Robert McGinty Jr.

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ALLEGANY - Robert McGinty Jr., of Allegany, passed away peacefully at home Monday (Oct. 8, 2018).

Born Sept. 30, 1933, in Brooklyn, he was the son of Robert and Louise Beatty McGinty Sr. On Nov. 1, 1958, at the former St. John the Baptist Church in Chipmonk, he married Geraldine L. Giardini, who predeceased him Jan. 17, 2007.

Robert attended the Manhattan School of Aviation and was a Golden Gloves boxer at that time. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951 and served during the Korean War. He was in the Army Security Agency and was stationed in Alaska. Later he was an instructor at Ft. Devon in Massachusetts for a year, at which time he received an honorable discharge in 1953.

He began his career in 1955 as a New York State Trooper. In the latter years he served the agency as an Investigator for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation until his retirement in 1979.

He was always dedicated to the work of the American Legion and served as a former Cattaraugus County Commander as well as past commander for the Allegany American Legion Charles Harbel Post 892. He initiated the Bath VA visits, the placement of the tank in front of the Post as well as helping charter the Sons of the American Legion in Allegany. He also formed the Allegany team that played in the American Legion Baseball League. For many years he was active with the Legion's ritual team.

Surviving are four daughters, Carrie McGinty of Allegany, Kathleen (Brian) Eaton of Allegany, and twins Kelly (Louis) Woodgie of Allegany and Christie (Scott) Brook of Olean; six grandchildren, Santana Questa, Joshua (Amanda) Eaton, Eric (Teresa Raines) Eaton, Dakota (Lindsey) Woodgie, Shianne Woodgie and Kyle Brook; two great-grandchildren, Caleb Raines and Oona Eaton; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Howard McGinty; a sister, Betty Armstrong; and a nephew, Gregory McGinty

Friends will be received from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 13, 2018) at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean. A memorial service will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the funeral home, conducted by the Rev. Carrie Wolfe. Full military honors will immediately follow at St. Bonaventure Cemetery and will be accorded by the ritual team of the Allegany American Legion Charles Harbel Post 892.

Memorials may be made to Homecare and Hospice, 1225 W. State St., Olean, NY 14760; or to the Allegany American Legion, 4350 NY-417, Allegany, NY 14706.

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Casey Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home
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Olean, NY 14760
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Published in The Olean Times Herald from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11, 2018
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