Robert has passed on to his heavenly home October 21 after reaching his goal of 100 years of age. He died peacefully at Ideal Senior Living Center after three years of residing there. Robert (Bob) was born June 3, 1914 to Edward and Lena (Barrows) Davern. He was the sixth of seven children. He was predeceased by his son, Wade, his wife of 29 years, Clarice (Wade); his wife of 13 years, Helon (Wilson); his six siblings Anna Cobb, Edna Barnum, Cecile Davern, Grace Atwood, Ella Brown, and Andrew Davern. He is survived by his daughter, Jacqueline (Joseph) Papa and their four children, Tamara (Edward) Kiesa, Kenneth Papa, Kathleen (Robert) Rose, and Christine (David) Smith. Also, Daughter-in-law Phyllis Davern and children Jeffrey Davern, Michael (Laurie) Davern, Brian (Debbie) Davern, and Kelly (Tom) O’dea. He leaves 22 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson. He also leaves his step family in North Carolina, Kathy Marshal, Marilyn (Melvin) Norwood, and Eddie (Ina) Wilson and their children. Bob was born and raised on his father’s farm in Marathon, NY. After his marriage to his “Georgia Peach”, Clarice, he moved to Cortland, NY to work. They moved back to his Dad’s farm in Marathon to help out and were there for eight years. The farm was sold and he started work at IBM in Endicott in 1951. He was transferred to Raleigh, NC by IBM and lived in Cary for 45 years. He made many friends in Cary and loved playing golf the year around there. After his wife, Clarice, died he met and married Helon Wilson who passed away after 13 years of marriage. He stayed in NC until 2011 when he fell and broke his hip and came to Endicott with his daughter to recover at Ideal Senior Living Center. Bob lived a good life and truly enjoyed his time in Cary, NC with his many good friends and neighbors. They were always there for him. He enjoyed his golf and his home and all his children and grandchildren. His job at IBM was his pride and joy and enjoyed his many good working friends there. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone in need. He will truly be missed by his family and all who knew him. We would like to thank everyone at Ideal Senior Living Center, Tulip Court, for their excellent and loving care of Bob. He truly called Ideal his home.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday 11 am from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 701 West Main Street, Endicott. Burial will be in Marathon Cemetery, at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends at church Monday from 10 am until Mass time at 11 am.