Robert F. Caughill Sr., a former engineer at Harrison Radiator, died Monday in Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, Calif., after a brief illness. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Caughill earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson College of Technology.
He worked at Harrison Radiator for 41 years and retired in 1982 as assistant chief engineer. He earned four patents during his design years. He moved to California shortly after retirement.
Mr. Caughill was a member of the Olcott Yacht Club and Lockport Power Squadron and had been vice commodore and commodore of the Island Yacht Club from 1974 to 1976.
He was also a member of the Tuscarora Club; Lockport Town & Country Club; Knights of Columbus; American Society of Naval Engineers; the American Ordnance Association; Lewiston Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America; and a board member and president of Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital from 1970 to 1977.
He enjoyed fishing, Scouting, skiing, sports and travel.
His wife, Doris Shimer Caughill, died in 1981.
Survivors include three sons, Robert F. Jr. of California, William D. of Buffalo and Bruce J. of Marcellus; two brothers, Frederick N. of Kenmore and Norman J. of Baltimore; a sister, Elizabeth Walker-Scholl of Connecticut; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 168 Chestnut St. Burial will be in Cold Spring Cemetery.