McCormick, Robert F.
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Robert Francis McCormick was many things throughout his life - a caddy, a trapper, a bouncer and bartender, a golfer and trumpet player, a pipeline workman, a church builder, a waste management laborer, a waiter, dishwasher, and busboy, a college graduate, a CPA, a volunteer fireman, a hunter, a fisherman, and a farmer, a corporate and fiduciary leader, and a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a leader in his community, a caring and generous friend to many, and a dedicated family man.
Bob or "Mac" (as he was known to some) died September 13th, 2013. He was 61 years old, born in Lima, Ohio April 4th 1952 to the late Bernard Hugh and Ramona (Music) McCormick.
Bob was a sedulous worker in every area of his life. He helped to build a fledgling company into an internationally successful brand over nearly 40 years with PUIG, USA. He devoted time, energy, and labor to his neighbors, whether protecting his community as a volunteer firefighter, clearing the local driveways of snow, or lending a hand to local churches and charitable organizations. In exchange, his neighbors tolerated his passion for charcoal grilling and wood splitting.
In recent years, Bob turned his attention towards the reclamation and renovation of a former dairy farm in Gillett, Pennsylvania. With friends and family, he restored the house and barn, ran some impressive farm equipment, built an extensive irrigation system, improved the waterfowl environment, and planted an orchard. Bob was an outdoorsman at heart. He relished time spent with family and friends at the farm, hunting, fishing, and sharing good food. He took a deep, quiet pride in his labor, never bragging, but always delighted to share the fruits of his work with others.
Bob was a life-long learner. The last two books he was reading were about increasing corn crop yields and quantum mechanics. Bob's strength, breadth, and stature, combined with his signature "eyebrow raised" smile were only overshadowed by his many hard earned accomplishments.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Hugh Sr. and his brother Bernard Hugh Jr. They will be fishing somewhere today.
Bob is survived by his mother, Ramona (Music) McCormick of Florida; his wife of 38 years, Kyrina (Cabezas) McCormick; his two sons, Matthew, Bernard and wife Alicia, his grandson Quin, as well as his daughter Christine, all of New York.
Bob is also survived by his five siblings: sister, Marie, brother Thomas and wife Mary and their children, all of Florida; brother, Daniel and wife Maryellen and their children, as well as William and wife Claire and their children, all of Pennsylvania; and his brother Timothy, in Australia.
Private services will be held at Bentley Creek Cemetery in Ridgebury, PA. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to McKenna Farms Therapy (http://www.mckennafarmstherapy.org/). There will be a memorial service in Westchester, NY mid-October. Anyone interested in attending should contact Bob's son, Bernard (email@example.com)
Published in the The Journal News on Sept. 18, 2013