Robert “Turk” Tammany of Selkirk, NY, entered into eternal rest with our Lord at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY, on September 19, 2020, after a brave and valiant battle with cancer. Born in Queens Village, NY on February 20, 1956, Bob was the son of the late Frances Ciliberti Tammany and Edward Tammany. The family moved to Saugerties in 1970 and Bob attended and graduated from Saugerties High School, class of 1974. Throughout his youth Bob was active in sports playing baseball and football, even taking up ice hockey as an adult playing in a Men’s League in Bethlehem, NY.
After graduating from high school he worked in construction for many years and then pursued a career as a New York State Corrections Officer, retiring in 2010.
Bob will always be remembered as a quiet, contemplative, and thoughtful man who loved God and was guided by His faith. An avid sports lover, he was a long time fan of the New York Mets and he fondly recalled the 1969 World Series when his teacher at St. Joachim and Ann’s school in Queens Village,Sister Susan, who was from Baltimore, allowed them to watch the day games in the classroom! He was also a New York Rangers fan as well as being the number one fan of the RPI hockey team. In his younger days he loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and spent many Sunday afternoons riding with friends.
Most recently as an active member of Kings Chapel Church in Glenmont, NY, where his faith in Christ sustained him, he organized and performed in the annual Christmas play, taught Vacation Bible study classes, and created the church library. Always moved by his love for children, he sponsored children from impoverished countries through Compassion International. Bob brought Compassion to his brothers and sisters at King’s and proudly kept every note sent to him from the children whose lives he touched. His passionate interest in helping children was inspired by his special friend, Ryan Terwilliger.
Robert will be remembered by his family as being independent, hard working, grandma’s favorite (because he got away with everything), and a man of few words who always appreciated a good comedy, a witty comeback, classic rock mixed in with a little Elvis, and classic old movies.
Predeceased by his parents Frances and Edward Tammany, and his grandparents Lucrezia and Corrado Ciliberti, he is survived by his sisters Maureen VanDeusen and her husband Neal of Hudson, NY, LuAnn Fetcho and her husband, Rick of Linwood, NJ and Helen Francello and her husband, Tom of Glasco, NY as well as his nieces Meagan Mackerer and her husband Andrew of Cherry Hill, NJ, Allyson Fetcho of Margate, NJ, and nephews Mark VanDeusen (Courtney McDonald) of Hudson, NY, Eric Fetcho (Betsy Ash) of Sacramento, California, Michael Francello and his wife Rebecca Thornton, of Brooklyn Heights, NY, his aunts, Jenny Gurry of Sayville, Long Island, and Dolly Ciliberti of Bay Shore, Long Island, and his great nephews Noah and Benjamin Mackerer of Cherry Hill, NJ. Many cousins survive from Long Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Arizona. Bob is also survived by his Pastor and friend Lou Giampaglia of Voorheesville, NY.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5 - 7 pm at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., cor. of John and Lafayette, Sts., Saugerties. His Memorial Service will be held Tuesday at 7pm at Kings Chapel Church, Glenmont NY, 12077. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to Compassion International at compassion.com, or, United World Missions LLC, 205 Regency Executive Park Dr., Charlotte, NC 28217 or Kings Chapel Church 440 Route 9W, Glenmont, NY 12077.
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