AMerican Veteran 11

Robert Salerno

February 12, 1939 ~ September 26, 2022 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Obituary

B. Robert Salerno (Bobby)
Bobby Salerno was born in Port Chester on February 12, 1939, to the late Edward and Mary Salerno. The eldest of four children, he attended Port Chester schools, growing up in the Village’s Washington Park enclave. He was a parishioner and alter server at Corpus Christi Church. As a gifted young athlete, he could be found playing ball at Abendroth Park and the neighborhood church’s “Priest’s Lots”. Little League Baseball came to Port Chester. Bob participated in its very first season as a star player for the Holy Name Bears. He was a Village Little League All-Star for three consecutive years (’49 -’51). Port Chester’s 1950 All-Star team defeated Wellsville, NY and were crowned NY State Champs. They were scheduled to meet Westerly Rhode Island for the Regional Championship, with the winner going to the World Series in Williamsport Pennsylvania. An outbreak of polio prevented them from playing in the Regional. They were replaced by the team they defeated. After high school, Bob worked as a roofing laborer, eventually enlisting into the United States Army in November of 1960. As a member of Third Army during the Cold War, he was stationed in West Germany, serving as a message center radio operator. His unit was on constant alert during the construction of the Berlin Wall and throughout the Cuban Missile Crisis. Bob was Honorably Discharged on November 20, 1963. Upon returning home after serving his country, he joined an industrial catering
firm. In 1969, he became a founding member of Coffee Coach Caterers until his retirement in 1990. Bob was a gifted and natural card player, frequenting many of the Village’s social clubs. His love and admiration for both Frank Sinatra and Willie Mays are legendary. He was a member of the Port Chester Old Timers Athletic Association and served as Sergeant at Arms for many years. Bob Boo was a PC cornerstone, loved by all and famous for telling it like it is! Bob is survived by his devoted and loving wife Dianna Hillmann Salerno of Port Chester; his son Robert
and his wife Tatiana of South Salem; son Mark of Yonkers; grandchildren Samantha, Matthew, and Luke; brother Richard and his wife Debra; sister Eleanor and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother (Edward Jr.)
Visitation will be 4-8PM on Friday September 30, 2022 at Craft Memorial Home, Inc.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30AM on Saturday October 1, 2022 at Corpus Christi Church 136 South Regent St. Port Chester, NY. Interment to follow at Greenwood Union Cemetery Rye, NY
Memorial donations in memory of Bobby made be made to the American Lung Association or the American Heart Association


 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
September 30, 2022

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Craft Memorial Home, Inc.
40 Leicester Street
Port Chester, NY 10573

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
October 1, 2022

9:30 AM
Saint John Bosco Church (Corpus Christi)
136 South Regent Street
Port Chester, NY 10573

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
October 1, 2022

Greenwood Union Cemetery
4 North Street
Rye, NY 10580

Donations

American Heart Association
PO Box 417005, Boston MA 02241
Web: http://www.heart.org

American Lung Association
460 Totten Pond Road, Waltham MA 02451

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