Robert William Vaio, age 46, died suddenly on the 11th of February 2012 in South Texas. He is survived by his loving wife and companion of 20 years, Laura Lee; a daughter, Alexandra Lee, 19; and two sons, Brett William, 14, and John Robert, 6. Also surviving are his parents, Aldo and Rosemary Vaio; his brother and two sisters; along with numerous loving in laws, nieces, and nephews. |
Robert was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the 2nd of April 1965. He grew up in Albuquerque and later graduated with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University. After graduating he worked for Conoco and later attained a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame. Robert loved Notre Dame where he proposed to his wife-to-be, Laura Lee Lindenborn, at "the grotto." Robert and Laura Lee married on the 1st of June 1991 at St. Joseph's Cathedral in San Antonio.
During his professional career in the oil and gas industry Robert was named Vice President of Global Supply Chain for Hess Corporation. He also worked for Conoco, Arthur Andersen, and BearingPoint. During his business travels, Robert loved to experience new cultures and visited over 18 countries.
Much of Robert's free time was spent at the beach with his family, especially in his favorite place Maui, Hawaii. Recently, he fulfilled his dream of building a bay house, The Hula Girl, in Galveston, Texas. Robert's hobbies included taking his two sons to the annual Air Show, building models, water skiing on his "Big Daddy" ski, making Italian pasta from scratch with his famous Bolognese sauce, assembling his Christmas village during the holidays and being anywhere on a boat.
He was a faith filled man and honored his Lord by helping to start a men's bible study, That Man is You. Robert was the inspiration and moral support for the program, which now reaches 250 parishes and 18,000 men across the country. Robert also served his community as President of the St. Cecilia Catholic School Board and helped with numerous Catholic ministries.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from four o'clock in the afternoon until half-past seven o'clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 15th of February, in the Grand Foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. At half-past seven o'clock, an evening Vigil and recitation of the Holy Rosary is to commence in the adjacent Jasek Chapel.
A Mass of Christian Burial is to be offered at half-past ten o'clock in the morning on Thursday, the 16th of February, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 11720 Joan of Arc Drive in Houston, where the Most Rev. Vincent M. Rizzotto, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Galveston-Houston, is to preside.
The family will gather for a private Rite of Committal immediately following the service, and then greet friends during a reception at a venue to be announced during the Mass.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests memorial contributions may be directed to That Man Is You, P.O. Box 19127, Houston, TX, 77224; St. Agnes Academy, 9000 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX, 77036-4683; or to Strake Jesuit College Prepatory, 8900 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX, 77036.
He will be missed every day, but his family continues to celebrate what a beautiful life he lived.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2012