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May 3, 1931 – March 17, 2014

Robert C. Potter, a diesel mechanic at the Bethlehem Steel plant for 33 years, died Monday in his Lackawanna home after a short illness. He was 82.

Born in Buffalo, he enlisted in the Army at age 17, served in the Korean War and attained the rank of sergeant first class.

Near the conclusion of his time in the service, he took the former Rosemary Leo on a date to Crystal Beach – the beginning of a relationship that resulted in more than 60 years of marriage.

Mr. Potter was a Democratic committeeman for 22 years in Lackawanna, where he resided most of his life, and served as the head custodian at Lackawanna City Hall for 29 years. He was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Victory Basilica.

He enjoyed golfing at area courses with friends. Though left-handed, he golfed righty as the first clubs given to him in his youth were a used right-handed set.

Mr. Potter relished traveling and being outdoors, making traditional visits with family and friends to Allegany State Park and Florida.

Other hobbies included gardening, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Deborah Barnashuk and Cheryl Potter-Juda; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna.