YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Robert J. Hernan, Sr., 92, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Bob was born on July 26, 1930 in Youngstown, the son of Michael and Mary James Hernan.
He graduated from Ursuline High School in 1949 and was a proud member of the Irish football team.
As a young man, he worked for the B&O railroad before starting with Republic Steel in Warren. After 30 years, in 1985, he retired from the plant as a general foreman in the transport department. Bob believed in working hard and playing hard. He owned Bob’s Custard in Austintown for several years.
Bob enjoyed vacationing with his family and friends, as well as spending time camping at Holiday Camplands in Andover.
Bob met the love of his life, Mary Margaret Anderson, at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. They were married at Saint Joseph Church in Youngstown, Ohio on September 7, 1957, sadly she passed away on September 21, 2004.
After retiring, Bob and his family moved to Richmond, Virginia. He lived there for several years where he enjoyed visiting Williamsburg and the many attractions of Virginia. Bob also worked for Heckingers while he was in Virginia. He returned to the Youngstown area and made Austintown his home, until his wife’s death. Bob then moved to Florida in 2005, living in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas. Bob continued to work, in Florida, for Gotham Optical, Premium Optics and Korrect Optical.
Bob loved his family, his religion and sports. Bob was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of Saint Gregory Parish in Florida. He participated in many Catholic groups. He was very active in cursillos and parish activities. Bob recited the Rosary daily. He loved to share his memories of all the college and professional sporting events he participated in. Bob loved Notre Dame, especially the football team. He tried never to miss an opportunity to attend or watch their matches. He was very proud to have served as an usher at Notre Dame with his son Ed for several years. Bob also enjoyed attending Miami Dolphins games and participating in training camp each year around his birthday.
Bob leaves to cherish his memory his children, Mary Ellen Sisson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Patricia Sheldon of Austintown, Ohio, Robert J. (Brenda) Hernan of Canfield, Ohio, Michael J. (Victoria Matasy) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Edward, Gregory and Jeff Hernan, of Austintown, Ohio and his grandchildren, Stacy (Douglas), Patrick (Serenity) Scott, Phillip, Stefanie, Andrea (Matthew), Rachael (Jeremy), Jennifer, Shannon and Justin. Bob also leaves behind nine great-grandchildren, Orion, Eric, DJ, Dylan, Aiden, Owen, Paisley, Adalyn and Marlo and one great-great-grandchild, Paisley. Bob leaves many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Bob was predeceased by his wife, Mary Margaret; son, Daniel; parents, Michael and Mary and siblings, Frank Hernan, baby William Hernan, James Hernan, Sue Craig, Mary Johnson, William (Bill) Hernan, Florence Shaffo and Carole Huzicka.
Family and friends may call Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Edwards Church, 240 Tod Lane, Youngstown, OH 44507, followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. celebrated by Father. Matthew Zwilling. Lunch will follow immediately at St. Edward’s Hall.
Bob’s burial will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made online to the National Kidney Foundation through Team Dan of Pittsburgh at https://www.kidneywalk.org/pittsburgh/TeamDan?tab=Team or by mail to the National Kidney Foundation, 2403 Sidney St #230, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 Phone: (412) 261-4115 Team Dan Mike Hernan
The arrangements have been entrusted to the Fox Funeral Home4700 Market Street, Boardman, OH 44412.
A television tribute will air Friday, September 30 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV, and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV.