Tribute: Robert Fink

Robert Fink, Sr. 79 of Canfield died Sunday, June 12, at his residence

Robert Fink, Canfield, Ohio - obit

CANFIELD, Ohio – Robert Fink, Sr. 79 of Canfield died Sunday morning at his residence.

Robert was born March 10, 1937 in Youngstown, a son of the late Roy and Mary Sykes Fink and had grown up in Boardman.

Robert served in the Navy Reserves from 1954-1962.

He started out as a Boardman policeman in 1960 and went on to serve as a patrolman, investigator, captain, Assistant Chief and then Chief of Police from 1963-1967 and was the Road Superintendant in Boardman from 1972-1978. In 1974, he invented a simplified roller for leveling blacktop that can be attached to the back of any truck, eliminating the need for a separate rolling machine. Bob owned the Liberty Equipment Company from 1978-1983 and then owned and managed, along with his wife Mary Ellen, Millers RV in Columbiana from 1983 until 1989. Bob developed the Highlands Development in North Lima from 1989-2000. In the same period of time, he also developed the Woodworth Office Complex, which was formerly Lake Park Motel. In 2001, he developed the Beaver Alley Beverage in North Lima, Ohio.

He was a member of the Youngstown Saxon Club, the Catholic War Vets, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Post #3298, the Moose Club and the Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown.

He enjoyed gardening, planting flowers and trees and working in his back yard. Bob loved feeding the birds, the ducks and the fish in his pond. He could fix anything – handy man extraordinaire. He was also owner of four patents.

Bob leaves his loving wife of 34 years, the former Mary Ellen Labuda Hall; a daughter Nancy (Spero) Vasila; three sons, Robert (Chris) Fink, Jr., Curtis Fink and Jason Fink; six grandchildren, Michael (Brittany), Robert III, Paige, Tracy, Jenna, Bradley; and two brothers, Charles Fink and Leonard Fink. Bob also leaves three step-children, Joellen (Richard) Bissett, Derek Hall, Leanne Hall and seven step-grandchildren, Ryan (Alyssa), Jeanna (Rob), Darren, Charlie, Emma, Marissa, Grant and two great step grandsons, Wesley and Cameron.

Besides his parents, Bob was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Fink, David Fink; and two sisters, his twin, Nancy Fink and Janet Callahan.

Per Bob’s wishes there will be calling hours from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Lane Family Funeral Homes, 65 N. Broad Street, Canfield Chapel.

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