Obituaries

Robert J. Salvador
Died: Oct 14, 2019
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On Monday, October 14, 2019, Robert J. Salvador, loving husband, father of eleven, grandfather of twenty-four, and great-grandfather of two, passed away at the age of 89.

Robert J. Salvador (Bob) was born on May 4, 1930 in the Bronx, NY to Louis and Rose (Foley) Salvador. Bob attended Gorton High School where he played baseball & football. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served overseas in Germany. Later he attended and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Geology. After a brief sojourn in California, Bob returned to New York. He married Patricia A. Shaefer on July 21, 1962 in Yonkers, where they began their lives. In 1970, they moved to Putnam Valley, where they resided for 48 years until they moved to Poughkeepsie, in 2018. They raised six sons, and four daughters. For most of his career, Bob worked for the New York State Department of Labor, from which he was retired.

Bob was a devout Roman Catholic his entire life, and his faith in God’s eternal love was the foundation on which he built his life. He was also devoted to his family, especially his wife of 55 years and their descendants, as well as his parents, his siblings, and his many nieces and nephews. After these, Bob loved baseball (and other sports) and learning almost equally to teaching others his lessons learned in life and sports. Bob was known to many as a youth baseball coach for the Shrub Oak Athletic Club and as a religious education (CCD) teacher in the St. Columbanus Catholic Parish, where he taught for more than 40 years. Bob was known to all for his sense of humor and as an avid storyteller. He was quick to begin one of his many, many personal and fantastic stories, which sometimes made one question the boundaries of their own reality, but always made one laugh and learn and experience his rich life through his unique eyes.

Robert (Bob) was preceded in death by his father, Louis, his mother, Rose, his brother, Gerard, and his son, Christopher. Robert (Bob) is survived by his wife Patricia (Pat) and their 10 children and spouses– Joseph and Hope-Sutton, Catherine, Teresa and Jeff (Black), Patricia and Bob (Conklin), John and Kristi, Paul, Regina, Mark and Jennifer, Peter and Sara, and Michael, his 24 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, his brother Jim and his sister Rosanne Martin.

The family of Robert J. Salvador will receive friends on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME, Morrissey Drive, Putnam Valley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday at 11 AM at the Church of the North American Martyrs in Putnam Valley and interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery.