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Robert P “Bob” Neary

  • Birth 29 May 1952
  • Death 9 Apr 2012 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 88277977

age: 59 yrs 10 mos 11 days
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Philadelphia officials say an unoccupied warehouse had been cited several times and the city was preparing to take the property owner to court before a massive blaze that killed two firefighters.

Sixty-year-old Lt. Robert Neary and 25-year-old firefighter Daniel Sweeney were killed early Monday after battling the fire. They had gone into an adjacent building that caught fire to inspect it when a wall and roof collapsed. Two other firefighters were injured.


Robert P. Neary, a Lieutenant Philadelphia Fire Department, passed away tragically, serving the citizens of Philadelphia on April 9, 2012.

Beloved husband of Diane (nee Yeager). Loving father of Robert (Cinzia), Christopher (Tamara) and Dianne Hernandez (Javiel). Dear son of Virginia and the late Edward Neary. Loving Pop Pop of C.J. and Cora Neary and brother of Edward Neary (Jeannie) and Brita Wisler (Rob).

Bob was a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department for over 37 years. Bob became a firefighter in August of 1974 and served at Engine 51, Engine 34 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1983. As a Lieutenant Bob served at Engine 12, Ladder 16, Engine 27, Engine 8, Engine 61, Ladder 34. Engine 53, Engine 52, Engine 28 and most recently Ladder 10. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1972 thru 1982 as a Sergeant 1st Class and was a Philadelphia Police Officer from 1971 to 1974.

Bob was awarded many commendations while serving the citizens of Philadelphia, all for saving the lives of victims in burning buildings. He loved Fishing and boating with his family and friends, enjoyed running and was very handy around the house.

Relatives, friends, members of Philadelphia Fire Department Local 22 and all first responders are invited to share in Bob's Life Celebration Friday from 5:00- 9:00 PM at John F. Givnish of Academy Rd. 10975 Academy Rd.

Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Bob's memory to the Firefighters Widow Fund c/o Local 22, 415 N. 5th St. Phila, PA 19123 would be appreciated. To share your fondest memories of Bob visit

Published in
Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News
from April 11 to April 12, 2012

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