Obituary of Robert C. Preston, Sr.
Robert C. Preston, Sr.
Robert C. "Bob" Preston, Sr. 81, of Lake Placid, NY passed peacefully at home following a long illness surrounded by his family on Wednesday April 10, 2019.
Bob is survived by his wife Evelyn June (Jacques) Preston, son Andrew (wife Dorothy), daughter Stacey (husband Ray Tempestilli), daughter Kerri, son Bradley (wife Sheila), daughter- in-law Tricia (partner Keith Clark), five grandchildren, Chelsea, Connor, Rylee, Alexander, and Grace and many nieces and nephews. His brothers G. Duane (Red), and Bernard "Bernie" (wife Marie), sister Dorothy (husband Hyler). He is predeceased by his parents Oren G. and Mildred (Ferris) Preston, sister Leona, brothers Oren F., Raymond (Ray), and Paul Preston and name sake Robert C. (Bobby) Preston, JR.
Bob, a life-long resident of Lake Placid, graduated from Lake Placid Central School in 1955. He was an avid sportsman enjoying outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and camping. In high school Bob played football, baseball, and hockey. Following high school he was a member of the elite Roamers hockey club, and the Arena Grill Softball team. In 1957 Bob began coaching with the Lake Placid Pee Wee Hockey Association volunteering until 1984 having coached his 3 son's and many local youth. His crowning achievement was coaching, with his brother Bernie, 2 teams to New York State Championships and the National Tournaments in 1973, and '75. In 2017 the LPYAA dedicated the International Tournament to his many years of volunteer service to youth hockey.
Off the ice Bob could be seen walking his daily mail route up and down the Main Street entertaining the local business owners with his quick-whit and a joke at the ready. His many talents included being a master finish carpenter and wood carver, fly tying and fishing, and completing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. He was an avid fan of the NY Yankees, Giants and Rangers.
Calling hours will be held at M.B. Clark, Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid, NY, Monday April 15, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM with a Masonic Prayer Service to follow. There will be a private burial at North Elba Cemetery.
I lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to High Peaks Hospice and/or the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service. Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory or leave a condolence at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com .To send flowers to the family of Robert Preston, Sr., please visit Tribute Store