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Kathy Hawken

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear friend and valued Member, Kathy Hawken. We will continue to update this page with arrangements as we receive information.

Ann T. Buckley

A life lived fully in faith, love, and family. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ann T. Buckley on Wednesday October 4, 2023, at her home in Juno Beach, FL with her loving family and wonderful caregiver, Nettie, by her side. Ann was born in the Bronx, NY to the late Daniel & Anna Delaney and siblings Danny (predeceased), Mary (predeceased) and James (Pat predeceased).

Ann became a schoolteacher after completing her degrees at Ave Maria Academy and Fordham University and receiving her New York State teaching certificate. She loved to attend CYO dances on the weekends where she met the love of her life Gene, marrying in August 1959. They moved to Smithtown where they started their family and moved to Massapequa, then San Diego and eventually settling in Trumbull, CT.

Ann leaves behind her devoted husband Gene and their children Gene (Judy) Buckley, Moira (Beau) Blair, Tara (Michael) O'Sullivan, Kerry Buckley & Daniel (Michelle) Buckley. Grandchildren Emily (Tyler) Burd, Gene (Mary Jo) Buckley, Colin Buckley, Timothy (Elizabeth) O'Sullivan, Caitlin O'Sullivan & Madeleine, Rory & Finn Buckley. Great grandchildren Jack Burd and Taylor Buckley.

Gene's work travel took them all over the world as former President/CEO of Sikorsky Aircraft, but Ann's favorite place to visit was Ireland. She was extraordinarily proud of her Irish heritage and loved to visit the beautiful country where her parents grew up. She was able to celebrate her 75th birthday there with family and friends.

Ann was a great friend to all and her kindness and willingness to help wherever was needed was second to none. She volunteered her time to many organizations and worked diligently to make the lives of others better; including the Ladies Guild, St. Joseph's Manor, taught English as a Second Language and was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Catherine's Church and St. Patrick Church (Palm Beach Gardens, FL). She was always attending games, concerts, award ceremonies, baptisms, weddings of her children and grandchildren. And you always knew she was there, not only because she never missed any event, but because you could always hear her beautiful infectious laugh and encouragement the minute you walked into any room.

Ann also loved her golf, whether playing with Gene, or the Ladies "18 holer's" at Brooklawn CC, Fairfield CT or Jonathan's landing in Jupiter, FL. In addition, Ann enjoyed playing tennis and bridge with her friends.

Her greatest joy was being amongst her family at holiday gatherings. It made her so happy when everyone was together, sitting at the table, giving Grace to God, and sharing what was going on in their lives. The laughter was always there!

Ann truly personified the sentiment of "Whenever you need me, I'll be there, and always with great love!" Although her favorite song was "Danny Boy"!

A viewing will be held at Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Road, Trumbull, CT 06611 on Tuesday October 17, 2023, from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday October 18, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Shelton Rd. Trumbull CT. Interment in Nichols Village Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Brooklawn Country Club, Fairfield, CT.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donation to the Dementia Society of America, 188 N. Main Street Doylestown, PA 18901.

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Robert S. Neumann

Robert S. “Bob” Neumann, of Skaneateles, NY and Jupiter FL, CEO and owner of Erie Materials, passed away on Monday, September 18th surrounded by his family. He was 82.

Bob was born on January 27, 1941 to Mary Ellen “Brad” and Herbert “Herbie” Neumann. He graduated from Columbia High School in South Orange, NJ and Bucknell University where he met his wife Sally. He asked Sally “to borrow her car”…so he could take her out on their very first date. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this September. Bob promoted himself to his children and grandchildren, though likely falsely, as the 1958 New Jersey State body surf champion.

Bob transformed the potential of a modest Mattydale warehouse he purchased in 1973 in to a regional building supply powerhouse with 375 employees and 11 locations in New York and Pennsylvania. His formula was simple — hire good people, sell quality products at a fair price and provide superior customer service. Bob treated all customers the same, often extending credit and making deals with a handshake. He made a name for himself by providing same day deliveries, often within hours. Bob would often say “The only thing I have to sell is service”. As Erie’s base of loyal contractors expanded, the company grew, guided by Neumann and his son, Christopher, now President. His employees were fiercely loyal to him and he understood his success was not possible without the talents of all these people. To many, he was not only a boss and leader but a father figure as well. Bob was well known and respected throughout the building materials industry.

His dedication to Erie and its employees was exceeded only by his love for his family. “Shoopa” as his grandchildren called him, would rarely miss a game, dance recital, concert or any event his children or grandchildren participated in. When at a family outing you would often find him talking to (or most likely teasing) his grandchildren. He was a proud father and grandfather who lived a “family first” attitude that extended to the culture of his company.

Bob loved to golf and he will be remembered affectionately by his playing partners as an obnoxious winner and sore loser. He loved to banter back and forth and everyone knew that if Bob was busting your chops…he liked you. He and Sally had a wonderful community of friends in Westvale, Skaneateles and Jupiter, FL where they had spent the last 30 winters. Bob was also an avid Syracuse basketball and football fan, holding season tickets since the Dome was built.

Bob was an active community member, particularly in Westvale, NY where he raised his children with Sally in the 1970's and 80's. He was instrumental in developing the Geddes Little League and the improvements made to the Fay Road fields. He was also the President of the Westhill Boosters Club which provided many advancements during his leadership. He continued to generously support various community organizations and served on many industry boards and advisory committees throughout his life. He and Sally were proud supporters of the Skaneateles Music Festival and loved attending the summer concerts.

Survivors include his wife, Sally, daughter, Leigh (Jeff Kramer), son, Christopher (Amy), six grandchildren; (Matthew, Miranda, Bridget, Andrew, Lily and Claire) as well as one brother, Dean Neumann, sister-in-law, Janet, nieces, nephews, and decades-long friends.

Calling hours are Friday, Sept. 22 at Edward J. Ryan Funeral Home, 3180 Bellevue Ave., Syracuse from 4-7pm.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, October 15 at 12:30 PM at the Skaneateles Country Club. The family would like to thank all those who supported Bob as he recuperated from his illness this year.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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