Robert Patrick Carney, 85, passed away on October 13, 2021 at Essentia Health in Fargo. Bob was born on July 31, 1936 to Joseph and Harriet Carney in Pittston, Pennsylvania. He attended catholic school in his youth and graduated in 1954. He went on to join the Navy and was proud to have served his country for four years before being honorably discharged. After his time in the Navy, Bob attended seminary with the intention of becoming a priest, but decided that having a family was more important to him. He went to St. Louis, where he met the love of his life, Lorna Burlew, at McDonnell Douglas. He and Lorna were joined in marriage on July 31st, 1965. They then started their family, with their first born son Kenneth. Ellen was soon to follow, then Andrew, and Michael. Bob’s children meant the world to him. He stated his career as a youth minister in Marshfield, Missouri in 1978. He also worked in Barnesville, Minnesota at Assumption Catholic Church but spent most of his years as a minister at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The connections Bob made with the kids he ministered were lifelong; he thought of these children as his own. After his retirement, he and Lorna moved to Fargo, North Dakota to be closer to their grandchildren. Bob enjoyed watching Notre Dame football and Cardinal baseball, and spending his time with those he loved. His friends and family were the most important thing in his life. Bob is survived by his children, Kenneth, Ellen, Andrew, and Michael; his grandchildren Ryan and Regan; and many friends. Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife Lorna, his parents Joseph and Harriet; his brothers James, Joseph, Edward, Gene, and Don; and his sisters Elizabeth and Grace.

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  1. Bob was one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever met. I will cherish the many times I could just sit and talk with him. He loved his family and friends. He was truly an amazing person. I will be forever grateful that I was able to know him.

  2. Bob was a one of a kind person. He lit up any room he entered with his contagious laughter. The last 2 years spent connecting with him was a blessing and I will never forget him and small life lessons he taught me along the way. Until we meet again, friend. 💕

  3. Known Bob and his family pretty much my whole life, the family are in my thoughts and pray during this difficult Time.

  4. We send our caring prayers to each of you. Bob was a joy to work with here at Assumption Church. He was very caring to the youth. We were blessed to have him among us. May he now rest in the peace and love of the Lord he so faithfully served. 🙏

  5. I was in the first Sunday School class that Bob oversaw at St. Rose. He was one of the kindest men I have ever known, and he often had more confidence in me than I had in myself. His sense of humor was untouched as was his love for all of the kids that walked those halls. He was truly a role model. I loved him and he will be missed.

  6. We r so sorry for your loss. We feel so blessed to be in his life n to work with him. We so loved him We treasure so many wonderful memories together to hold on to. Bob will be that Icon of St Rose that made a difference with love. He made his final destiny n is at peace with Lorna n family. 😘 amen👩‍❤️‍👨

  7. Bob Carney was a constant in my childhood to adulthood at St. Rose. When I was in middle school, he told me I was a leader, which encouraged and fostered empowerment and paved the way for me to confidently mentor others. The gifts he shared through youth ministry will continue to be shared by those so blessed by them.

  8. Bob was a dear friend and spiritual guide who was honored and loved by many in Murfreesboro. He truly blessed me and I will miss him.

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