Robert J. Otis

Robert J. Otis, age 98, of Ogdensburg, passed away on Saturday night, August 31, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Home surrounded by his family, friends, and the staff of St. Joseph’s Home.  There will be no services as per his request.

Robert is survived by his children, Constance, Mary, Maureen, Robert Jr., Kay, and John; his sister, Joyce Love, of Ogdensburg; fourteen grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.  He is predeceased by a brother, Harry Otis, in infancy; two daughters, Nancy and Laurie; and a sister, Joanie Gray.

Robert was born on March 12, 1921, in Syracuse, NY, the son of Harry and Blanche Graham Otis.  He attended local schools in Syracuse and Ogdensburg.  He married the former Barbara Boyer on July, 10, 1945, at St. Mary’s Rectory with Father Francis Ryan officiating.  She predeceased him on May 7, 2019.  He owned and operated Seaway Distributors for 30 years until selling the business to his son, Robert Jr. He continued to work for his son for another 20 years at the business.

He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and beings in the woods.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the St. Joseph’s Foundation, 950 Linden St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669 or the St. Lawrence SPCA, 6718 NY-68, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.

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