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Robert Hutchings, Jr.
January 4, 2024
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Robert (Bob/Papa) Hutchings Jr. (69) went to be with the Lord on January 4, 2024, following a short, but difficult fight with Pancreatic Cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Mary Lou Hutchings, his brother Tom Hutchings, sister-in-law Lucille Lovaglia and his nephew Jesse Henehan. He is survived by his devoted wife of 45 years Carole (Gennett) Hutchings who cared for him and was by his side until the end; his three sons Rob (Katie), Andy (Sarah) and Chris (Sarah), all of Binghamton, NY; his cherished grandchildren Noah, Olivia, Sofia, and Owen. He is also survived by his siblings Gary (Denise) Hutchings, Joey Kephart, Mary (Donald) Dunlap, John (Colleen) Hutchings, Marty (Sue) Hutchings; his brother-in-law Joe (Domenica) Gennett and sister-in-law Mary Smith. Bob leaves behind many loving Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews and three Aunts: Gerry Tinder, Betty Lou Becker, and Peggy Carolan. Aunt Peg and Bob “Robin” spent much time together over the last several years while Bob and Carole fought multiple bouts of cancer. The family will be forever grateful for Aunt Peg opening up her home to them with no check out date, driving them to appointments when they could not and being their support when they were away from home.
Bob loved people. There was not a place he went where he did not know someone, if he did not, Bob would have a friend by the time he left. He encountered many people in his 30+ years as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service, walking the streets of Binghamton. Many people came to know Bob in his years cooking spiedies and sausages at “Bob’s Little Corner” on the East Side of Binghamton. That was the place to get your “late night” food in the 90’s. He met many people in all the years he spent coaching, cheering on and supporting his sons and grandchildren at all of their events.
Bob loved life but had three main passions: Spending time with family, handicapping horses and taking trips to the ocean. There was never a family gathering, sporting event, theater production or dance recital that he would miss. His grandchildren were the light of his life, and he would have done anything for them, including marching around the house playing the harmonica with all four of them trailing behind. His favorite activity was handicapping horse races at home, OTB or at the track. We are all going to miss calling him for his Kentucky Derby picks on the first Saturday of May. Bob would take every opportunity he could to get to the ocean. Whether it be a trip with his loving wife or his entire family, that is where he felt most at peace.
There was four things Bob desired when he first became sick; Have a celebration of life with all of his loved ones and friends, see the races live at Saratoga Racetrack, have one last visit to Ocean City, MD and get to spend one last Christmas with his beloved family. All of which he was fortunate to be able to experience. His family will forever hear him singing his part in the Twelve Days of Christmas, “Five Golden Rings.”
The family would like to thank all of the people who came to visit and spend time with Bob. We would also like to thank Lourdes Hospice nurses and Mercy House.
There will be Calling Hours from 9am – 11am and a Mass to follow at 11am at St. Paul Catholic Church in Binghamton on Wednesday January 10th. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to Mercy House in Endicott, NY.
Arrangements are in the care of Albert J. DeMarco.