Robert Howard Ghostlaw


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Robert Howard Ghostlaw age 88 of Lima, NY passed away on Monday, December 16, 2019 surrounded by family. Robert was born on August 13, 1931 in Bombay, NY and graduated from Bombay High School.Bob moved to Rochester, NY to be with the love of his life Dorothy Yops to pursue a career at Graflex Inc. where he worked for 35 years and then took a position at Rochester City School District as lead painter. He married his high school sweetheart on February 27, 1954, this year would have been 66 years of marriage. In his free time Robert enjoyed outdoor activities, working in his garage, always helping family with home projects, and spending time at our family camp. But most importantly he cherished time spent with family. He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy, sons and daughters in law Scott & Lynn Ghostlaw of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, James Ghostlaw and Shelly Smith of Mendon, NY, Donna & Steve Scutella of Rochester, NY. Grandchildren Lindsay & Darrick Groet of West Bloomfield, NY, Robert William & Lauren Ghostlaw of Honeoye Falls, NY, Julie Ghostlaw of Nairobi, Kenya, and Jamie & Geoff Anselm of Rochester, NY. Great grandchildren Ethan & William Groet, Bailey Anselm, and in May Bobby & Lauren will have a baby to join our family. Several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Fred & Ester McDonald Ghostlaw, sisters Marguerite (Bernard) Durant, Phyllis (Joseph) Gratton, Brothers Wayne (Georgia) Ghostlaw, Bruce (Rita) Ghostlaw. Private services will be held for Robert. Please keep Robert’s family in your prayers during this difficult time. For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Robert Ghostlaw, please visit our Tribute Store.


  1. Barbara Hillyard on December 21, 2019 at 1:11 am

    I am so very sorry for the family’s loss. Robert was such a wonderful, friendly and very humorous friend of our family for years and I will miss him greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dorothy, I wish I could be there with you.

    Love, Barb

  2. Danise Gratton on December 21, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Aunt Dorothy and family please know you are in thoughts and prayers. Love Howard, Danise and Dani

  3. Barry on May 31, 2022 at 10:07 am

    I remeber my brother in law Jim sdad nice man I miss him god bless.

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