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Michael Kelly/Recorder staff The baseball complex in Hagaman is shown Wednesday. Hanging on the concession building Ñ "The Shack" Ñ is a sign dedicated to Mary Lou and Bob Cetnar, the latter of whom passed away Tuesday.

Photo submitted Hagaman's Bob Cetnar, left, is shown with grandson Sam Cetnar in this recent photo. Bob Cetnar passed away Tuesday and was long a fixture in local sports. With his sons now adults, Bob Cetnar's son Damien Cetnar said Bob Cetnar had already "been eyeing the grandkids" as the next wave of athletes he could coach.

Photo submitted Bob Cetnar, back right, is shown with the Hagaman Blue baseball team from 1996 in Hagaman. Cetnar, who passed away Tuesday, was long a fixture in local sports. Shown with Cetnar, in his row from the left, are Adam Sandy, Mike Partyka, Eric Sandy, Matthew Tobey and Mike Schell. In the bottom row, from left, are Joe Spencer, Chris LaPort, Andy Bandos, Matt Menge, Andy Menge and Kyle Cetnar.


Robert G. Cetnar

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Updated: 10:28 AM

April 22, 2014

Mr. Robert G. Cetnar, 68, of Hagaman Avenue, Hagaman, New York passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at his residence.

A lifelong area resident, he was born February 22, 1946 a son of the late Jacob and Mary Gresizk Cetnar.

He was a graduate of the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School - Class of 1964. He attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College from 1970-73 in the GE Apprentice Program receiving a A.A.S. degree in Management Engineering Technology.

Bob served in the Air Force from 1964-68 as a Master Sergeant. He also served in the Reserve for many years and also served in the Air National Guard for several years.

Mr. Cetnar was employed by the General Electric Company in the Large Motor and Generator Department as a Warranty Specialist and later as a Field Service Representative before retiring in 2008.

He will be remembered for his support of sport activities. He served as the Hagaman Youth Commission Director for many years. He coached Hagaman Little League and helped maintain the ball fields. He was the proud coach of Hagaman Blue and later the coached American Legion ball. He supported all local sports. In his younger years, he enjoyed fast pitch softball.

He was a member of St. Mary's Church. He was a member and presently the Commander of John J. Wyszomirski American Legion Post 701 and was a member of the Polish-American Veterans.

He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Vila on May 8, 1965. She passed away on December 17, 2003.

He was also predeceased by his granddaughter Megan Smith, step mother Charlotte Cetnar and most recently by his mother in law Mary E. Vila on March 28, 2014.

He is survived by his children, Tammy Lynn Smith, Broadalbin, New York, Damien Robert (Shannon) Cetnar, Scotia, New York, Brendan Wade (Adrianne) Cetnar, Hagaman, New York, Garret Lee (Sarah) Cetnar, Schenectady, New York and Kyle Cetnar, Town of Amsterdam; seven grandchildren, Amanda Brittany (Nick) Pawling, Dillion Smith, Amber Cetnar, Emily Cetnar, Katie Cetnar, Samuel Cetnar and Liam Cetnar; expected great grandchild Gretta Pawling; brothers, Richard Cetnar and Donald (Kathy) Cetnar, both of Perth, New York and Raymond (Kathy) Cetnar, Amsterdam, New York; sister in law, Patricia (Bob) Raczynski; nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service will be held at 8:15 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church Street, Amsterdam, New York Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church with Rev.O. Robert De Martinis, Celebrant.

Interment with military honors will be at Hagaman Mills Cemetery, Hagaman, New York.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the funeral home with the American Legion service at 6:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 759329, Baltimore, MD 21275-9329.

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