Robert B. McInerney (“Mac”) passed away unexpectedly at home on June 11, 2018, with his wife at his side.
Bob was born on August 17, 1924, in Waterbury, CT, the son of Francis and Helen Ahearn McInerney. He spent his childhood in Waterbury, and graduated from Crosby High School. In 1943 he joined the Navy and valiantly served his country in World War II. Bob was especially proud to have served on a Landing Ship Tank (LST) during the Allied amphibious assault on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Over the course of several months in the summer of 1944, his LST 54 crossed the English Channel fifty-six times, bringing vitally needed tanks, personnel, and war materials to the American troops on Omaha Beach, and transporting casualties back to Southampton, England.
After the war, Bob graduated from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He was first assigned to Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio and then to Griffiss AFB, Rome, New York. Upon arriving in Rome, Bob met Maryann Gannon and the two were married in St. Peter’s Church on February 20, 1953.
Bob worked as a supervisory contract specialist for the Continental Communications Division of the Air Force Communication Command at Griffiss AFB. Among his many special assignments was his procurement work with the North American Air Defense System covering Alaska, Greenland, Iceland and Denmark. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve in 1984. He later worked as a Rome representative for numerous defense contractors after his retirement from civil service.
Bob was active in the community and volunteered in many organizations associated with the various pursuits of his five children. He was a member of Teugega Country Club, Lake Delta Yacht Club, Griffiss Ski Club, and the Military Officers Association of America. His favorite pastime was playing golf at Teugega Country Club, where he was a member for sixty-two years. He loved to ski with his family and friends at Woods Valley Ski Area in Westernville, along with destinations in Vermont, Colorado, California, and Utah. He treasured member-guest tournaments and golf trips with his son, winters in Arizona with his daughter, and family gatherings on James Street and Van Tassel Lane. The family home near Franklyn’s Field was a popular gathering spot for over fifty years.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Maryann; a son, Tom McInerney of Richmond, VA; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Sheila McInerney of Chandler, AZ, Kathy and Joe Olney of Rome, NY, Maureen and John Nash of Rome, NY; and a daughter-in-law, Debbie McInerney of Bloomfield, CT. He leaves behind eight grandchildren, Erin (Chris) Smith of Williamsburg, VA, Meghan (Andrew) Murray of Brooklyn, NY, Kelsey McInerney of Brooklyn, NY, Jay Olney of New York, NY, Julie Olney of Rome, NY, Sheila Olney of Rome, NY, Anthony (Rebecca) Nash of Oceanside, NY, and Jessica (Mark) Fanfarillo of Rome, NY. Also surviving are two great-grandchildren, along with seven nieces and nephews in Connecticut. Bob was predeceased by a son, Timothy McInerney; a great-grandson, Michael Fanfarillo; a brother, Francis McInerney; and two sisters, Mary Gibbons and Catherine Carey.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, with the Rev. Robert Kelly officiating. Interment will take place in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Friends may call at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome, on Friday, June 15, from 4 -7 p.m. Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to the St. Paul’s Church Memorial Fund, 1807 Bedford St, Rome, NY 13440 or to the Timothy J. McInerney Scholarship Fund, c/o Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 173, Rome, NY 13442.
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