On January 2nd, 1937, a future Marine was born to Donald and Rose Prince. Robert “Bob” A. Prince grew up in Buffalo, NY, with his siblings, Jack, Norman, Donna, and Howard.
In 1955, as a teenager, Robert raised his right hand and swore to defend the United States Constitution against all enemies, Foreign and Domestic. The Unitd States Marines afforded him the opportunity to see the world as a young man. Cpl Prince was tasked in Operation Blue Bat and fulfilled his duty with an honorable discharge. A well-decorated Marine, he was the recipient of many medals. In true Marine corps fashion, “once a marine, always a marine.” you would always see Robert loyally wearing his Marine corps apparel.
After Robert returned home from his Military service, he met the former Carol Schulte while rollerskating at Skateland Roller Rink on Main Street in Buffalo. They married in January of 1961 and spent the next 61 years together. Robert would say, “Isn’t she beautiful?” to anyone who would visit their house. Together they raised three children, Sue, Tom, and Vicki, who gave them six cherished grandchildren: Nick, Anthony, Justin, Lucas, Gabrielle, and Jessica.
Robert worked as a welder at Hebeler Welding in Tonawanda, NY. He was always proud of the work he did there but was happy to come home at the end of the day to his family and some of his favorite hobbies. Music was near and dear to his heart. Some of Robert’s favorites included Louis Prima, Boots Randolph, and Frank Sinatra, but friends, family, and often strangers knew his favorite singer was Nana Mouskouri. Robert was proud to be president of the local chapter of the Nana Fan Club and had the opportunity to have lunch with her. While largely successful in Europe, Nana was not a household name in the U.S.. Robert never missed a chance to introduce her music to people he met.
Robert also enjoyed playing handball, chess, bow hunting, and metal detecting. He often went metal detecting with his best friend Dan in Delaware Park, the former site of the Pan American Exposition, with hopes of finding a piece or two of history. Robert loved spending time with family and liked to relax while watching The Twilight Zone, Buffalo Sabres Games, Jeopardy, and the Price is Right (especially when Rachel was on). Keeping up with his friends was also important to him. Robert or “Bucky” as he was also known, would often organize reunions for “The Gang” of his friends from the old neighborhood.
He was a Marine, a welder, a lover of music, and a friend to everyone, but most important to him was the time spent surrounded by family as often as possible, making memories together.
Prince, Robert A., of West Seneca, NY, entered into rest July 16, 2022. Beloved husband of Carol (nee Schulte) Prince; devoted father to Sue LoBrutto, Tom (Sue) Prince, and Vicki (Chris) Bauer; cherished grandfather of Nicholas, Anthony, Justin, Lucas, Gabrielle, and Jessica; loving brother of Donna (late James) Murawski, and the late John “Jack”, Norman, and Howard Prince; also survived by nieces, nephews and many friends. Friends may visit Friday, July 22nd from 3-7PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1340 Union Road, West Seneca, NY 14224, where a service will be held at 7PM. For online condolences, please visit www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.