Robert E. “Bob” Tones, 84, of Penn Yan, passed away June 28, 2017 in Lady Lake, Fla.
Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Weldon Funeral Home, 102 East Main St., Penn Yan, where the service will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, donations will be graciously accepted by the Penn Yan Rotary (P.O. Box 512, Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527) or the Penn Yan Elks Lodge #1722 (133 Main St., Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527).
He was born on July 28, 1932 in Penn Yan to Martin Tones and Ida Carey Tones. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1950 and worked for New York State Electric and Gas before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952. Upon his return in 1954, he joined the family business, Martin Tones Garage. Partnering with his brother, Martin, Bob devoted his career to the growth of the business, and they secured a General Motors franchise, selling and servicing large trucks and buses. He retired in 2000 and began splitting time between his beloved Keuka Lake and The Villages, Fla. Bob was a member of the Penn Yan Rotary and Penn Yan Elks Lodge. He enjoyed golf and, for many years, was an active member of Lakeside Country Club. He also had a love of antique cars, especially his MG. He spent much time bowling, boating, watching NASCAR, and serving as grill master for his loving family.
Bob is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ellen Tones, and his children, Debra (David) Randall, Lorrie (Richard) Enos, Karen (Ed) LeRoy, and Christine Norton Reynolds. He adored his grandchildren, Allyson Diefenbach, Cameron Randall, Jared Enos, Lindsey Bayly, Alyssa Randall, Jess Enos, Patrick Bayly, Scott Bayly, Mikayla Reynolds, Bradley Reynolds, and Briana LeRoy; and his greatgrandchild, Jase Green.