Robert M. Berish Sr. passed away on March 21, 2021 at Mt. Macrina Manor with his family by his side. He was born 02/02/1928 in Masontown, Pa., the son of Martin J. & Mary Ellen Blaho Berish. He was predeceased by his wife of 73 years, Betty Connor Berish, his son William J. Berish Sr. and his only brother, James S. Berish Sr.
Bob was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Francis of Assis Parish ( All Saints) and served in many capacities over the years. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and then went on to graduate from George Washington University. He began his career in the Insurance & Real Estate Business with his father and later created Berish Agency Inc. where he was President. Bob was proud of the family business and that all four of his sons were active on the business. Bob was a well-respected Real Estate Appraiser having done work for the VA, many banks, attorneys and Govenrnment Agencies throughout Fayette and Greene Counties. He taught both Real Estate and appraisal classes at Penn State, Fayette.
Bob loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Whenever he did an appraisal in the moutains or near a stream his fishing pole and boots were with him. He and several of his friends went together to form Camp Dum Dum, a hunting and fishing camp in Mc Kean Co. in the late 60's and he was the lst surviving member of the original group. He was the Scout Master for the local Boy Scout Club back in the day taking young men camping at Camp Conestoga and othr places. Bob belonged to many organizations including the Fay Penn Economic Development Council, Rotary (Paul Harris Fellow), Knights of Columbus and the American Legion, Profession Insurance Agents, National Assoc. of Realtors to name a few. He sat on the boars of the
Connellsville Airport Authority as well as County Zoning and Hearing Board. Bob was one of the first in the area to obtain the Certified Insurance Counselor designation (CIC) and made continuing education and important part of his business.
Bob is survived by his children, Robert M. Berish Jr, Dave (Vicki), Mary Ellen Bauer (Fred) and Sam (Linda) Berish and his daughter in law, Karen Berish. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jason (Kristen) and their children, Benjamin & Jonathan, William J. Berish Jr. (Misty) and Liam, Valerie L Long (Christian), their children, Davey & Lucas; Katie Berish (Will) Anna G. Berish, Martin Berish, Samantha & Rish Bauer.
The family would like to thank Regina, Ashley an the entire staff of Mt. Macrina for making Bob comfortable in his final weeks.
Friends will be received in the Terravecchia-Haky Home for Funerals, Inc., 515 N. Main St., Masontown, Pa. Wednesday March 24th from 2-8 P.M. And on Thursday until 9:30 A.M. A mass will follow at St. Franscis of Assisi at 10:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Francis of Assisi Parish or a charity of your choice.
Interment followed in St. Agnes Cemetery, Masontown, Pa.