Robert H. Meyer, the former chief of the Pound Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, died on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the age of 88, according to his obituary.
Before becoming a firefighter, Meyer began his career in 1953 as an electrician in the Navy until he was honorably discharged in 1957. In addition to working on a nuclear submarine during this time, Meyer also became a union electrical worker and a foreman after his Navy service.
In 1959, Meyer married his wife, Jackie, and the two settled down in Mount Vernon where they had their son, Michael. The family eventually moved to Pound Ridge in 1968 after building their own home.
After moving to Pound Ridge, Meyer joined the town's fire department in 1970 as a volunteer firefighter. He rose up in the ranks and eventually became chief for six years and a commissioner for over 25 years, according to the department.
In total, he spent 53 years with the department. During this time, he "exemplified the meaning of brother in the fire service," the department said in a social media post eulogizing Meyer.
"His absence is sharply felt within the ranks of Pound Ridge Volunteer Fire Department," the department added.
In addition to his work and dedication to serving his town, Meyer loved being out on the open water during numerous cruises he spent with Jackie, going to destinations such as Alaska and the Panama Canal.
He also loved camping, fishing, and was an avid practical joker, his obituary said.
A service for Meyer will be held on Friday, Sept. 15 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah at 4 Woodsbridge Rd. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 16 at St. Mary's Church in Katonah at 55 Valley Rd.
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