Robert Townsend Booth


Robert T. Booth, 95, of Morrison Ave., Plattsburgh, passed into rest on Wednesday, May 15, with his loving wife and children right beside him. Bob was born July 5, 1923, at home in the Town of Plattsburgh on the Valcour Shore. He was the son of Robert C. Booth and Elizabeth T. Booth.
Bob lived a life of integrity, strength, calm and kindness. His final battle with Parkinson's Disease never dimmed his well-known wit and never defeated his fight to go on. Married for nearly 74 years, his wife Helen was the heart of his life. Wed on Aug. 4, 1945, their marriage, based on respect, equality and humor was the light of his life. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of his life.
Bob attended the Plattsburgh Campus School, Northwood School in Lake Placid, Yale University and the Albany Law School. Bob served with distinction in WWII in the Army as an Artillery Officer in the 87th Infantry Division. He served in the European Theater in Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. Captured during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, Bob passed through multiple prison camps in Germany and was finally liberated in April 1945 at the end of the war in Europe. He was awarded a Silver Star for Valor, a Purple Heart for injuries accrued in combat as well as the POW/MIA medal. He was later awarded the Legion of Honor from a grateful country of France. He served in the Army Reserves in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, retiring with the rank of Captain.
He was a registered lawyer with the NY State Bar Association 1948-2018, in private practice for 65 years. He served for a time as an Assistant District Attorney for Clinton County, and for many years he was attorney for Plattsburgh City Schools, Northeastern Clinton Central School and Saranac Central School. He served as the Chair of the NY State Bar Association Grievance and Lawyer Referral Committees, Executive Committee of the NY State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. He also served as the President of the County Bar Association and many years as the chair of the County Grievance Committee.
Bob came from a family that believed in service to the community and he carried that forward with vigor. He was involved in a vast array of community organizations, serving as President, Chairperson or Executive Committee of: SUNY Plattsburgh College Council, Sacred Heart Nursing Home (now Plattsburgh Rehabilitation and Nursing Center), North Country Girl Scouts, SUNY Plattsburgh College Foundation, CVPH Hospital Board, American Legion Post 20, Plattsburgh Chamber of Commerce, Clinton County Historical Association, Senior Citizen's Council, Trustee of the Clinton County Supreme Court Library, Fund Drive Chairman for the American Red Cross, Champlain Development Corporation, Beartown Ski Council, International Optimists Club, Plattsburgh Little Theater, and Plattsburgh Republican City Committee. He was an active member of both the SUNY Plattsburgh and CVPH Hospital Human Subjects Review Boards. Bob actively participated in the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Audubon Society and the Adirondack Conservancy, PAFB Hazardous Materials Abatement Oversight Committee, and the Lake Champlain Citizen's Advisory Committee.
Bob's contribution and accomplishments were often done with no fanfare but others felt his contribution. He was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award (along with Helen) by the United Way of Clinton County. He received the first ever Distinguished Service Award from SUNY Plattsburgh. Before retiring from law practice he received the NY State Bar Association Angelo T. Cometa Award for extraordinary commitment to the Lawyer Referral and Information Service. He was appointed the Honorary Chairperson (along with Helen) position for the North Country American Red Cross and an Award of Appreciation of Service from the North Country Girl Scouts.
Bob believed in community service, participating deeply and taking care of our natural resources. He passed those values onto his children. He was outdoors in the woods and on the water throughout his whole life. He and Helen traveled widely, searching adventures and bird life.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Elizabeth T Booth and Robert C. Booth and his mother and father-in-law Emerson and Lucy Saxe, his brother and sister-in-law William (Skip) and Esther Saxe, and nephew Emerson Saxe.
Left to cherish his memory: his loving wife of nearly 74 years, Helen Saxe Booth, daughter Caroline Stafford (David), daughter Marcia Murdock (Ron), son Matthew Booth (Judy), daughter Laurie Booth-Trudo (Michael). Grandchildren: Rebecca Rahn (Andrew) Beth Davis (Nate), Rachel Spiess (Andrew), Kaitlyn Booth, Jared Booth, Simon Booth, Thaddeus J. BoothTrudo; Great-grandchildren Erik and Amelia Davis. Brother and sister-in-law Christopher (Kit) and Sally Booth. Nieces and nephews: Chris Booth, Lisa Crain, Scott Saxe and John Saxe.
In lieu of calling hours, the family invites friends and colleagues to a Celebration of Life for Bob on May 22 at 12:15 p.m. at The American Legion Post 20, Quarry Rd. Plattsburgh. Please join us to celebrate an accomplished and wonderful life. There will be a private graveside service on May 22.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court St. Plattsburgh, NY 12901. (518) 563-1760.
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Stasia Arcarese
Jul 11, 2019
Memorial Tree was purchased for the family of Robert Townsend Booth by Stasia Arcarese.
Kelly Timmons
May 19, 2019
I had the honor of assisting Bob's family with the arrangements for his Celebration of Life at the American Legion. We look forward to serving his family and friends as they enjoy the time reminiscing his accomplishments. God bless this loving family, I know Bob will be missed dearly in our community.
Nancy Maynard
May 18, 2019
A true pillar of our community. RSVP
May 17, 2019