Robert W. Mead, age 93, of Delray Beach, Florida passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, November 2, 2018 after a life well lived. He was born on February 17, 1925 in Endicott, New York. He was predeceased by his mother and father Dr. Roger D. and Mae L. Mead, his brother Russell Mead, his brother Roger and wife Madelyn Mead and his son-in-law Grant McConnell. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Janet Allen Mead and his three children; daughters Robin Mead and Rhonda McConnell and his son Robert A. and wife Sandra Mead. He is also survived by six grandchildren; Ryan Mead Esq. and wife Carolyn, Dr. Victoria Mead and husband Alessandro Bitto, Alison McConnell, Taylor McConnell, Drew and wife Lauren McConnell and Julia McConnell, as well as four great grandchildren; Claudia and Margot Mead and Raffaella and Ferdinando Bitto. He graduated from Union-Endicott High School in 1943 and served in the Army Air Force during World War II. Following his service, he attended Syracuse University. His business life began when he built and operated a service station in Vestal, New York. He went on to build homes, commercial plazas and was involved in other planned real estate developments. He had a life long passion for investing which led to his participation in many venture capital projects. Some of his happiest times were spent cruising the world and traveling the Intracoastal Waterway with his wife Janet on their boat the “MaeRog”. He particularly enjoyed summers spent at Quaker Lake, Pennsylvania with his family and many friends. For all who knew and loved him, the single most important thing in his life was family, and his choice to live by example created a pathway for generations to follow. His family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to his devoted caregivers for the wonderful care they provided over the past five years. They would also like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. John Perry.
Robert’s family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott, New York. A private burial service will take place at the family’s discretion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grant McConnell Employment Program at the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference, 1182 Chenango Street, Binghamton, New York 13901.