November 19, 2012
Mr. Robert N. Tecler died suddenly on Monday, November 19, 2012.
Robert, the son of the late Dr. William B. and Sylvia Tecler, was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on August 21, 1943 and moved to Amsterdam in 1950.
He was a graduate of The Manlius School a military academy where he served as company commander. He graduated Baldwin Wallace with a B.A. degree in Education. Bob was also a graduate of the U.S. Army ROTC program at Kent State University achieving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
During Viet Nam War, Bob served as an officer in the U.S. Army stationed primarily in Germany where he earned the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
Returning to Amsterdam, Bob taught 4th grade at the Bacon School until his retirement. Bob truly cared about his students who eagerly awaited the day they could be in his class. He remained their favorite never to be forgotten.
Bob became highly recognized in the community for his knowledge of antiques and operated an auction business for many years. Throughout his life, he loved the water enjoying boating and fishing and also was an avid vegetable gardener. His other interests included a love of sports. He played tennis, racquetball and coached local youth baseball teams. To know Bob was to know his quick smile and infectious laughter.
He is survived by his wife the former Jean Gibbons; sons Robert W. (Stacy) of Wilton, N.Y., Brian of Delray Beach, Florida; stepchildren Michael (Jessica), Jeremy, Jeannine (Sean) Doyle; granddaughter Vivian; step grandchildren Quentin, Brady, Jeremy and Emily, brother Dr. Ronald S. Tecler; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Friday November 23, 2012 at 11 o'clock at the Chapel of Temple of Israel Cemetery, Route 5, Cranesville, NY with the Rabbi Matthew Cutler officiating.
Burial will then follow in the Tecler family plot. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a scholarship fund to be set up for children in Robert's name c/o of the funeral home.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam, NY 12010.
Please visit the online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.