Firefighter Robert Tilearcio, the newest FDNY sufferer of 9-11, spent a lot of his too-brief lifetime turning strangers into buddies.
The fifty eight-yr-previous Tilearcio was remembered at his Saturday funeral as a genial soul who fought aggressively to move the Zadroga Act, defending all poisoned by their heroic work at Floor Zero.
“Bobby was beloved by many,” stated his Engine 266 colleague LeRoy McGinnis in a shifting eulogy. “The wealth of a person’s life shouldn’t be judged from what he owns, however by the lives he touched and the friendships he made.
“Skippy made numerous associates,” he continued, utilizing Tilearcio’s nickname. “I’m one in every of them. We miss him. We love him.”
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The mourners gathered for a funeral Mass at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Massapequa, the place Tilearcio’s casket sat close to the altar beneath a pink material. A photograph of the late firefighter stood to its aspect.
There was laughter amid the tears as McGinnis recalled a few of his previous good friend’s non-firefighting skills.
“He additionally did comedy,” stated McGinnis. “I heard he typically refused to get off the stage. Good for him.”
A procession of firetrucks, together with FDNY bagpipes and drums, accompanied Tilearcio’s casket to the suburban church.
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He was killed by a mind tumor, the outcomes of his publicity to the World Commerce Middle toxins after the Sept. eleven, 2001, terrorist assaults.
His spouse and two youngsters linked arms and silently sobbed because the casket got here out of the church after the service.
McGinnis made point out of Tilearcio’s half-dozen journeys to Washington, D.C., to make sure that first responders sickened whereas working at Floor Zero had their…