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Robert E. Fishlock, retired chemical engineer

Jan. 28, 1932 – Feb. 23, 2016

Robert E. Fishlock of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired chemical engineer at Union Carbide’s Linde Division, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was 84.

Born in Cedarvale, he was a member of his high school basketball team and graduated as salutatorian of his class at Onondaga Central High School, where he also was awarded the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award. He received a full scholarship to Syracuse University School of Engineering, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Honor Society and Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society.

He moved to the Buffalo area in 1953, when he joined Union Carbide as a chemical engineer.

He retired in 1988, and worked part-time as a cost engineer consultant and as a tax preparer for H&R Block.

Mr. Fishlock met Virginia Wright at a Kenmore United Methodist Church function. They married in 1954, and celebrated their 61st anniversary last October.

He was an active member of Kenmore United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Corinthian Class and chairman of the Finance Committee. He also served many years on the Niagara Frontier Christian Ministries and Shalom Zone.

Mr. Fishlock researched his family tree, and traveled to England several times to visit his father’s birthplace and to meet relatives.

He also enjoyed collecting coins and stamps, golfing, attending Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, cross country skiing and sailing.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Linda Merkley and Karen Miliotto; a son, David; two brothers, John and Ernest; and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore.