MEMORIAM: Robert A. (Bob) Pastel, MD, Liverpool, New York
Monday, April 6, 2015
Bob died Thursday, April 2, surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his wife of sixty-eight years, Bernice Lawrence (Bea) Pastel. Bob was born in Coulterville, IL, on October 27, 1925, and has been an area resident for over sixty years.
He is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY. Bob did his internship in Indianapolis, IN, and his residency in Rockford, IL, specializing in pediatrics. Bob served in the US Navy while in medical school and served in the US Air Force after residency, stationed in Japan and Guam. He served as chief of pediatrics at St. Joseph’s Hospital and as an adjunct professor at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He retired from practice in 1997.
Bob is survived by his thirteen children: Chris (Judy) of Ithaca, NY; Clif (Elissa Weiss) of Glenshaw, PA; Katy of Bloomington, IN; Michael “Smokey” (Ellie) of Highland Mills, NY; Mary of Rockville, MD; Sally (Dick) Keyel of Sun Prairie, WI; Robert (Nettye Lamkay) of Albany, NY; Paul (Leah) of Essex Junction, VT; Margaret (Steve Hoover) of New Canaan, CT; Beth of Syracuse, NY; Joseph “Tigger” (Barb) of Silver Spring, MD; Charlie (Linda NeCastro) of Rockville, MD; and David (Michelle) of Horseheads, NY. In addition, he leaves thirty grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Bob is also survived by his sister Marjorie Martin (Ralph) of Sleepy Hollow, NY, and his brother Dr. Harvey Pastel (Jane) of Vernon, CT.
Bob used his medical skills in service to people worldwide with SS Hope in Tunisia; CARE/MEDICO in Indonesia, Honduras, and Peru; Indian Medical Service in New Mexico; and personally in the Gambia.
Bob was an accomplished woodturner; he won a blue ribbon at the New York State Fair and also won a juried art show. He was a founding member and past officer of the Central New York Woodturner’s Association. Bob enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the Town of Clay Bridge Club and hosted Thursday Duplicate Group. Bob was involved with the Syracuse Peace Council, Boy Scouts of America, and antidiscrimination organizations in Syracuse for fair housing and for voting rights. He was an ardent naturalist and took several courses at the New York College of Forestry, including courses on fern identification and anthropology. His hobbies included camping, canoeing, carpentry, painting, travel, wine making, bird watching, and cross-country skiing.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org) or American Association of Woodturners Program for Youth and Students. (www.woodturner.org). Calling hours will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Maurer Funeral Home, 300 Second St., Liverpool. A memorial service will be scheduled for the summer.