Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00
Former Laurel resident Robert Lawrence Daly died July 1, 2009 at Flint River Memory Care in Macon, GA. He was 79. He was born in Mineola on Jan. 30, 1930 to Michael and Violet (Corson) Daly. He graduated from Westbury High School in 1947 and joined the Army upon graduation. In 1950, he earned an associate degree in refrigeration from Long Island Agricultural and Technical Institute (now SUNY Farmingdale).
He married Carol Butow in 1953 and settled in Westbury to raise a family. They relocated to Laurel in 1977. He was employed as an office manager for Guy Pratt Inc. in Holtsville. He continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves as a member of the 77th Army Reserve Command. He was a competitive marksman on both military and civilian teams for many years. He was awarded the coveted Distinguished Rifleman Badge by the Army in 1966. He retired from the Army with the rank of master sergeant.
Upon his retirement in 1992, he and his wife moved to Elkton, VA. He earned his real estate license and worked for a short time with Four Star Realty in Elkton. He was active in the Kiwanis Club of Harrisonburg, VA. He also took great pride in his membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed woodworking and took great interest in exploring his Irish heritage.
Predeceased by his wife in 2005, Mr. Daly is survived by his sons, Peter of Cortlandt Manor, NY, Michael of East Patchogue, and Robert of Antioch, Tenn.; daughters, Barbara Daly-Dohrman of Mattituck and Suzanne Falchook of Milledgeville, GA.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Hazel Small and Doris Dougherty.
Cremation arrangements were handled by Williams Funeral Home, Milledgeville, GA. Private interment at Long Island National Cemetery is planned at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org), United Hospice of Macon, GA., or a charity of the donor’s choice.