Robert Pratt Wardell

Born  August 8, 1949, Died Dec. 19, 2021.


Robert Pratt Wardell, 72, of Dunkirk, died peacefully Sunday evening (Dec. 19, 2021) at Brooks Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He was born Aug. 8, 1949, in Silver Creek, the son of the late Robert W. Dambach and Margaret (Pratt) Schank.

A lifelong area resident, Robert was a graduate of Silver Creek High School in 1967, Lakemont Academy in Lakemont-on-Seneca, New York in 1968, and attended Alliance College in Cambridge Springs, Pa.

On Aug. 5, 1972 Robert married the love of his life, Janet M. (Jusko) Wardell.

He had retired from ECR International in Dunkirk, where he had worked since 1972. Robert was a Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and San Francisco Giants fan. An avid golfer, he had been a member of Tri-County Country Club in Forestville for more than 50 years.

Survivors include one son, Robert P. Wardell Jr. of Dunkirk; one daughter, Jaime L. (Chad) Cerrie of Dunkirk; sister, Jill (Scott) Earsing of Silver Creek; stepfather, William Schank of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; several nephews; and loyal canine companion, Riley.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet M. (Jusko) Wardell, who died Dec. 11, 2021; and one sister, Judith (Carman) Breeding in 2003.