November 11, 1942 ~ May 8, 2020

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Hilton, NY




Hilton, NY:  passed peacefully on May 8, 2020.  Beloved husband of Mary (Shepard) Sparklin; dearest father of Patricia (Richard) Boundy, Stephen (Susan) Sparklin and Laura (Michael) Laber; loving grandfather of Brian, Michael, Jonathan, Breanna, Holly, Matthew, Michael, Emily and Ryan; devoted son of the late Rodger P.  Sparklin and Helen M. (Kadar) Sparklin; brother of Donna (late David) Pecora. Robert worked at General Motors for 37 years until his retirement in 1998.  He was also a member of the Greece Volunteer Ambulance Service for over 20 years.


Robert’s Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s memory can be made to Friends of Strong Memorial Hospital at  For more information or to sign Robert’s online guestbook, please visit

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  1. Mary, Steve, Patty and Laura (Families)
    Patty and I send you are special thoughts and Prayers. Bob was a special person in my early days growing up and spending a lot of time each week with the extended family up in the 19th ward.
    Bob, Mary and Donna would always keep their eyes on the younger cousins, I will always remember the fun times we had, so many memories.
    Love you all
    Bill and Patty Kadar

  2. To Mary and Family

    So sorry for your loss.
    My wife Jeanne and I have you in our thoughts and prayers
    When I began my career with GM ( Rochester Products back in 1966 ) I was assigned to Product Engineering Drafting Group. Bob was my mentor and trainer. Right from the start Bob became a good trainer and friend. His mentoring helped me greatly.
    And….how can we forget Mary. That same year a friend we made in Rochester asked
    our 3 year old daughter to be flower girl at her wedding. We could not find a dress small enough for her. I shared this with Bob. The next day he said his wife Mary wanted to make her a dress. WOW ! The dress was absolutely beautiful. I ask all how many brand new friends would offer this. We feel this tells all about the Sparklins.
    Honestly Mary we never ever forgot this gesture.
    You are forever in out thoughts and prayers.
    Marty and Jeanne Colucci

  3. Mary, and all of Bob’s family, I send my deepest condolences. I spent my Friday nights from from 1982 until Bob left, with him, and of course Dick Johnston, at Greece Volunteer Ambulance. Those nights were the highlight of my week. It was a feeling of purpose and a sense of family. Through those night we ate, grieved and sometimes laughed together. Some how we all managed to become victims of practical jokes by the others. It wasn’t the same after Bob left but I continued until 2000. I offer my prayers and support to you as you navigate your way through this difficult time.

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