West Rupert, Vermont – Robert E. Bain, 76, of West Rupert, Vermont, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2022, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Born June 26, 1945, in Cambridge, New York, he was the son of the late Jesse and Elinor (Loy) Bain.
Bob graduated from Argyle Central School and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. Bob was self-employed for many years as an AI technician. He then worked for Genex in the same capacity, retiring in 2010.
Bob was an active member of the Rupert United Methodist Church serving as a trustee. He was very involved in community activities, including being a 50-year member and past president of the Rupert Volunteer Fire Department, the parade announcer for Rupert’s Old Home Days parade and manning the fried dough booth. Bob also served on the planning commission for the Town of Rupert. He was an avid New York Giants fan and also a Boston Red Sox fan. Bob loved all kinds of animals and years ago was in charge of the Junior Livestock Division at the Washington County Fair.
Bob enjoyed his grandchildren and loved watching them play their sports, perform in plays and many other activities. Bob loved visiting with people, especially at Stewart’s in Salem, talking with friends over many cups of coffee and reading his daily copy of the New York Post.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a brother Lawrence Bain and a brother-in-law Robert Kelly.
Bob is survived by his wife Margaret Higgins Bain; his children Sarah (Chris) Porter of West Rupert and Isaac (Bobbie) Bain of New Iberia, Louisiana; his sisters Sharon Kelly of Buffalo, New York, Christine Bain, Lorna (Michael) McGraw and Elizabeth (Barry) Skellie, all of Argyle; six grandchildren Grace, Julianna, Emily Porter, Elizabeth Bain, Shane Baker and Kaleb Tracey; and nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, at the Rupert United Methodist Church with Pastor Tom Atkins officiating. Interment with military honors will be at the Rupert Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Rupert Fire House.
Memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to the Rupert Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 68, West Rupert, VT 05776 or Rupert United Methodist Church, PO Box 40, West Rupert, VT 05776.
To offer condolences to the family, please visit gariepyfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are with the McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, Inc. in Salem, New York.