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Robert M. Armbruster Sr.

January 2, 1924January 19, 2020

Armbruster, Robert M., Sr. Age 96, at home in Cowlesville, NY, January 19, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Mary Louise (nee Murrett) Armbruster; loving father of Mary Lee (Raymond J.) Foley, Martin W. (Betty Feyes), Anne M. (late George M.) Cornwell, Robert M., Jr. (Collette J.), Barbara J. (Thomas E.) Craft, Margaret L. (late Donald F.) Molloy, Joan E. (late Kevin J.) Cahill and Eleanor M. (late Charles D. Hudson, Jr. and late John R. Broderick) Hudson. Also survived by 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents, Martin and Leona Armbruster and his brother Donald N. Armbruster. A sailor died today: Aviation machinist’s mate, third class, US Navy. There will be no prior visitation, a Mass of Christian Burial with military honors will be held on Saturday Nov 21st at Sacred Heart Church, Bennington, NY. Online condolences at

A sailor died today He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast, And he sat around the RSA, telling stories of the past Of wars that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one. And though sometimes, to his neighbours, his tales became a joke, All his naval buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke. But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Jack has passed away, And the world's a little poorer, for a sailor died today. He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife, For he lived a very ordinary and quite uneventful life. Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way, And the world won't note his passing, though a sailor died today. When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state, While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great. Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young, But the passing of a sailor goes unnoticed and unsung. Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man? Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife, Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life? A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives. While the ordinary sailor who offered up his all, Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small. It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago, That the old Jacks of our Country went to battle, but we know It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys, Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys. Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand, Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand? Or would you prefer a sailor, who has sworn to defend His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end? He was just a common sailor and his ranks are growing thin, But his presence should remind us we may need his like again. For when countries are in conflict, then we find the sailors part Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start. If we cannot do him honour while he's here to hear the praise, Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days. Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say, Our Country is in mourning, for a sailor died today.

1985 A. Lawrence Vaincourt



  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Carl Hollenbeck

November 22, 2020

I am pleased I went to the memorial service. Glad you liked the Aviation Machinist's Mate challenge coin and my pipe wrench tattoo. The Patriot Riders were fantastic and a proper sendoff for a truly fine man.

William McCarthy

November 17, 2020

My condolences to the Armbruster family for the loss of your father. Having grown up on Parkwood Ave in Kenmore, NY, I have many fond memories of the Armbruster family. Back in those days, large families weren't uncommon and our street always had plenty of kids to get a game of kickball going.

Carl Hollenbeck

March 2, 2020

To the family of Bob Armbruster. In the late 1980's I had the pleasure of working with Bob and he was a wonderful man. We got along great and he was funny too. One time he jokingly said
"When we order a piece of pie I bet I get a bigger piece"
I ordered my piece politely while Bob gave the server a big smile and a little sweet talk.... When the pie came his was much larger than mine. I have laughed about that story for many years. You lost a good man that I am sure will be missed.

Ellen Murrett

February 4, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss of your father, grandfather and great grandfather. I can only imagine how proud he was seeing your family’s legacy in each and all of you.
Sending you heartfelt sympathy and love.

Laura Murrett

January 30, 2020

Dear Armbruster Cousins-

I was so sad to learn that Uncle Bob passed away. I remember him so well as a kind, smiling and gentle man. A loving father, a devoted husband. He truly was a sailor, who navigated life with grace and humor and goodness. I pray that your happy memories of him will bring you comfort.

With love and sympathy,

Jack Murrett

January 27, 2020

Dear Nieces, Nephews and Cousins, Sincerest condolences from the John C. Murrett Sr. branch of the family. Bob was a kind and warm individual who loved his extended family. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to you in this very difficult time.


January 27, 2020

We are very sorry for the loss of your father. May you find comfort in family and good memories.
Your neighbors, Jim and Margit Germain

Donna Casey

January 26, 2020

Heartfelt sympathy is extended to Anne and all the family of Bob. I remember the times he would stop into Independent Nursing Care and visit us.


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