Resolution J3114-2013

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



  • May 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 28, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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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