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Robert E. ArmetFebruary 2, 2007
Troy - Robert E. Armet, 67, of Delaware Avenue, died suddenly Friday, February 2, 2007, at Samaritan Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Robert Armet and Marie (Magee) Armet and husband for 46 years of Margaret L. Kolb Armet. Above all his many accomplishments, Bob was a loving husband, father and cherished grandfather, instilling his values from his many days in scouting in his every day life. Some of his children's fondest memories of Dad/Papa were sharing time together enjoying life's simple pleasures, such as birdwatching, planting and tending flowers in their garden, and reading and telling stories.
He was raised in Queens, NY, resided in Troy since 1964. He was a graduate of Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, attended Adelphi College in Garden City, NY and graduated from the New York State Police Academy and the Municipal Police Crime Prevention School.
Bob was appointed to the New York State Police in 1962, starting his career as a trooper with Troop K at Hawthorne, NY and in late 1962, Bob transferred to Troop G, Loudonville.
As a trooper at Troop G, T/Sgt. Armet worked a wide variety of assignments and also served a period on the New York State Thruway from 1962-1967 when he served as an elected representative for the Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Police, Inc. Upon his return to Troop G, he continued to work varied assignments and in the mid-seventies, became a trained Crime Prevention Officer. He served as a Crime Prevention Officer with Troop G as well as the Explorer Advisor for the State Police Law Enforcement Explorer Post #711. He retired from the New York State Police in 1993 as the Assistant Director of Public Information and Crime Prevention Services. Bob was cited by the NY State Thruway Authority for his suggestion which outlawed open alcoholic beverage containers from motor vehicles and that provision subsequently was incorporated into the NY State Vehicle and Traffic Law to cover highways throughout the State. He received over 23 commendations for outstanding police work with the State Police, including those from the Superintendent of State Police, Troop Commanders, and Zone Commanders. Bob initiated the implementation of a New York State Police 1-800-CURB-DWI line, incorporated "McGruff the Crime Dog" into the program, Smart Safe Kids program, McBear-the Trooper with Ronald McDonald, Scared Stiff and many others. He was a member of the National Troopers Coalition.
He was a member of the Troy City Council, a member of the Troy Board of Education for many years serving as President and active in numerous educational, civic, youth, and church organizations. He received honors from many organizations including the American Legion Department of NY State, the Police Federation, Golub Corporation, Governor's Conference on Crime Prevention, Troy Lodge of Elks and the National Crime Prevention Council. He was a Communicant and a member of the Parish Council of Sacred Heart/St. Williams parish, past officer of the Carroll Hill School PTA, served as President of the PATS Club (Parents, Alumni, Teachers, Students Promoting Arts - Troy Schools), a member of the Board of Directors of the South Troy Community Center and was a member of the committee of the Uncle Sam District Boy Scouts of America. Bob was a recipient of life membership of the NY State Congress of Parents and Teachers, recipient of the 1977 Silver Beaver - Governor Clinton Council Boy Scouts of America, National Board of Honor and honored by explorer Post #711 of the NY State Police, Troop G.
Survivors in addition to his wife include his beloved children, Robert E. Armet, Jr. (Kathryn) of Charlotte, NC, Deborah Akots (John) of Wynantskill, Lisa Nightingale (Thomas) of Ann Arbor, MI and Christine Scannell (Bryan) of Wynantskill; a sister, Susan (Walter) Shemanski of Valley Stream, NY and his cherished grandchildren, Katelyn Armet and Robert Armet III, Hannah M. Akots, Emma, Meg and Lucy Nightingale and Owen and Margaret Grace Scannell.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 9:00 AM at the Bryce Funeral Home Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy and at 9:30 AM at St. William's Church Troy where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Gary Mercure, Pastor.
Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-8 PM.
Interment St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy.
Contributions may be made in memory of Bob Armet to Twin Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America, 253 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12205.