In memory of
Robert H. Kuiper
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In memory of
Robert H. Kuiper
Robert Henry Kuiper, 82, died Saturday, October 15, 2016 at home in Hamilton, NY following a brief illness. He leaves his wife of 53 years, Marieke (Oosterkamp) Kuiper; his daughter, Deborah Labyn, his son Bernard Kuiper and his twin daughters Anna-Marie Kuiper and Robin-Lucie Kuiper-Slater. He also leaves his sister Gertrude and 7 grandchildren (Maxim, Samuel, Sebastian, Chelsea, Anneke, Winston, and Tommy). Bob will also be missed by many close friends and relatives. Born and raised in Whitesboro, NY, the son of Ralph and Alice (Korf) Kiper, he was a lifelong resident of Hamilton, NY. His parents immigrated from The Netherlands and worked in the local bakery and textile mill. As a young man, he served his country as a Private in the United States Army and was stationed in post-war Germany. On a trip to the Netherlands to meet his relatives he also met a girl who would later become his wife. They were married in St. Thomas Episcopal Church on September 14, 1963. Bob graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College and worked for General Motors Acceptance Corporation before settling in Hamilton NY. He opened, ran and grew the Western Auto, Hamilton Cinema, Cinema Bike Shop and the buildings housing the Victory Market and the Grand Union. He supported his town and was active in local government. Over the span of more than 30 years, he served as Village Trustee, Village Mayor, Justice of the Peace, Town Supervisor, and chaired Madison County for 6 years. He was also instrumental in creating Madison Lane Senior Housing and founded Southern Madison County Ambulance Corp (SOMAC). During SOMAC's early years he served as a driver before receiving his EMT Certification. For his service he was honored by Senator Patrick Moynihan, Assemblyman Bill Magee, Congressman Sherwood Boehlert and others. He also received the Rhea Eckel Clark Memorial Citizenship Award for his dedication and leadership to enhancing the quality of life in Central New York. As an award winning amateur photographer, he served in Hamilton's Volunteer Fire Department as their fire photographer. He was very active in the Rotary Club, led a goodwill trip to India with 6 other fellow Rotarians, and recently was honored to receive the Paul Harris award. He served on the vestry of Saint Thomas and organized the Fresh Air Fund that gave inner city youth the chance to spend a summer in Hamilton. He served as a director of Oneida Valley National Bank and has helped to foster goodwill between Colgate University and the Village of Hamilton. Fittingly, he was presented the Civic Award for his conspicuous community service. Bob loved his town and was not one to sit idle while there were things to get done. In his free time, Bob was a sailor and captain of his racing team on Friesland I and II. He could also be frequently sighted at the Colgate Pool where he enjoyed swimming laps and participating in the water aerobics classes. Memorial Services will be held at 11am, Saturday, October 22, 2016 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Madison St., Hamilton. Interment with military honors is private at the convenience of the family. Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton on Friday from 6-8pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., East Syracuse NY 13057, or at www.cancer.org . To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com Date of Death: October 15, 2016
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