Obituary of Robert A. Blohm
All About Bob:
1. Bob grew up in Hamburg, NY until he settled in Derby, NY with his wife of 39 years, Susan, where they raised their only daughter, Nicole.
2. He was an animal lover, but while he had many pets over the years, he always had to have a dog (always a rescue dog). The first family dog was Lady, then a golden retriever named Angel, then a flat-coated retriever named Chance, and while he loved all his dogs over the years, we all knew Chance was HIS dog. HIS dog Chance preceded him in death by 2 months, passing away suddenly on April 19, 2022.
3. He had a self-described Type A personality with a really strong work ethic and, as his wife and daughter can confirm, the inability to sit still. He started working on local farms at age 14 to make his own spending money. He worked at Bethlehem Steel with his father for a short time, but quickly found his calling as a Registered Nurse. He started out as an LPN, then he earned his Associate’s degree of nursing from Trocaire College in 1983. He worked at ECMC for a few years, which is where he met the love of his life, Susan, who was also a Registered Nurse. He then worked at the VA hospital in the ICU for the majority of his career until his knees and back requested a change. He attended Daemen College to earn his Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in order to become a nursing supervisor. He graduated from Daemen College in May 2008 on the same day that his daughter graduated as a Physician Assistant, which was a really special day for both of them. He retired at the age of 62 after working for over 30 years at the VA.
4. He also served 21 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and was very proud of his military service and accomplishments.
5. He was very proud of his daughter and openly shared this with everyone who knew him. Even during the years when she was in college or lived in Charlotte, NC, they spoke on the phone at least once a day. When he was diagnosed with cancer, she moved back to Buffalo to spend as much time together as possible. He enjoyed spending time with her watching football, dropping by her apartment just to see her and talk, and bringing Chance to visit her and her cats. Nicole inherited her dad’s sense of humor and they would often drive Susan insane with their jokes, playing off one another.
6. He was his wife’s grounding wire. She is a very serious person and he knew how to get her to laugh and to be silly.
7. He was always looking for a laugh, and was very good at getting people to laugh. He was a prankster. Some of his favorite pranks included:
--- He loved scaring people. He would sneak up behind you and either stay quiet until you turned around, or loudly say “Hi” or “What are you doing?” to scare you. He did this to everyone including coworkers, his neighbor Jill, his daughter, but he especially loved doing this to his easily startled wife. If you know him, you know his one of kind laugh, and successfully scaring someone was sure to get his laugh, which would inevitably make you laugh too because he was so proud of himself.
--- He worked nights at the hospital, and if he was getting off on the 7th floor and knew you were going to the first floor, he may push all the buttons before he got off, so you’d have to stop on every floor. A coworker recently told us this elevator story, affectionately saying while laughing, “Bob was a son of a B****.”
--- He would be walking with his wife in a store and pass gas and loudly blame her, saying “Susan, ohhh, what did you do?” We’ve heard many stories of him doing this to his coworkers on night shift as well.
8. He loved exercising whether at the gym or just walking his dog. He typically went to the gym 5 days a week and sometimes even went twice in one day. He made many friendships there and really enjoyed learning new exercises from other people at the gym.
9. He had a terrible sweet tooth and could eat a whole chocolate cake, an entire package of oreos, or a whole cherry pie in one sitting all by himself. This often would occur during the middle of the night. It was very fortunate for him that he enjoyed the gym.
10. He loved to drive his Jeep, drinking a Tim Horton’s coffee, listening to his music (The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Chicago and many others) or WGR sports radio 550, and 9 out of 10 times Chance was riding with him.
11. His favorite saying was “it is what it is.”
12. He enjoyed spending time with his best friend John, who he referred to as his brother. He enjoyed just being able to be himself with John. He loved reminiscing with him about their time in the army, constantly cracking jokes, laughing, and drinking Tim Horton’s coffee.
13. If you were lucky enough to be called his friend, he would go out of his way to be there for you, to listen and give advice. His friendships became even more important to him over these past few years. You know who you are but to name just a few (John, Steve, Brian, Fran and many others). He was a very humble man, so he was often amazed by the outpouring of love people showed him.
14. He was very friendly and would stop and chat with complete strangers about anything.
15. He liked to do things to show his appreciation to people. He would drop off chocolate to the women at the bank on a holiday, drop off a pizza to the kids working at Tim Hortons, and gave chocolate or fruit to the staff at the doggy daycare for taking care of his dog, Chance. He always wanted to make people feel appreciated for their time and effort.
16. His favorite style of dress was a tee shirt and cargo pants or cargo shorts. Much to his daughter’s dismay, he particularly loved his camo cargo shorts.
17. He was an optimist and had the strongest desire to live. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he was told that even with chemo and radiation, his prognosis was estimated at 12-24 months. His incredible strength and desire to keep fighting blessed him and the people that loved him with 3 additional years of QUALITY time with him. He truly loved and appreciated his friends and family that called to check-in on him and visited him over these past few years. Those calls and visits meant the world to him. He passed away peacefully in his home, like he wanted, with his wife and daughter at his side. He truly was deeply loved and will be remembered always.
If you have any memories, pictures or funny stories you want to share, but don’t feel comfortable writing them here, you can also email them privately to his wife and daughter at email@example.com.
You may also use the donation links on this page if you would like to make a donation in his name to:
1. Joyful Rescues, Inc
--- The rescue organization he adopted Chance from.
2. Roswell Park Alliance Foundation
--- The cancer research hospital he received treatment at.
3. Hospice Buffalo
--- The organization that allowed him the ability to pass away comfortably at home with his family.
Blohm Jr., Robert A. of Derby, NY, passed away at home with his family at his side July 1, 2022. Beloved husband of Susan E. (nee Dillon) Blohm; adored father of Nicole Blohm; loving brother of Helen (Frank) Blake and the late Evelyn Blohm; dear son of the late Robert and Anna Blohm; also survived by many cherished friends and family. Bob was a retired Registered Nurse and U.S. Army Veteran. Friends and family may visit on Thursday, July 7th from 4-8PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075, where a service will be held at 8PM. Formal attire not required. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert's name may be made to Joyful Rescues, the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, or Hospice Buffalo. For online condolences and donations, please visit www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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