skee Way) he was instrumental in starting the Ticonderoga School Ski Bus.
Bob also loved to sail. He sailed as a captain for the Debut Sailing Charters on Lake George from 1988 through 1994. He often talked about sailing trips with friends around Block Island and up the St. Lawrence River and into Lake Champlain. He loved sailing on Lake Champlain where he looked forward to competing in the annual Westport Regatta with two of his grandsons serving as his crew.
Bob was active with many affiliations including, the Telephone Pioneers of America, Knights of Columbus 4th degree, Vermont Society of Mayflower Descendants, National Rifle Association, New York State Rifle association, Tri-County Rifle Team Association, Ticonderoga Rifle & Pistol Club and the Fort Ticonderoga Muzzle Loaders Association accumulating many trophies and medals over the years. In 2005, he joined the U S Coast Guard Auxiliary and was presently serving as Flotilla Staff Officer for Public Affairs and for Marine Safety. He has been awarded the Auxiliary Member Service Award, the Coast Guard Unit Commendation and the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation. His other affiliations included serving on various boards including: Ticonderoga Historical Association, Moses Ludington Nursing Home and the Lord Howe Estates. He also served as a member of the Paris Hose Company of Hudson Falls, the South Glens Falls Fire Company, and was a part-time columnist for the Times of Ti.
Bob is survived by his wife, Lorraine and four daughters; Nancy and her husband William Novotny of Gansevoort, Norma and her husband Anthony Cafaro of Queensbury, Barbara and her husband Elwaine Guilder of Argyle, and Brenda and her husband Daniel Drowne of Plattsburgh; nine grandchildren, Ann Hodenius, Kevin Prouty, Maria Iacobbo, Anthony Cafaro, Kimberly Walentin, Caryn Yost, Jessica Swett, Jeremy Drowne and Matthew Drowne; and sixteen great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Vincent Brazier and his wife Agnes of PA; and two sisters-in-law, Lois Cox and her husband, Austin of Rhinebeck, and Sharron Traver and her husband, Hamilton of PA.
He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Bernard H. Vannier in 1951 and a great grand-daughter, Amanda Rose Cafaro in 1998.
Calling hours took place from 4 to 7pm on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home, 11 Algonkin St., Ticonderoga.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at 11 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 22 Father Jogues Place, Ticonderoga. The Rev. Kevin D. McEwan, Pastor, officiated.
Burial followed in the family plot at St. Paul's Cemetery, Hudson Falls, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to Amanda's House, 22 Henry Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801; Knights of Columbus, Council No. 333, Montcalm St., Ticonderoga, NY 12883 or a charity of your choice in Bob's memory.