Robert L. Bechner

Robert L. Bechner, 72, of Palisades, NY, passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.  Survived by his daughters, Erin Bechner and Lori Mastrogiacomo; his brother, Br. Anthony J. “Buddy” Bechner; a grandson and his ex-wife, Roanne Fogle.

Bob graduated from Iona College in 1971. He was a police officer for the Port Authority and retired as Lieutenant after over 30 years of dedicated service. He was a member of the Port Authority Lieutenants Benevolent Association and the Drum Major for the PAPD Pipe Band.  A devout Catholic, Bob was an active parishioner of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart RC Church where he was a member of the parish council.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 4-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Tappan, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to United Hospice of Rockland,


  1. “Bobby” was my second cousin. His brother “Buddy” and their mother lived in an apartment adjacent to my Grandmother’s apartment on Post Ave. I have very fond memories of my two older cousins from my childhood. I recall both of them having great Irish sense of humors. I have not seen Bobby in decades (unfortunately), but I was able to follow him through other family members that were still in the NY area. RIP Bobby, I’m sure you will be missed by many!

  2. Erin,

    If there were an award for best neighbor, your father would win it every year. He was kind, generous, and selfless. Serving the neighborhood and the community must have been in his genes. Over the years when it snowed, we would see him out there with his snow blower cleaning all of our driveways, including Mike’s, Mariano’s, mine, and those of others on the block. He was also Yena’s prompt and reliable pen pal when she was in grade school. We owe him a large debt of gratitude. I will especially miss having afternoon beers with him on your deck sharing life stories from years gone by. He left a large void in all of our hearts. I will miss my friend and neighbor.

    Best wishes,
    Duke Shin and Family

  3. Dear Erin, your father was my constant friend. He would call me ,offer to help me in anyway needed. We shared many meals, jaunts and conversation. I knew he was honest, trustworthy and genuine. I shall miss his friendship always. He was a good , kind man. I’m very sorry for your loss.RIP Bobby! Theresa Foiles

  4. Gunnbritt Hellberg

    Dear Erin, sorry for your loss!
    Your Dad was one special man he was so kind and always so helpful.
    I will miss him very much.
    RIP Bobby
    Gunnbritt Hellberg

  5. Great boss. Super person.

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