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25 Broad Street
Hamilton, NY 13346
Phone: 315-824-2417
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Robert Gunther

Robert H. Gunther

September 27, 1952 - March 28, 2020
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Robert H. Gunther, 67, of State Highway 80, Smyrna, NY, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020 at his home after a long-term illness.
He was born September 27, 1952 in Queens, NY, a son of the late Carl (US Marine) and Theresa (Ingber) Gunther and was a graduate of Newfield High School, Centereach, NY. Growing up he was a Boy Scout and a volunteer firefighter since the age of 14 with Centereach Fire Dept. and later with Mastic Fire Department, NY. Robert proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1971 to 1976, honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. On August 17, 1972, he married the love of his life, Valorie A. Ermolovich at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Selden, NY. Robert began his career with the City of New York with the Department of Corrections, later becoming a member of the NYC Fire Department which was the highlight of his career. Following his retirement, he moved to Smyrna. Being a lover of animals, he was also a Nuisance Wildlife Control Officer since 1987. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting. His greatest joy was spending time with his wife and family.
Robert was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Hamilton. He was a member and Past President of the Sherburne Lions Club; a member of the NRA and the NYS American Legion.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Valorie; his children, Kasie and Andrew Cavanagh of Clearwater, FL; Brodie and Jon Gager, Tobie and Ryan Hess, all of Sherburne; a brother, Carl Gunther of Smyrna; his precious grandchildren, Sage and Jade Diamond, Jonathan, Jr. and Braylie Gager, Lillie and Austin Hess; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, and his beloved 4 legged companions Leo and Romeo. He was predeceased by two brothers, William and James Gunther.
Graveside services will be held at the convenience of his family in the Gerald B. Solomon National Cemetery, Saratoga, NY. A memorial service and celebration of his life with family and friends will be held at a later time.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, NY.
To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to or send directly to Valorie Gunther at 737 State Hwy. 80, Smyrna, NY 13464.
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  • Graveside Service

    Saratoga National Cemetery
    200 Duell Rd.
    SCHUYLERVILLE, NY 12871-1721
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    service is private


  • American Legion
  • Lion's Club
  • National Rifle Association
  • New York City Correction's Officer
  • New York Fire Department


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Russell E Gillette

Posted at 07:36pm
To valorie and the Gunther family
So sorry to hear about Bob.He was a good man and friend.We got along good because he was as out spoken as I and will be missed sorry I couldn’t do this in person but when this mess is over I will.again sorry for your loss Smyrna has lost a good community member.

Love from

Russ and Janice gillette

Rich Ermolovich

Posted at 01:04pm
Dear Valorie, we are so sorry to hear about this news. We hope you are doing as well as can be and we will keep Bob and yourself in our prayers. It is unfortunate we've never had a grand family reunion of some kind and so we miss the pleasure of getting to know Bob. Best regards,
Rick and Mimi Ermolovich

Jonathan gager

Posted at 02:03pm
I’m also lost for words right now. I’ve know u nearly 13 years now and gotten so close in the last 5 years. I loved helping u around the house even hunting u would give me advice from the couch in the house lol. Thank you for sharing all the hunting and life experiences w/ me theses last 5 years. You definitely had an exciting life. You definitely would say what u though never held back, now I know where the wife gets it, along w/ other things Brodie gets from u. So hard writing this I’m tearing up thinking about u missing u. Rest easy pain free pops...


Posted at 12:27pm
Dad, I really miss you and love you so much. You will always be my hero in so many ways. Love always and forever, Tobie
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Mark Wermte

Posted at 12:06pm
What can I say other than I will miss you very much. You were one tough cookie on the outside, but you had a good heart that would help anyone in need. My life is beautiful because of you and Valorie. You introduced me to the love of my life, my wonderful husband. I will always remember the good times we had. Even though time would elapse between getting together or talking on the phone we could always pick up like it was just yesterday that we had spoken. Rest in Peace my friend and may perpetual light shine upon you.
Forever in my thoughts,,,,,,,,
Peggy Wermter

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