Robert "Bob" James Bethoney

March 10, 1941June 17, 2014
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The Very Reverend Father Robert (Bob) James Bethoney passed away peacefully at the age of 73 on June 17, 2014. He was born March 10, 1941 in Norwood, MA, where he lived for 53 years before moving to El Paso, TX in 1994. Bob was captain of his high school football team and student council president. He attended Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, MA before receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University in New York City and later his Master’s Degree from Harvard University in Boston. Bob was an avid football player and wrestler during his college years. He taught high school history for two years in Norwood, MA before moving on to a career in the financial world in Boston and Wall Street in New York City. Bob was “Man of the Year” at EF Hutton, where he worked for 15 years before starting his own company, Eden Financial. Eden was purchased by Paine Webber, where Bob spent the last 10 years of his business career. It was at Paine Webber where Bob became President of the Estate Planning and Insurance Services Division. After leaving Paine Webber Bob devoted his life to the church, and he was ordained an Antiochian Orthodox Priest in 1998. Bob served the parish of St. George Orthodox Church in El Paso until his death. Even though he left Wall Street, he was never forgotten for all his work there. Bob was a man of many interests and hobbies. He loved reading, writing, sailing, fishing, traveling, food, history, all New England sports, his church, his friends and most of all his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samera and James Bethoney. Bob is survived by his adoring wife of 31 years, Elizabeth Mahfood Bethoney, daughter Alexis Bethoney Gerena (German), granddaughter Giselle Mia, and a large extended family. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM with Trisagion Service at 7:00 PM at Martin Funeral Home West. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 120 N. Festival Dr., officiated by Very Rev. Fr. Jehad Michael and Rev. Fr. George Al-Dehneh. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens of the Valley Cemetery, 4900 McNutt Rd., Santa Teresa, NM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 120 N. Festival Dr., El Paso, TX 79912. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 19, 2014
  • Trisagion Service Thursday, June 19, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 20, 2014
  • Committal Service Friday, June 20, 2014

Robert "Bob" James Bethoney

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Joan Fairbanks Lipp

October 16, 2014

I was very sad to hear of Bob' s passing. We were both members of the Class of 1959 at Norwood High School and I have many wonderful memories of those years. Bob had a great sense of fun and a wonderful smile. May he rest in peace.

Richard Barron

July 1, 2014

So glad I had the opportunity to talk to Bob a week or so before he passed. A wonderful man who watched out for me at PaineWebber like an older brother. May his memory be a blessing.

June 26, 2014

My condolences to the family. A loved one loss can grieve the heart, therefore treasure the special times spent with Robert-draw strength from the love of family and friends-and may God loving-kindness comfort you through this difficult time.
~Psalm 119:50,76

Joan Haley

June 25, 2014

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing, he was a dear childhood friend and classmate of mine. May he rest in peace.

Joan Yelapi Haley

Virginia Ceruti

June 25, 2014

Saddened by the passing of this kind man. I am keeping you all in my prayers.

Brad Kolstoe

June 23, 2014

Elizabeth & will not remember me name is Brad Kolstoe I live in Colorado and I worked for Bob at PWJ in the 90's.

It is said that when all is done at least we have our memories. But our time together created more than just memories. Memories are of the past but Bob created futures. He gathered some of the most talented people whom I have ever had the opportunity to work with.....and he made us better. He challenged us daily and as I one time introduced him " every day with Bob was a challenge"...and we loved it. As is life...looking back our time together was least it was meaningful and to me THAT is what I will cherish about my time with Bob. It meant something then, it still does today and I know it will tomorrow.. God bless you and your family and may God bless Bob.

Lorri Halow

June 20, 2014

It's so hard to say "Good bye until we meet again" to your friend. Life has a way of healing and giving you strength to continue on. You have to believe that God's plan is beautiful and his love for each of us is a gift to us to help us in our sorrow. So, Bob, rest now. And know how much you will be missed. Love you! Lorri & Joe

Tony Safi

June 20, 2014

Such a fine man of God! May he rest in peace eternally in the arms of the Lord.

tom gugliotta

June 19, 2014

RIP Big Bob!!! Tom Gugliotta

Mary Deeb

June 19, 2014

We knew you as a young boy and as a man. You will be revered and missed. We were so sorry to hear of your passing. Our heartfelt thoughts to your family.