Robert Andrew Boenig of Wading River died Nov. 11. He was 79.
He was born Dec. 29, 1934, and served in the U.S. Navy after graduating from Seton Hall in 1952.
Mr. Boenig was a firefighter with the Wading River Fire Department for 54 years and also served as fire commissioner there.
He owned Wading River Garage and served the community for many years before retiring in 2000 to spend more time with family. Relatives described him as an “amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, neighbor and friend.”
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jeane Morpurgo Boenig; six daughters, Brenda Boenig Taegder of Walden, N.Y., Paula Rammer of Henderson, Nev., Lora Padilla, Barbara Kozlowski and Sheila Domino, all of Shoreham; and Georgia Boenig Stasiukiewicz of Wading River; his siblings, Frank, Marygrace Meier, Judyellen Gallo, Jeanemarie Payne, Annemarian Pepino; 10 grandchildren and many other family and friends. He was predeceased by his brother Fred.
The family received visitors Nov. 14 at Wading River Firehouse. A funeral Mass with full fire department honors was held Nov. 15 at St. John the Baptist Church in Wading River.