Robert L Christy

Robert (Grandpa Bob) Christy, 83, of Rome NY, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2021, at St Luke’s Hospital, with his two daughters by his side. 

Bob was born October 11, 1938, in Amsterdam NY, the son of Robert and Helen Christy.  He graduated from Wilbur Lynch High School in Amsterdam NY.  He entered the United States Air Force as a Radio Equipment Repairman.  In military service to his country, he spent tours in France, Germany, Turkey and England, with brief times in Maine, California and finally retiring as an Electronic Computer System Technician from active service in Rome NY.  Not done with serving his country he continued as a Federal Civil Service Employee traveling the world doing electronic installations.  Upon his retirement from Federal Service, Bob continued his affinity for electronics by servicing and repairing time and temperature display signs outside of banks all over New York State.  He also worked for Orion Bus company rewiring buses.

Tinkering was so much in Bob’s nature that he built a time and temperature display sign outside his home in Lee Center.  He was continually building and modifying things to adapt to his tall frame.  He spent many years participating and running Dart Leagues.  He enjoyed following politics, frequently engaging anyone in discussion he could. Our greatest amusement was his fascination with recording TV shows up to 6 at time on his numerous VHS Recorders, so he could watch them later.

Bob’s family would like to express their gratitude to the Presbyterian Residential Community staff for their compassion and kindness during his time there. He felt secure and safe under their care.

Bob is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Shari (Jay) Christy Fish, Rome, and Michele (Jason) Christy Reid, Rome; two brothers, Donald and Nancy Christy, Camarillo CA and David Christy, Valparaiso IN; six grandchildren, Ryan, Maegan, Julian, Damian (Casey), Gavin, and Jason; two great grandchildren, Charlotte and Sarah; nieces and nephews, Scott, Mark, Lisa and Eric.

As per Bob’s wishes, he will be cremated and interned in the Military Section of Rome Cemetery in Rome NY. 

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.