Robert C. Bender, 63, formerly of Clayton

CLAYTON, NY — Robert C. Bender, 63, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at The Grand in Rome, N.Y., where he resided since October 2017.

There will be no calling hours or service.

A Celebration of Life will be held this spring at the family’s convenience.

Born April 18, 1955, the son of Charles and Audrey Danough Bender, he attended local schools and was a lifetime resident of Clayton.

He was owner and operator of Riverside Construction for over 35 years, mainly working in Thousand Islands Park on Wellesley Island.

On April 25, 1980, he married the former Kandy Tibbles Sharp at the Clayton United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Nay officiating.

Bob and his wife loved boating on the river, and going on vacations, especially cruises. He enjoyed building things, including his own home.

He was noted for winning the Shaltain Award for work he did on a Queen Ann styled porch he did at T.I. Park.

Surviving besides his wife Kandy, is one son Jesse (April) of Hammond; one daughter, Ashley (Steve) Pierson of North Carolina; his mother, Audrey, of Watertown; three grandchildren, Jesse and Nathan of Hammond, and Skyler of Clayton; three sisters, Janet Ferguson of Clayton, Holly (Dee) Coburn of Washington, and Becky (Craig) Dodge of Watertown; two brothers, Ray of Clayton, and Dennis (Carol) of Washington; nieces and nephews.

His father, Charles, and a sister, Julie, died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, N.Y. 13624.

Arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

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