JAMES ROBERT
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Age 76, passed away on March 21, 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 may be made to your favorite charitable organization. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
Published on March 23, 2020

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Karl & Connie Bayer
Mar 25, 2020
Liana- so sorry for your loss. Although our years of knowing Bob were not long, he was a blessing in our life. Enjoyed our banter at the gym. I'll bet some of the rides home were interesting.
With love
Karl & Connie
Jack Stephenson
Mar 24, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Bob was a great listener, adviser and friend to so many. Simply too young at heart to be gone so soon. My condolences to the Gaffney family.
John & Marcia Pujia
Mar 23, 2020
A great person and we send our condolences to Liana and their family.
Tim Appelbe
Mar 23, 2020
Liana, Adam, and Rachel,

So sorry... for all of us. What a beautiful person.
Tim Appelbe
Mar 23, 2020
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Don and Marcia Hobaugh
Mar 23, 2020
To Rachel and Adam,
So sorry you lost your Dad. We remember you two as fine students and really nice people.