In Memory

Robert E. Darmer

Robert E. Darmer

Robert E. "Bob" Darmer went into the arms of Our Lord suddenly on Monday, August 20th, 2012, at the age of 70.  He was born on December 11th, 1941 in Jackson, Mississippi to Kenneth I. Darmer and the late Kathryn Harper Darmer.  He grew up and was educated in Pierre, South Dakota.  Upon high school graduation, he enrolled at the Brown College School of Broadcasting in Mnneapolis, Minnesota.  His first gig was giving the "at dawn" reports on Iowa chicken farms, which lasted until the farmers could no longer tolerate the satirical scenarios he fabricated daily between the roosters and the hens.  Moving on to Nebraska, he successfully worked as a disc jockey at an AM station until, once more, his sense of humor setting Mozart and Bach to jitterbug beats went unappreciated.  Shelving his radio career, he enlisted in the United States Army which afforded him a tour of Europe for the next three years.  He was honorably discharged in 1964 and would later serve in the Army National Guard from 1978 - 1981.   Upon settling in New York state in 1964, Bob graduated from Adirondack Community College in 1966 and the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1968.  He pursued additional coursework at Columbia University, part time, in social work before giving the next 34 years of his life as a civil servant in parole and probation.  He first worked in Manhattan as a narcotic parole officer, then for the New York State Drug Commission under former governor Hugh Carey.  His longest career stint found him in Rochester, New York as a parole officer.

In 1967, Bob married the love of his life, Helene Griffin.  They celebrated 45 years of happiness and adventures this year.  He is survived by Helene; their daughter, Aimee Darmer O'Connell; son-in-law, Michael O'Connell; three grandchildren, Bridget Catherine, Rory Patrick and Kerry Clare O'Connell, all of Rochester; his father, Kenneth I. Darmer and stepmother, Shirley, of Delmar, NY; brother, Ken and wife Karen of Houston, TX; brother Larry and wife Brenda of Ruidoso, NM; brother Don and wife Carol of Niskayuna, NY and many cousins, neices, nephews and friends.