Robert “Bob” Alger, of Arkport

ARKPORT – Robert “Bob” Alger, beloved and devoted husband to Lucy Alger, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Born in Hornell on November 5, 1935, son of the late Everett and Helen Alger, he grew up in Arkport and attended Arkport Central School. He married Lucy Patricia Sciotti, his wife of 61 years. They have known each other since the seventh grade, over 73 years!

He worked for Potter Dewitt based in Batavia at the beginning of his construction career. He spent the next twenty-six years working for SJ Groves and Sons based in Minneapolis, MN. He worked all over the east coast and eventually ran the entire equipment department for Groves. He was the third from the last person to leave Groves when they went out of business, which shows how loyal he was to the company. He then went to work for The Lane Construction Corporation, based in Cheshire, CT. For over ten years he worked on projects from Ohio, to New York and finally Pennsylvania. He retired in 2004 and returned to his beloved home in Arkport that he built with his father over 60 years ago. Spending time with his wife Lucy in the house that he loved was very special to him. He loved to look over the valley down at the airport and watch all the activity there. In 1975 he purchased N6338A, his 1956 Cessna 182. This was his “baby”. He loved to fly and amassed over 4,400 hours in the air. He was at the airport every day talking with “his guys” about every topic imaginable! He was well known for his humor and one-liners and most of all the love of his family.

He is survived by his wife Lucy Alger. He was a devoted father and leaves behind his son, Robert Alger and wife Joanlee of Avon, CT and daughter, Nancy Houy and husband Jeff of Arkport.

He leaves behind many loving grandchildren including Eric and Max Houy and Robert and Lauren Alger.

He is predeceased by his brother Everett.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Robert “Bob” Alger.

His family will receive friends Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main Street, Hornell. On Sunday May 20, 2018 we will have a funeral service at the funeral home at 2:00 p.m., with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating, followed by a burial service at the Heritage Hill (Arkport) Cemetery; following this there will be a celebration of Bob’s life at the Hornell Golf Club, 473 Seneca Road in North Hornell.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 ( or to Honor Flight Rochester, Inc., P.O. Box 23581, Rochester, NY 14692. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.

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