Robert Gaffney

Robert "Bob" Gaffney

Wednesday, May 5th, 1943 - Saturday, March 21st, 2020
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Robert “Bob” Gaffney, 76, passed away on March 21st, 2020, at home in Mt. Lebanon with his family. He is survived by his wife Liana (Vaira), with whom he enjoyed more than 51 years of marriage, children Rachel (Andy) and Adam (Leigh-Anne), and Adam’s children Grayson, Dylan, and Ansleigh Gaffney. Born in Cumberland, Maryland, to James T. and Virginia L. (Wolford) Gaffney, he is also survived by his sister, Carol Ann Gaffney, who still lives in Cumberland.
Those who knew him will remember his sense of humor and appreciation for life and loved ones. Bob joked about inventing fantastical stories of his accomplishments for his obituary (“astronaut who pioneered space travel”), but as his family and friends know, no exaggeration is necessary to describe him because he was truly an exceptional individual. He was a talented and humble athlete, reticent to be recognized for his achievements: he excelled at playing football (named to the All-Maryland team in his senior year of high school and then winning a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh), and he played golf like a pro (twice hitting holes-in-one, while managing to make those stylish golf outfits look both sporting and debonair). In his culinary wisdom, cheeseburgers were renamed “nature’s most perfect food,” and who could argue with that? Banking was his profession (achieving leadership honors in each organization), but his true talent at work and in life was nurturing people to be and do their best. He will be missed by all of those whose lives he touched. Please visit the online Book of Memories to share stories and messages, and donations in his memory can be made to your favorite charitable organization.
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Cathy Blank

Posted at 07:53pm
My connection to Bob is through my close friendship with his sister Carol. Carol admired her brother and was always extremely proud of his accomplishments. She was so close to him and his beautiful wife and family, and she would always fill me in on the happenings in his life. I grieve for all of them, but especially for Carol. It’s heartbreaking to know how much she will miss him. Sending my love to her, and Bob’s family..Fondly, Cathy Blank

Don Helker

Posted at 12:33pm
While the notification of friends death is somewhat expected as we move along in the aging process, Bob's passing came as a complete shock to me this morning. We were best of friends throughout our years at Allegany. I have many wonderful memories of Mr. & Mrs. Gaffney who treated me as a second son in their close knit family. I was honored to have Bob as my best man my wedding and happy for him as he met and married Liana. Our friendship continued over the years as we both moved forward in separate career paths, but, we always made time to check in with each other to catch up on our families as much as time would allow.
Sondra joins me in sending our deepest sympathy to his entire family. We pray that in the days ahead that the deep grief that you now feel will lessen leaving behind only the happy memories you shared. The world has lost someone very special.

Don and Sondra Helker

gary mulligan

Posted at 10:27am
I can't think of my youth without remembering Bob Gaffney. We lived 6-8 blocks apart in the North End. We went to the same elementary school, high school , played together on the same sports teams (football, basketball and track). We graduated from AHS in 61. I remember 10 yr. old Cub Scouts watching Queen Elizabeth coronation in Bob's living room in 1953. Bob was humble, shy, often deflecting his praise to others, caring and intelligent. Bob was a good man.
Gary & Marcia Mulligan

John D’Angelo

Posted at 03:40pm
No words can explain the loss we feel. Being Bob’s friend was truly an honor. His humility, decency, kindness and sense of humor are qualities in short supply in today’s world. Although the time we knew Bob was short, our lives will be forever changed by his friendship. Our comfort lies in the hours of laughter that we shared with you both. We will always think of Bob with a smile on our faces.
John and Michele D’Angelo

Paul Pfeiffer

Posted at 03:24pm
Bob was truly an outstanding athlete and certainly, his athletic abilities, along with so many talented teammates did create many fond memories of the domination of AHS in both local and state athletics. I will remember Bob for his humility, and also his friendship and kindness to others. I wish Peace to his family and to all of those that loved him. Bob was an iconic part of our class of ‘61 and I’m saddened in hearing of his death. God bless and God speed!

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