Melvin R. "Bob" Bruno
Date of Death:
March 13, 2010
June 12, 1931
Place of Birth:
Schuyler Falls, NY
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 11:00 AM St. Alexander's Church, Morrisonville, NY
Monday, March 15, 2010 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM at Hamilton Funeral Home Inc., Peru, NY
Melvin R. "Bob" Bruno
Morrisonville - Melvin R. "Bob" Bruno, 78, of Mason Street, Morrisonville, died Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the CVPH Medical Center with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Schuyler Falls, June 12, 1931, the son of Clarence C., Sr. and Florence A. (Brelia) Bruno.
Bob was truly a "man for all seasons".
A Veteran of the Korean War. He served in the 2nd armored division based in Germany.
After his discharge in 1954, he returned home and married Theresa Bedard on June 19, 1954. His racing career began that summer, continuing for many years. He drove the #66 all over New York State and Canada. He was referred to as "a gentleman on the track", so difficult to beat that Airborne Speedway offered a bounty to anyone who could win when he was in the race.
His career in education began with teaching at Northside Elementary on Plattsburgh Air Force Base, finishing as principal at Peru Intermediate School, retiring in 1992.
He began his career in politics in 1960 when he became the youngest person ever elected Supervisor of the Town of Schuyler Falls. While serving as Supervisor he was also a legislator on the Clinton County Board of Supervisors. In this capacity, Bob was instrumental in the establishment of Clinton Community College having offered the resolution which was passed by the Board of Supervisors. In recognition of his great efforts on behalf of the college he was awarded the first Honorary Degree in Humane Letters and was honored with a street on the college campus named, "Bob Bruno Way". He was Chairman of the Clinton County Legislature for several years until his retirement from politics in 1998.
Always involved in community affairs, Bob served as Chairman of the Clinton County Youth Commission and Director of the Youth Commission for the Town of Schuyler Falls. He volunteered and coached a County championship baseball team. He has served as a director of the Clinton County Agricultural and Industrial Fair for forty plus years, several years as President. He also managed the Demolition Derby at the fair for many years. Bob has served on the Advisory Board of the Clinton County Nursing Home since 1998. He was District Director of the Parent/Teacher Association for many years. He was a trustee for the St. Alexander's Church Council for many years.
While involved in so many activities which he enjoyed and which certainly contributed to the betterment of the community, especially for the children of Clinton County, he was never too busy to attend every sporting event his sons were involved in. He was their number one fan and would go to extreme measures in order to be where they were competing. After his sons were out of the sporting competition it soon became the grandchildren for whom he could root, advise and support in their endeavors, be it sports, academics, music, or drama he was there for them. They were the joy of his life and the love was reciprocated by each and every one of the five grandsons and five granddaughters.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Theresa (Bedard) Bruno; sons, Kris Bruno and his wife Kim (Duprey), Keith Bruno and his wife Debra (Baker), Kevin Bruno and his wife Debbie (Bechard), and Kregg Bruno and his wife Bonnie (Benson); grandchildren, Mark Rock, Paul and Nicholas Bruno, Alexis, Sabrina, and Victoria Bruno, Matthew and Kara Bruno, and Christopher and Kathryn Bruno; brothers, Clarence Bruno Jr. and his wife Joyce (Chamberlain) of Hudson Falls, John Bruno and his wife Joan (Bennett) of Schuyler Falls, and Gerald Bruno and his wife Ellen (Peryea) of Schuyler Falls; sisters, Shirley Bowman and her husband Ralph of Carthage and Beverly Varano of Plattsburgh; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John Varano of Ocean Beach, SC, Nora Pinkman of Plattsburgh, Euna and John Liberty of Port Kent and New Port Ritchie, FL, Carol Whisher of AuSable Forks and Sarasota, FL, Ernest and Linda Bedard of Harkness, John Traeger of Syracuse, Ellen Coates of Peru, Tommy Coates of Dover, Del, Jennie and Andy Tomassi of Barre, VT, Sally Gibson of Peru, Randy Gibson of Peru, Judy Bedard of Morrisonville, Phyllis and Robert Owens of Falls Church, VA, Philip and Linda (McFarlene) of Jay, and Roy and Laura (Manley) of Peasleeville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lawrence and Fay Bedard, Edmund Bedard, and Alice Bedard Traeger
Calling hours will be held Monday, March 15, 2010 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 11am at St. Alexander's Church in Morrisonville with Rev. Scott R. Seymour, parish pastor, celebrating. Full military honors will follow the Mass outside of the church. Committal prayers and burial will be in the spring in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Clinton Community College Foundation.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru.