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Robert "Bob" A. Bernhoft
(April 4, 1931 - September 4, 2013)

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Robert

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QUEENSBURY--- Robert “Bob” A. Bernhoft, 82, of Queensbury, passed away Wednesday morning, Sept. 4, 2013 at his home, with his loving family by his side. Born April 4, 1931, in Peekskill, N.Y., he was the oldest son of the late Arthur and Gladys (Cole) Bernhoft. Bob graduated from Fayetteville High School where he excelled in football, basketball, and track, and was Student Council President his senior year. Bob attended Houghton College for one year before joining the U.S. Navy at age 19. He served as a Hospital Corpsman during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan on a converted destroyer and then on an APA 213 amphibious personal attack ship, being honorably discharged in Aug. 1954. After his military service, Bob attended Syracuse University. While working full-time nights in a factory, he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree of Education, Master’s Degree of Education, and Doctorate of Education and Counseling. He followed Syracuse athletics faithfully and was one of the “Orange’s” biggest fans. For seven years, he taught high school social studies and coached football in the Syracuse area. He then moved his family to Toledo, Ohio, where he joined the University of Toledo staff, teaching guidance and counseling for six years. The next twenty years, Bob was in private practice specializing in counseling psychology, where he met Jay Cooper, his best friend, colleague, and golfing buddy. While in private practice, he owned Vintage Farms, where he raised, trained, and bred several champion Morgan Horses. Music was one of Bob’s greatest joys in life. He had a beautiful voice and was known as the “Yodeler,” sharing his talent for yodeling at parties, restaurants, and family weddings. He also played the harmonica, button box, and ukulele – all self-taught. After retirement, Bob and his wife, Betty, returned to the mountains of upstate N.Y. so he could once again pursue his passion for downhill skiing, which he did well into his 70’s. In Dec. of 2001, he was a relay torchbearer for the Salt Lake Winter Olympics. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Marilyn Carlisle. Bob is survived by his wife of 23 years, Betty (Beyer) Bernhoft of Queensbury, N.Y.; his five children, Robert Bernhoft Jr., Susan (Kevin) King, Dr. Hans Bernhoft (Richard Stanish), Kimberly (Peter) Holzberger, and Thomas (Jeanie) Bernhoft. He was blessed with 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother, Donald Bernhoft (Catherine Thompson); a sister, Marian Morse; and several nieces and nephews. In 2006, “Chipper,” a little black cat entered Bob’s life and his heart. Bob considered his wonderful neighbors as a second family. A special thank you to the Halls and the Eichers. Interment, with military honors, will take place Friday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Rd., Schuylerville. Bob’s family wishes to thank Dr. Donald T. Pasquale, M.D. hematologist and the nurses in the hematology / oncology infusion suite at Albany Stratton VA Medical Center for five years of excellent and thoughtful treatment of Robert’s multiple myeloma. Contributions, in loving memory of Bob, may be sent to High Peaks Hospice, 79 Glenwood Ave., Second Floor, Queensbury, NY 12804. Condolences may be mailed to Maynard D. Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, NY 12804, or e-mailed through www.bakerfuneralhome.com.

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