Greece: Thursday, March 28, 2013, Bob joined his devoted wife, Marion, by whom he was predeceased. He was a news professional in Rochester radio for decades, lending his voice to such stations as WBBF, WHAM and WVOR. He served as president of the Rochester chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) union in the late 1960's. Bob also served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Despite his quiet personal nature, when he did speak, it was to share something inevitably interesting, funny or both. He was a wealth of knowledge on a seemingly endless variety of topics and subjects. Bob is predeceased by his parents, Ethel and Julius Bohrer; his son James, sister Ethel (David) Brazil and brothers William, Edwin and Richard. He is survived by his loving children, Katherine (Les) Hanrahan-Drews, Robert, Jr. and Caroline; brother Eugene (Cora), sisters-in-law Betty Bohrer, Geraldine Allen and Norma Sarvey; grandchildren, Jesica, Megan, Robert, Lauren, Katherine, Robert, Corey and Maura and great-grandchildren, Kaylan, Dilan, Orion, Drew, Shaye, Casey and Evelyn as well as several nieces and nephews. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at Garland Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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  1. THE most wonderful soul, freind, father, grandfather, husband and great grandfather. Bob, you had such a way with everyone around you which made us not only feel welcome but accepted unconditionally. Those blue eyes will be forever a solace to many. By the way….yes I took your piels beer and they tasted great!

  2. We are glad to have known Great Grandpa Bob. He was a gentle, sweet, nice man. We enjoyed his visit to our home when he was able to come to one of our 4th of July parties. We will miss him. Love, Doug & Judy

  3. Dad, I miss our lunches, my lessons, your blue eyes and smile. Kiss Mom and Jamie for me. I love you all……Forever, Kathy

  4. I had the privilege of getting to know Robert Bohrer over the last 17 years of his life. He was my father in law and my friend and I came to love and respect him as I do my own father. I am honored that he allowed me to call him dad, and I will miss him always.

  5. Grandpa & Great-Grandpa – We love you very much and miss you. We have made many memories with you and our family and I know Bob has so many more from his childhood. A few favorites: dropping in on you playing your records in the basement and enjoying a Piels beverage, that fluffy snack Casey made you:), hearing about your radio days, the 12 days of Christmas, fall leaf raking, sneaking you some treats & McDonald Gift Cards, seeing your love for Marion, your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and friends. We are blessed to have had you in our lives.

  6. Grandpa was a gentleman of class. A very respected man. I don’t think I have ever seen him yelling or angry. I will forever miss him, but I know that he is now with Grandma and Uncle Jamie, where they are all happy together again.
    Love Rob

  7. I see so much of Grandpa alive in our family today. That radiant joy just below the surface that sparkled in his eyes, his humor, his gentleness, and his loving kindness..these qualities live on in all of us! I’ll never forget our Christmas gatherings. As a child, listening to him read ‘The Night Before Christmas’ in his warm baritone radio voice, or the countless times he missed his cue during ‘The Twelve Days…’ He will be missed greatly, but it makes me happy to think of him and Grandma together, with Jamie. Their love continues to surround us and makes us strong as we continue to honor their legacy with our lives, our family, and our love!

  8. On behalf of the Rochester SAG/AFTRA community please accept our sympathy to

    Bob’s family. I served as an Officer with him for years and always had the utmost

    respect for him. He loved his life and his family and I know you will miss him.

    If there is an organzation to which the Union could donate in his memory, please contact


    Thank you,

    June Baller, Pres, Rochester AFTRA

  9. I’ll remember your voice forever grandpa…your humor was one of a kind. You are an amazing person. Keep grandma and Uncle Jamie entertained for us. Love ya

  10. Grandpa was a modest king. He never let on about his influence, but those of us who lived and loved in his presence will remember him well.
    I have an infinite affection for old-timey radio, and the simple things in life, because of him and his beautiful bride.

    Look at the lineage you created, Grandpa Bozo. See you when the time comes. I’ll meet you at the gates with a scratch-off and a cigarette. Thank you for always calling me beautiful.

  11. Grandpa was Grandpa.
    His sotto voce self.
    His admirable character, so long gardened by grandma’s aesthetic style
    Forever I’ll remember 🙂

    Love & turtle doves!

  12. I just now saw this, and am saddened. I knew Bob, first of all because his brother was married to my Aunt Betty. And I was fortunate enough to learn from him in the 60s when he worked at WBBF – and was even more fortunate to get to work with him twice. As someone who delivered hard news on the radio for nearly 40 years, the man we knew off the air was a kind, funny guy. I’ll never forget the contribution he made to my life and career. Rest in peace, Bob. You were one of my favorite radio people.

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