ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Robert L. Fadden, 88, departed this life on Saturday, Sept. 18,2010 to join his loving wife who passed away on March 11. Robert passed away peacefully in his St. Petersburg, Fla. home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on May 10, 1922 in Lake Placid to Warren D. and Hellen Taylor Fadden. Rober was a graduate of Lake Placid High School class of 1939 where he met his wife of 66 years. He married Dorris White on July 2, 1943 while he was on leave from the U.S. Army. After their marriage in Lake Placid, Robert left for Europe where he honorably served his country in England, France and Germany as a Staff Sergeant Technician 3rd Grade in the office of the Chief Quarter Master under General Eisenhower’s Headquarter Detachment for the European theater of Operations during World War II.
He received the following decorations: Bronze Star Medal, World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Germany) and Good Conduct Medal. Robert was honorably discharged in 1946 when the couple honeymooned in St. Petersburg then moved to Syracuse where Robert continued his education and graduated from Central City Business Institute. He was a bookkeeper/accountant for Greyhound then Bonny Distributing Company where he enjoyed a 37 year career then retired in 1988. The couple moved back to Lake Placid and spent winters as snowbirds in St. Petersburg until 1995 when they became permanent Florida residents.
Robert was a caring and devoted father and husband; a true family man. He was proud and dedicated lifesaving blood donor and donated over 23 gallons of whole blood in his lifetime. He was a proud veteran and American born citizen and was one of “the Greatest Generation,” never complained and had a positive attitude. He loved nature, especially birds and flowers and enjoyed writing. Robert touched many lives from his kind heart and generosity.
He is survived by one daughter, Peggy D. Fadden (Bill Brantley), of St. Peterburg, Fla.; a son Larry R. Fadden (Renee) of Selah, Wash.; brother: Richard Fadden (Kay); two sisters: Betty Hunkins and Barbara Clark (Reg), all of Lake Placid; three grandchildren: Michael Fadden, Jacob Fadden and Amanda Watson (Andrew); one great-grandchild Sophia Watson, all of Selah, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. Two sisters-in-law: Frances Gyuraki and Charlotte Reis, both of Spring Hill, Fla.; three brothers-in-law: Harold White of Brewerton, Rober White (Mary Jane) of Moira, and Carlton White of Derry, N.H.
He was predeceased by his wife Dorris, his parents, a sister Eleanor Fadden and brother-in-law, Richard Hunkins.
Robert’s Military Honors and Dorris’s memorial services will both be held on the same day in the spring of 2011 to be announced at a later date, at North Elba Cemetery in Lake Placid. Clark Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Donations in Robert’s memory may be made to: Suncoast Hospice Foundation 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. Clearwater, Fla. 33760.