Robert V. Gianniny

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Gianniny, Robert V.

Brighton: February 16, 2014. Bob was born July 9, 1924 in Irondequoit. He was raised there and after his graduation from Irondequoit High School he joined the US Army. He was shipped to the Pacific Theater where he served in Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Philippines where he was wounded in the invasion of Cebu Island. He graduated from Syracuse University and Albany Law School and practiced law in Rochester in the firm of Middleton, Gianniny and Boylan, which later became Boylan Brown. Upon retirement from the law, he joined his sons in the real estate development business, developing, among others, Linden Oaks Office Park. Bob served on several boards of nonprofits. For many years he was on the board of the Memorial Art Gallery serving as president. He also spent many years on the boards of Albany Law School and Genesee Country Village and Museum. Others included Compeer, The Landmark Society and the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

Bob leaves his wife of 64 years, Joanne, his son, Bruce (Dana) Gianniny, his son, Mark (Cynthia) Gianniny, and his daughter, Gayle (Bob) Stiles; grandchildren, Mark Jr, (Maggie) Gianniny, Amanda Gianniny, Lauren(Brad) Boyer, Blake Gianniny, Sarah (Guillaume) de la Villarmois, Allison Stiles, Max Gianniny, Carolyn Stiles, Joanne Stiles, Jack Gianniny and Danny Gianniny, and great grandchildren, Mark Gianniny III, Charlotte Gianniny and Henry Boyer. He was a loving grandfather, known as Pooh who instituted Pooh school of business and economics for his grandchildren and served as magician at many birthday parties. His family considered him to be a Renaissance man, creating lovely sculpture, paintings, jewelry and rose gardens. His friends will remember his competitive nature in golf, backgammon and, well,…. just about anything. We will miss his warmth, his wonderful story telling, and his ability to see the humor in many situations.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, 11 AM at First Baptist Church of Rochester, 175 Allens Creek Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14626, and Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford, NY 14511, To share a memory of Bob or send a condolence to the family visit


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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2014
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