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Died peacefully on January 2, 2021 surrounded by his family. He was 78 years old. Born in Rochester, NY on March 25, 1942. His father Philip passed away when Bob was 4 years old, and he was raised by his mother, Betty (Goronkin) Gutkin. He and his sister had a continuous family adventure surrounded by many uncles, aunts and cousins as part of the large and loving Goronkin family.
Bob met his life-long partner when he was 13 years old, Rochelle (Rosenbaum). They stayed together through high school and have been married for 59 years.
Bob owned Dynalab Corp for over 55 years and grew the company to the largest private label manufacturer and distributor of reusable plastic laboratory products.
Bob believed in giving back to the community and to Jewish institutions. He was a past chairman of the board of the University of Rochester Medical Center and co-chaired with his good friend (the two Bob’s), Bob Hurlbut, the campaign that raised over $30 million for the Kornberg Building. He served on the board of the Jewish Community Federation, the Jewish Home of Rochester, the Heart Association and was past President of Irondequoit Country Club.
Bob loved and was devoted to his family. He was predeceased by his father, Philip, and his mother, Betty (Goronkin). He is survived by his wife, Rochelle; children, Paula & Jeffrey (Gianine Burgo) Gutkin and Laura (M. David) Shemancik; beloved grandchildren, who he adored so much, Jared Shemancik, Talia and Pavel Gutkin. He is also survived by his much-loved sister Sandra Warren and many wonderful nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank his caring and dedicated doctors Diego Cahn-Hidalgo, John Bisognano, Robert Horowitz, Chunkit Fung and John Condemi.
Due to COVID restrictions, a private graveside service was held in Britton Road Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Rochester Medical Center, Cancer Wellness Connections, 7 Brickstone Drive, Pittsford NY 14534 [LINK] Temple Beth El, 139 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610 [LINK]or the Jewish Community Federation of Rochester, 255 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14604 [LINK].

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