Robert J. "Bob" Lyons, 70, of Brewerton, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at the Francis House. Bob was born in Utica, NY on September 19, 1945 to Cecelia Szczesny and the father he never met, Robert A. Bean, who was killed in WWII. He was raised and adopted by his father, Thomas Lyons. Robert served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and was past commander of American Legion Post 915 located in Central Square. He is also a member of Post 787 in Cicero. Bob was a computer specialist, owning his own businesses, Data Management Systems and RJ Lyons and Associates for many years. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in 2010. Bob loved children and over many years he loved working with them. He was a coach for Cicero Little League Baseball, taught religious education to teens at Sacred Heart Church in Cicero, and took several teens on trips to the March for Life and to see our Pope. He also went on retreats and several fun trips. He was very active at both Sacred Heart Church in Cicero and Divine Mercy Parish of Central Square, holding the position of Pastoral Council President, teaching, Holy Name, Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and was the sponsor for Divine Mercy's first Awakening. He was a former member of the Syracuse Rotary Club, a former president of Syracuse Tip Club, a member of Lakeshore Golf and Country Club, and South Shore Rod and Gun Club. He was also a past member of The Syracuse Brigadier Alumni Color Guard. During the summer months you could always find him on a golf course. He also enjoyed his daily coffee runs and sitting by a fire with his son-in-law, Scott. Bob leaves behind his childhood sweetheart and wife of 49 years, Donna (Conklin) Lyons; three children, Kristen (Scott) Howard of Liverpool, Robert A. (Kathy) Lyons of Stamford, CT and Karyn (Keith) Doss of Jamesville. He was so proud of his eight grandchildren, Morgen Lyons, Rebecca Doss, Danielle Doss, Kaitlyn Lyons, Adam Doss, Nathan Donalson, Jon Lyons, and little Kylee Howard. He was looking forward to his first great-granddaughter, Gracen Robert Lyons. He is also survived by his sisters, Patricia Hemstrought of Sauquoit, Andrea Lyons of New Hartford, Paula Shaw of Sauquoit; brothers, Thomas of Sauquoit and Michael of New York Mills; his aunt, Janice Schultz of New Hartford, and special cousin Beryl of Bridgeport; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and we can't forget his beloved companion, "Bogey". Bob's family would like to especially say thank you to all of the wonderful people at the Francis House. You made his last months happy ones. Our whole family loves all of you.
A Funeral Mass in celebration of Bob's life will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, October 5, 2015 at Sacred Heart Church in Cicero. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Baldwinsville. Family and friends may call from 1 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the THOMAS J. PIRRO JR. FUNERAL HOME, 3401 Vickery Rd. (corner of Buckley Rd.) North Syracuse, NY. Donations may be made to the Francis House, 108 Michael's Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208.