Bob Monroe is the Youngstown Citizen of the Yearby jpauly
Village of Youngstown Citizen of the Year
Robert Monroe has been chosen by Village of Youngstown Mayor Raleigh Reynolds and Trustees as the 2016 Village of Youngstown Citizen of the Year. Bob is willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it. He is quick to volunteer to help and has made life a little easier and enjoyable for many in the community.
The Village of Youngstown has been home for Bob and his wife Pat of twenty eight years, along with their cat JJ. Bob grew up in Niagara Falls and worked for twenty eight years for the Niagara Falls Police Department as the head of the Dispatch Department. Moving from Niagara Falls to Youngstown was an easy transition. Bob's parents lived in Youngstown and in 1989 Bob and Pat moved into a house right around the corner. Bob and Pat love living in Youngstown, taking time to attend many community events. Having been retired for the past eleven years, Bob enjoys keeping busy by helping others and fixing things that need repair. Pat refers to him as a "tinkerer", one who will find a way to fix anything!
Helping others has always been something Bob has done. From neighbors to friends to family members, Bob has been there to help. Having been a caretaker for his mother was always a priority; however he has always made time for others. He was a devoted son to his parents and also a devoted son in law to Pat's parents. Bob's observant nature has made him the unofficial neighborhood house watchman. He has watched over homes for those going on vacation, taken people to doctor appointments, fixed everything from garage doors to security cameras for others. Bob is happy to do this for all of his neighbors or anyone that would ask. The neighborhood and friends just seem to know to "call Bob".
In his spare time, Bob enjoys watching animals in his yard. He even built a special squirrel contraption for the squirrels to have their own food. He also likes to read books involving anything technical and watching science inspired TV channels. The Big Bang Theory is one of his favorites! Bob and Pat have traveled around the county and along those travels have enjoyed looking for antique phones. His antique phone collection is quite extensive and impressive as well has his collection of heirloom family photographs.
Mayor Reynolds put it best saying "Bob was chosen for this award because he is an "unsung Hero" to all of his neighbors, friends and family in the Village. He is continuously looking out for and checking on everyone in the neighborhood. It is not unusual for him to show up at a neighbor's door with the simple and unassuming request - "Anything you need?" The Village of Youngstown is a friendly community where people look out for one another and Bob goes above and beyond to demonstrate these qualities."
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Raleigh Reynolds and the Village of Youngstown Trustees are proud to honor Robert "Bob" Monroe as the 2016 Village of Youngstown Citizen of the Year.