Robert Bishop

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Created on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 09:18
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Robert “Bob” Bishop, 89, died April 6, 2012, at Sitka Community Hospital Long Term Care. He passed away peacefully after a long illness.
He was born Sept. 9, 1922, in Herkimer, N.Y., to Nelson and Elizabeth Bishop. He loved the outdoors and spent his after-school hours hunting and fishing in upstate New York with this trusty dog, Tippy.
He graduated from Sienna College in Loudonville, NY.
A World War II veteran, he served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater, in 1943 and 1944.  After discharge, he began work as an adjuster with the Travelers Insurance Company.
On Sept. 20, 1952, he married Betty Infusino. The two settled in Utica, N.Y., where they raised their family.  The Travelers Company transferred him first to Bangor and then to Portland, Maine. The family loved Maine.  They shared a passion for the outdoors and loved camping in the summers, setting up an old army tent on the shores of the St. Lawrence River.
After the children grew up and moved out, Bob enjoyed an early retirement.  He and Betty became “snowbirds,” enjoying a small cabin on Moose Pond, Maine, in the summer and a mobile home in Dunedin, Fla., in the winter. They loved golfing, reading, and puttering around their homes.
After Betty died in 2000, Bob moved to Seattle, to be near his son, Peter. As his health failed, he moved to Sitka in 2008 into the Sitka Community Hospital Long Term Care Unit to be near his daughter, Penny.  
He is survived by his sister, Ann Serth of Hartford, N.Y.; his children, Peter J. (and Rosa) Bishop of Auburn Wash., Ann Bishop-Kodis (and Herb) of North Yarmouth, Maine, Robert (and Mo) Bishop of Tucson Ariz., and Penny (and Don) Lehmann of Sitka.
He was very proud of his five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and four grand dogs whose pictures adorned the walls of his room.   
Bob will be remembered for his dry sense of humor, the smile on his face when talking about his family, and the love of a scotch before dinner. “Stay out of the hot sun.”
Honoring his request, a memorial service will be conducted this fall on Moose Pond in Bridgeton, Maine.