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January 30, 2024
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In loving memory of Robert Marcotte, we celebrate the life of a remarkable man who passed away on Tuesday, January 30, leaving behind a legacy of unwavering loyalty, love, and hard work. He is predeceased by his son, Peter Marcotte, his father and mother, Isadore and Virginia Marcotte. He is survived by his loving wife, Estefania Marcotte and daughters, Andrea (Tom Armstrong) and Maria Marcotte, and grandson, Peter McAllister, his sister, Patricia Winterstein, Arizona, and brother, Joseph Marcotte, New Mexico, and several nieces and nephews. A devoted family man, Bob was the cornerstone of his family. His love knew no bounds and his commitment to his family was unparalleled. Whether sharing laughter, support through life’s lessons, or simply enjoying quiet moments together, he made every day special for those fortunate enough to be part of his circle. A tireless worker, he approached life with a strong work ethic that inspired all who knew him. He carried that same determination into every aspect of his life, ensuring that his family and loved ones always felt secure. It was Bob's spirit that truly set him apart. Anyone that knew him, knew of his generosity, fierce loyalty, integrity, humor, stubbornness, mischievousness, and loving nature. Ever ready to lend a hand, he selflessly assisted others without expecting anything in return. His kindness and compassion touched countless lives, making him a beacon of support to so many. Never afraid to offer a hand, we enjoy stories of when he helped others. One story we heard was of an old acquaintance that needed help changing a tire during a snowstorm. It was typical that he would go help anyone in the worst of storms and at the most inopportune moments. His multiple skills provided neverending opportunities to be of service to others. We all hear the story of how the mechanic’s car is always the last to be fixed. He would close his garage and invariably have someone knock asking, “Bob, my car is broken down, can you help”? His response - “Let’s go”. He was a blue collar man with a heart of gold that we never recall saying no to anyone. He believed in earning what you had - including respect. With a penchant for animals - even stinky mean dogs, as well as for any other misfit - four legged or two legged that just needed a safe haven or a helping hand up was certainly in his wheelhouse. He provided countless meals shared at his table with a side of love and care. He was a notable sweet-tooth having even been dubbed “Jelly-Hound” by his beloved Mother, Virginia. Through his working years, his lunches were lovingly packed with sandwiches and other treats to get him through the long hours he would work. It was 30+ years of two sandwiches per day - always one of them was a PBJ or a cream-cheese and jelly sandwich. Even toward the end when he had no appetite in the nursing home, the sweet attendees could entice him to eat a PBJ. This is the time to lighten this up and offer a story of how mischievous he could be. We can recall stories about him having grown up in the south side of Binghamton and along the Susquehanna River. There were all kinds of adventures but swimming in the river was a daily event during the summer; making him a strong swimmer. Jumping off the bridge was strictly prohibited but he figured, “ya gotta catch me first”. There are no words to express our appreciation for the care that was given to Bob during his time at Ideal Nursing Home. To know that his needs were attended with tenderness provides a sense of peace. As we mourn the loss of Bob/Dad, let us also celebrate the enduring impact he had on our lives. His memory will live on in the hearts of those he touched, and his legacy of love, loyalty, and hard work will continue to inspire us. May he Rest in Peace, surrounded by the eternal love and gratitude of those who were privileged to know him. Special thanks to Lourdes Urology, Lourdes Palliative Care and Lourdes Primary Care, “Dr. Dan”, Lourdes at Home, the team at Ideal Nursing Home and to special friends -Bob, Kathy, and Brad. *** At Bob’s request, there would be no funeral services nor donations. We ask that you please spend time with your loved ones building memories and sharing. Condolences may be sent to his family at www.rootfh.com.