N.Y. Park Owner's Death Sparks Volunteerism
As relatives, friends and neighbors of Bobby Stiles pitched in at the Breezy Point Campground near Scio, N.Y., and Bob's Septic Service this week, they all said the same thing.
They said he always had a smile on his face, according to the Wellsville Daily Reporter.
Stiles, 44, passed away last week in the emergency room at Jones Memorial Hospital. He and his wife, Charlene, ran the Breezy Point for the last five years or so. They also owned the septic service. Since his death, relatives, friends and some seasonal campers have been helping out at both businesses. People have stopped by each day or whenever they could.
Charlene Stiles said her husband never wanted to charge a septic service customer for something that wasn't necessary.
"Just the way Bobby was … we always treated people fairly," she said. "He was always courteous. When people called to have their tank pumped and it didn't need to be pumped, he was always very honest."
Butch Jackson, who lived across the road from the campground, said each would sometimes help with work on the other's property.
"He offered to pay me when he took over the campgrounds. I said no," Jackson said. "He was one of those guys who would give you the shirt off his back."
Jackson's wife, Kathy, said, "He had Butch dig holding tanks for him. We never asked for a dime.
"We always yelled at him to slow that truck down coming in here," Kathy Jackson recalled, jokingly.
Charlie Boom, Bobby Stiles' father-in-law, who was running the tractor earlier this week, said, "Bob was a great son-in-law, the kind of guy who would do anything for you."
Camper Don Mack said he remembered Stiles from Dresser-Rand in Wellsville, where Stiles worked for 17 years. Mack was working on the grounds earlier this week.
"I knew Bobby before he took over the campground. He was the personnel manager at the plant where I worked," Mack said. Mack said Stiles was good at handling labor negotiations on behalf of the plant.
"He was one of the few people in personnel the union ever had respect for," he said. "He knew when a little give-and-take was called for."
Emory Pulver was raking stones out of the dirt so seeds may be planted. He volunteered there to complete 10 hours of community service through his foster program. Pulver said he lives down the road from the campground. He said he heard about Stiles' passing through his foster mother and his bus driver, a Scio Central School District employee.
Penny Lehman, Charlene Stiles' sister, said a bunch of seasonal campers came in to weed, mow and clean lots. She said some students planned to come from Scio Central School, but were told their help wasn't needed.
"So many people came in last night (Tuesday) and did a lot," Lehman said. "Those kids were more than welcome to come up on a weekend other than a holiday weekend and have a free day."
Charlene Stiles said there were a lot of people and businesses to thank for the help they've given in the last few days. She said that list even includes a competitor of Bob's Septic Service – Dan Shea of Dan Shea Septic Tank Services of Wellsville.
"They're helping pump tanks to keep the septic in business," Charlene Stiles said.
She said the Beef Haus in Wellsville and the Wellsville Full Gospel Church both brought food earlier this week so volunteers working on the grounds could be fed.
"Kim Perkins, a waitress at the Beef Haus, has been for the last two days helping, running the business up here," Charlene Stiles said Tuesday. "People from the church have been bringing food up since Thursday (May 14).
"They didn't want me to do anything. They set it up, they tore it down. They left it here so we could put the luncheon on today (Tuesday)?for the people who are here," she said. "It's a blessing to have friends and family that I have. So many cards and food and so much stuff has come up here. They've sent flowers right up here to the campgrounds."
"Some of them worked (Monday) while i was at the funeral. The Wellsville Full Gospel Church has hired someone to help me minimum one day a week, whenever I need him," she said. "My cousin flew up from North Carolina to stay with me also, so I wasn't alone."
Rose Derrick of the Wellsville Full Gospel Church said, "We got to know Bob and Charlene because they'd have a chapel service on Sunday mornings."
The service was for campers who were around Sunday mornings. People from the church took turns leading it, Derrick said.