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Bruno pays tribute to wife at memorial service

Bruno pays tribute to wife at memorial service

Barbara "Bobbie" Bruno, wife of Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, R-Brunswick, was remembered Mon
Bruno pays tribute to wife at memorial service
State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno receives a hug after delivering the eulogy for his late wife, Barbara &quot;Bobbie&quot; Bruno, at St. Pius X Church in Loudonville on Monday.
Photographer: Ana Zangroniz

Barbara "Bobbie" Bruno, wife of Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno,

R-Brunswick, was remembered Monday as an unpretentious woman who never

lost sight of what was most important.

"Bobbie was the rock, really, of the family and of my life," her

husband said at a memorial service at St. Pius X Church. Cardinal Edward Egan,

Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, and Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard

presided, along with the Rev. Michael Farano, pastor of St. Pius X. Also

participating in the service was an Episcopal priest, the Rev. Nigel Mumford.

In attendance were the political leaders of New York, including Gov. Eliot

Spitzer, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli,

along with New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and many state legislators

and other officials.

"Joe's a friend. He's been a friend," said Assembly Speaker Sheldon

Silver, D-Manhattan, outside the church. "... This is family. It's not

politics."

Bruno said his wife was the daughter of a Presbyterian surgeon in Glens

Falls, whose family were not happy about the prospect of her marrying an

Italian-American "literally from the wrong side of the tracks."

Back then, the senator said, he was a young man who spoke roughly, using

terms such as "youse guys," and with limited prospects.

"I would not have gone to college if it wasn't for Bobbie," he said.

"Bobbie taught me English." Without his wife, Bruno said, "I never would

have done much more than exist. She showed me a better life."

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