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Robert Byno Sr

June 24, 1923 — August 7, 2021

On August 7th, 2021, Robert (Bob) Patrick Byno Sr., passed away at the age of 98 following a short stay at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He is now happily reunited in heaven with his loving wife, Gloria, to celebrate their wedding anniversary on August 18th.

Bob was born in Brooklyn Queens, NY on June 24, 1923 to his parents Theresa [Chester] and John Byno. He grew up in Queens and graduated from P. S. 136 in 1938 and went on to graduate from Andrew Jackson high school. In 1942, World War II was starting up and he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

Bob successfully completed his Bombing Radio Gunner Course at Marine Corps Air Station, El Centro, California. He served in the Pacific Theater, flying 139 Bomber Missions and was honorably discharged in 1945 with multiple medals. Among them was the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944. The U.S. President awarded him the Gold and Bronze Air Medals, including the Bronze and Gold Stars for his meritorious achievements while participating in Aerial Flight from December 20, 1943 to March 28, 1944.

In 1945, he married Gloria Reed and they lived a very happy life together for 72 years raising their five children: daughters Lois (Don) Stunzi, Janice Fitzgibbon, sons Robert Jr. (Michele), William (Connie), Paul (companion, Brandi). Bob is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren who he loved dearly and who admired him with pride and love.

He was pre-deceased by his devoted wife, Gloria, whom he missed every day, and his beloved grandson and proud namesake, Robert (Rob) Patrick Byno III.

During his very fulfilling life he retired from the Nassau County 7th Precinct Police Department. He went on to work for, and later retire from the U.S. Postal Service at Massapequa Park, Long Island, NY.

As a young boy, Bob grew up spending summers camping with his parents and four siblings at Fish Creek. His love for the area continued and he moved his family to Saranac Lake in 1971 where he spent many years working, first as a union carpenter on the bobsled run and ski jumps in preparation for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. His work in the Adirondack region continued as he went on to manage Asplin Tree Farms and finally served as Building Inspector for the Town of Brighton.

Bob was a devout Catholic and achieved the level of 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.

We will all miss this legend of our family. He was our rock and there will always be a piece of us missing. R.I.P. Dad and Semper Fi.

Funeral arrangements are with the Fortune Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. Calling hours are scheduled for Friday, August 13th from 2 to 4p.m. and 7 to 9p.m.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 14th at 10:00a.m. at Church of the Assumption in Gabriels. Burial will immediately follow in the family lot at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Bloomingdale.

Contributions may be made to the Carmelite Nuns in Beacon, NY through the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their condolences at fortunekeoughfuenralhome.com.
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Visitation

Friday, August 13, 2021

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, Inc.

20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

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Second Visitation

Friday, August 13, 2021

7:00 - 9:00 pm (Eastern time)

Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, Inc.

20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

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Service

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Church of the Assumption

New York 86, Gabriels, NY 12939

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