ARKPORT-Robert C. “Bob” D’Apice, 73, of 17 Meadowbrook Dr., Arkport, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon (December 24, 2021) at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, following a brief illness.
Born in Hornell on October 8, 1948, he was the son of Robert & Genevieve “June” (Cole) D’Apice.
Bob grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1967). Following high school graduation, he was employed for a time at Gleason’s in Rochester prior to working at the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.
He was a Veteran of the US Army, serving his country from 1968 – 1970 during the Vietnam era. While in the Army, Bob was stationed in Korea.
Following his honorable discharge from the military, Bob returned to the Hornell area and resumed working for the railroad. It was at that time that he served a four year apprenticeship to become a licensed electrician and later becoming employed at Corning Glass Works.
Along with his wife, Pat, Bob established D’Apice Market on River St., Hornell, which they owned & operated for several years. As a licensed electrician, Bob established B/D Electric of Hornell, a full electrical supply store. For the past 30 years, he served as an electrical inspector for Atlantic-Inland Inc., N.Y.
A resident of the Arkport area since 1975, Bob was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.
Bob was currently a member of the Hornell American Legion and past commander of the Arkport American Legion where he served as a member of the American Legion Honor Guard. Through the years he served on several committees at the county level, in 2015-16 Bob served as the Steuben County American Legion Commander. Currently he was assistant sergeant of arms, executive committee and delegate to the district. In addition to his American Legion Service he has also served as the Steuben County Sons of American Legion Commander and has served as the SAL Chair Liaison of the county American Legion.
Bob was an avid Buffalo Bills Football fan and also loved rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes. A true “family man” he loved the time that he spent with family and especially loved camping during the summer months.
He was married on March 4, 1972 to the former Patricia “Pat” Taylor who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Crystal (Robert) Henshaw of Arkport; 2 brothers, Randy (Connie) D’Apice of Hornell and Andrew D’Apice of Pensacola, FL; 1 sister, Anna Baker of Hornell; 2 grandchildren, Jacob Henshaw and Chloee Henshaw of Arkport; niece Deanna D’Apice of Hornell; nephews Daniel D’Apice of Hawaii and Peter Persichilli of Hornell.
The family of Robert C. “Bob” D’Apice will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. Funeral services with full military honors will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 4:00 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. Burial will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport, NY.
Due to recent New York State mandates, everyone attending calling hours or the funeral service will be required to wear a face mask.
Bob’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Ann’s Academy, 41 Genesee St., Hornell, NY or the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Rd., Hornell, NY 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.
In recognition of Bob’s service to his country as a member of the US Army, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral home will be flown at half-staff.
To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit www.dagonfuneralhome.com.