Robert “Bob” R. Latham II, 67, of Baldwinsville, passed away Tuesday. Born in Binghamton, Bob moved to Syracuse where he married his high school sweetheart. A West Genesee High School graduate, he attended SUNY Oswego earning an MS in Advanced Technologies and a MBA.
Bob spent his work life as a Professor of Mechanical Technology and Chair of the Applied Engineering Technology Department at Onondaga Community College retiring after 40 years. He was an accomplished man; a Charter member of the American Society of Tool and Manufacturing Engineers, student chapter no. 52 at OCC, a member of the OCC CIM Demonstration team (1993-94), received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001, named to the 2002 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, in 2019, was named professor emeritus in recognition of his outstanding teaching career and service to OCC and its students for 34 years. Bob enjoyed traveling, reading and karate, earning his blackbelt at the age of 40. He was a member of the 3rd Day Worship Center and played bass guitar for the worship team. Above all, Bob cherished the time spent with his family, “no man ever loved his family more”.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Betty; sisters, Linda Todhunter and Susan Furch; and granddaughter, Renee' Rhodes Poupore.
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Sharon Latham; daughters, Gina (Mark) Poupore of Weedsport and Trisha (Tom) Frateschi of Tully; siblings, Gary (Elena) Riveles of NJ, Kress Latham of VA and Lisa (Marty) Standiford of NY; grandchildren, Rachel Frateschi, Eva and Adam Poupore and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call Friday, November 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus 13031. Face masks are required.
Services will be private. Bob will be laid to rest in Greenlawn Cemetery.