PENN YAN - Robert John Wilder, age 49, of 540 Liberty Street, Penn Yan, N.Y. died suddenly in Branchport, N.Y. on (January 9, 2013).
Calling hours at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan will be from 12 Noon to 2 p.m., Sunday (January 13) followed by a short service with Father Phil Casey officiating.
The family will provide flowers and suggest that contributions be made to the Lake Keuka Sailing Foundation to support the Keuka Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program, c/o John Brown, 455 West Third St. Corning, NY 14830.
Bob graduated from East High School in Corning in 1981 where he was on the winning Chem Bowl during his Senior Year. He continued high school friendships by taking part in reunions, and assisting in the Chem Bowl competitions. He attended Corning Community College, Alfred University and Marist College.
Keuka Yacht Club was one of Bob's favorite places where he sailed his sunfish and encouraged others to sail. He served on the Race Committee for many years both at Keuka, and also at other Yacht Clubs. His love of computers and in particular his regatta scoring programs were unique. Also, you could always attempt "Othello" with Bob. Each year he arranged Othello tournaments, where he didn't compete, but enjoyed watching others play.
Surviving are his parents, Arthur and Kay Wilder of Hammondsport, N.Y.; two sisters, Sheryl Campbell (Bill) of San Diego, Mary Corwin (Brett) of Cape Coral, Florida; and a brother, Steve Bender (Mary Beth) of Big Flats; and six nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Uncle John Wilder of Branchport and several cousins, and by his many friends at Hunt Country Vineyard, his place of employment.
He was pre-deceased by his mother, Barbara Snyder Wilder in 1971.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com