Lanesborough, MA.-Robert C. Shier, 73, passed away unexpectedly at Berkshire Medical Center on Saturday, September 15, 2018 surrounded by his loving wife, family and friends. Bob was born in Troy, NY on September 16, 1944. He was the son of the late Nathan T. and Marguerite Teal Shier and loving husband to Marcia (McCauley) Shier.
Bob was raised in Sand Lake, NY and graduated from Averill Park High School in 1961. His love for agriculture started with his Uncle John and Aunt Mae on their family farm, which grew into a successful career with Beck’s Wholesale Florist, Shier’s Florist and Greenhouses, Groves Fancy Ferns Co. and Williams Florist. He then went onto purchase Viale Floral Co., in 1976 which he ran until selling his legacy to his daughter, Michele. He remained owner of Wahconah Street Greenhouse Inc., where he worked side by side with his wife Marcia until he sold it in 2006. He continued to be a great asset to both businesses until his passing.
Bob was the past president of the Northeastern Teleflora Regional District, member of the Capital District Regional Farmers Market in Menands, NY and served on the Board of Directors for Farm Credit.
He was an avid sportsman, enjoying yearly hunting trips to Colorado with his son Bill and many good friends. Bob was involved in various organizations including being past president of the Averill Park Fish and Game Club and a member of the Stephentown Valley Rod & Gun Club.
After his retirement he enjoyed, traveling with his wife, children and their families. He especially enjoyed playing miniature golf with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Marcia, his children Robert C. (Shelby) Shier Jr. of Tustin, CA., Michele Shier of Dalton, MA., William (Susan) Shier of Loveland, CO., Melissa (Eric) Moore of Stafford, VA and Ryan (Michelle) Barzousky of Lanesborough, MA., his brother Gordon N. (Linda) Shier of Tavares, FL., 17 grandchildren and 1 great- grandson.
Calling hours for family and friends will be on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 4-7 pm at Perry-Komdat Funeral Chapel 2691 New York 43 Averill Park, NY
Church services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Berkshire First Church of the Nazarene 165 North St. Dalton, MA
Visit www.perrykomdat.com for directions and a private guestbook.
September 21, 2018
Perry-Komdat Funeral Chapel
Averill Park, NY
September 22, 2018
Berkshire First Church of the Nazarene
Directions to Berkshire First Church of the Nazarene