Robert V. Gianniny

Brighton* Robert V. Gianniny, passed away Feb. 16, 2014. Bob was born July 9, 1924 in Irondequoit.  Bob leaves his wife of 64 years, Joanne, his sons: Bruce (Dana) Gianniny, Mark (Cynthia) Gianniny and his daughter, Gayle (Bob) Stiles.  Bob is also survived by his grandchildren, Mark Jr.,(Maggie) Gianniny, Amanda Gianniny, Lauren (Brad) Boyer, Blake Gianniny, Sarah (Guillaume) de la Villarmois, Allison Stiles, Max Gianniny, Carolyn Stiles, Joanne Stiles, Jack Gianniny and Danny Gianniny.  He also leaves his great grandchildren, Mark Gianniny III, Charlotte Gianniny and Henry Boyer.  He was a loving grandfather, known as Pooh who instituted "Pooh School of Business and Economics" for his grandchildren and served as magician at many birthday parties.  His family considered him to be a Renaissance man, creating lovely sculpture, paintings, jewelry and rose gardens.  His friends will remember his competitive nature in golf, backgammon and, well,...just about anything.  We will miss his warmth, his wonderful story telling, and his ability to see the humor in many situations.


Bob graduated from Irondequoit High School and join the US Army.  He was shipped to the Pacific Theater where he served in Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Phillipines where he was wounded in the invassion of Cebu Island. He graduated from Syracuse University and Albany Law School and practiced law in Rochester in the firm of Middleton, Gianniny and Boylan, which later became Boylan Brown. After retirment from the law, he joined his sons in the real estate business, developing, among others, Linden Oaks Office Park.  Bob served on several boards of nonprofits. He served as president of the Memorial Art Gallery. He also spent many years on the boards of Albany Law School and Genesee Country Village and Museum. Others included Compeer, The Landmark Society and the Rochester Area Community Foundation.


A Memorial Service was held at First Baptist Church of Rochester, 175 Allens Creek Rd.  The family requested in lieu of flowers, donations may be to The Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14626, www.mag.rochester.edu and Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint HIll Rd., Mumford, NY 14511, www.gvc.org.  To share a memory of Bob or sned a condolence to the family visit www.anthonychapels.com .

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