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Husband, father, grandpa, loyal alumni, "curly", Chez and Uncle Bob are a few of the many names by which Robert W. Cantoni was known. Born in 1928 in Irvington, NJ, he made his way to Ohio after serving in the US Marine Corp. A friend in the service told him about a great university in Oxford, Ohio named Miami University. Thanks to the GI Bill, he enrolled and started on a lifelong love with Miami where he served as its Alumni Association president, Red and White Club president, Phi Kappa Tau House Corp., and several other advisory positions. In 1987 he was the recipient of the John E. Dolibois alumni Award for continuous and meritorious service to Miami. If Miami had a sporting event going on, he was most likely in the stands with his wife Jane. Married to Jane (nee Lloyd), they were a "Miami/Western College merger" for more than 62 years. They had three daughters, Jennifer Arnzen (Gary), Melissa Olona (Bob) and Cynthia Braun (Greg). Sadly, he was predeceased by his daughter, Melissa, March 28, 2013. Charlie Braun is the sole grandchild. Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was a man of great integrity, fairness, intelligence, and generosity. After graduation from Miami he was employed by Opekasit Corporation where he used his accounting degree to manage farms. Soon he was noticed by George Henkle and asked to join George Henkle & Associates where he spent the majority of his career as Vice President and Treasurer. He managed investors and put together land packages for developers in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. His most notable land package led to the development of Kings Island and the areas adjacent to the amusement park. He was a part of developing many industrial parks, residential communities, and commercial areas. A citizen of Lebanon for more than 63 years, he was known for his snazzy golf pants and quick sense of humor. He was often sought out by young entrepreneurs and relatives for business advice. He was on the board of the Harmon Civic Trust, president of Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, and a member of Mather's Mill Camp. He could be counted on to be generous with his time and talents to many deserving groups. He was a trustee and elder of The Lebanon Presbyterian Church. Services will be held at The Lebanon Presbyterian Church 123 N. East Street, Lebanon, OH 45036, Monday, November 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. The family would like Bob to be remembered with donations to: The Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care at 10494 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242 or Miami University Red and White Club, 230 Millet Hall, Oxford, Ohio, 45056.
Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home - Lebanon
329 East Mulberry Street Lebanon, OH 45036
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2013