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Robert Brendon Tufts, 71, of Victor, NY, passed away on May 24, 2024.

Bob was born in 1953 to Wesley and Virginia Tufts in Quincy, MA. Bob graduated from Holliston High School in 1971 and went on to study electrical engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology. After graduating from college in 1973, Bob worked at Genrad for a number of years before moving to New York in 1992, when the Kodak subsidiary he worked for shut down operations and moved to Rochester. He worked as a service engineer at Kodak, then transitioned to the
role of System Administrator.

In 1999, Bob married Susan Van Vessem, and became a stepfather to Sue’s children Maureen, Bethany, Abigail, and dog-father to Nisse.

Bob loved cars, built Corvairs as a hobby, owned a 1979 Lotus Mario Andretti world champion commemorative edition and 1975 VW camper bus, and loved to watch Formula One and Nascar races on Sundays. Bob was also a licensed ham radio operator, a New England Patriots fan, very knowledgeable about many different genres of music, enjoyed visiting the St. Lawrence River, New England lighthouses, camping trips in the VW bus, and very much loved his dogs Nisse, Snickers, and Daisy.

He is survived by his wife Susan Van Vessem Tufts; his sisters Denyse (Patrick) Blaney, Janice (Leonard) Mutschler , Deborah (John) Mark; stepchildren Maureen Wedgwood, Bethany (Elroy) Hardaway, Abigail Vaillancourt; mother-in-law, Harriet Van Vessem; in-laws, Christopher (Terry) Van Vessem, Timothy (Christine) Van Vessem, Anne McGuire, and Matthew (Rebecca Thompson) Van Vessem.  Childrens’ partners Daniel Green and Brianne Raes; stepmother-in-law Bonnie Van Vessem; grandchildren Jordan, Sydney, Gabrielle; his dog Daisy; many wonderful nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews and friends. He is predeceased by his parents Wesley and Virginia Tufts, Father-in-Law Craig Van Vessem; and his beloved dogs Nisse and Snickers.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at SUNDAY June 9, 2024 from 11 AM – 1 PM at Miller’s Funeral Home at 301 W Main Street, Victor, NY 14564. CLICK HERE for a map to the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Lollypop Farm Humane Society of Greater Rochester, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450 or visit the website www.lollypop.org

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