Mourning the death of Robert S. Vidler, Jr., distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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  • 30 / May / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Robert S. Vidler, Jr.,
distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Robert S. Vidler, Jr. of Ithaca, New York, died on April 26,
2013, at the age of 88; and
WHEREAS, At a time when five and dime stores were going out of busi-
ness, Robert S. Vidler, Jr. and his younger brother, Edward, took over
their father's dry goods emporium on Main Street in East Aurora; over
decades, the brothers turned Vidler's 5 & 10 into a beloved landmark in
East Aurora; and
WHEREAS, The Vidler brothers had worked to keep their business strong
and their customers happy; they expanded their space for toys, lunch
boxes, stationery, sewing supplies and kitchen goods by buying three
store fronts when those businesses closed; and
WHEREAS, Robert S. Vidler, Jr. and his brother loved to help their
customers and would often take the time to write letters for patrons
with developmental disabilities who came from a nearby home; and
WHEREAS, Robert S. Vidler, Jr. knew everybody, and talked to everyone;
the store was like a community center; his people skills and his caring
and kindness were his overriding qualities; and
WHEREAS, As a young man, Robert S. Vidler, Jr. attended Penn State
University for one year before enlisting in the United States Navy; he
served his country during World War II, and started officer training at
Cornell University's Hotel School; and
WHEREAS, Robert S. Vidler, Jr. was a supply officer on a submarine
chaser, earned the rank of lieutenant and, in subsequent years, took
charge of organizing shipmate reunions; and
WHEREAS, Robert S. Vidler, Jr.'s commitment to excellence, and his
spirit of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, includ-
ing charitable and civic endeavors; and
WHEREAS, He served on the Village Board for several terms and was an
active member of the Chamber of Commerce; he also loved the Welland
Canal in Ontario, and kept track of the ships he saw go through the
channel; and
WHEREAS, Moreover, Robert S. Vidler, Jr. enjoyed working at the annual
Kiwanis Club chicken barbecues in Hamlin Park, so much so that the fami-
ly procured the recipe for the dish so it could be made once he moved to
Ithaca in 2004; and
WHEREAS, Predeceased by his daughter, Ann Fates, Robert S. Vidler, Jr.
is survived by his brother, Edward, and two daughters, Sue Rakow and
Phebe Cook; and
WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Robert S. Vidler, Jr. leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Robert S. Vidler, Jr., distinguished citizen and
devoted member of his community; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Robert S. Vidler, Jr.


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