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Robert L. Comella

Robert L. Comella
Resident of Danville
Robert Louis Comella, of Danville, born 13 Dec 30 in Oakland to loving parents Cosmo and Amelia, passed away 28 Apr 13, aged 82. He is loved greatly by daughter Carolyn, son-in-law Simon Morgan, son Jay, grandson Ike, sister Dolores Moffat, nieces and nephews: James Holien, Nancy Malcolm, Marilyn Pickens, David Holien, Mark Comella, Rosemary Comella, Vivian Comella-Pochop, grand-nieces and nephews: Alisa, Seth, Drew, Matthew, Jeffrey, Kiersten, Mark, Steven, Keith, Kelly. Bob was a child of the Depression. Yet, stories of his youth in East Oakland are near-idyllic. He was the youngest of five siblings in a bustling, happy, loving, family-oriented, working-class home. The importance of family, friends, and gatherings was instilled early. A proud Knight, he was a football linebacker and a star 880-man in track. He graduated from Castlemont High School in 47 (the one that actually looked like a castle and the wrecking ball bounced off of when it was deemed to be seismically unsafe).
He attended technical school to build on OPS shop classes and skills passed down by his Dad and Uncle Joe. He was now highly skilled in sheet metal work and carpentry. Bob was part of an exceptional generation, among whom patriotism was a common trait. In the Air Force, in the Korean War, his sheet metal skills were used in the repair of battle-damaged aircraft. In Japan and Korea, he worked to keep 'em flyin'. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. As a civilian, he worked in the building trades. His first fire service job was in the San Leandro FD. In 58 he entered the Oakland FD as a Hoseman. He was the 3d Comella in OFD, with dad Cosmo and brother Tom on the job. Thus began 35 yrs as a highly valued and respected Member of OFD. Mentor to many, he shared freely the vast knowledge passed down to him. OFD Brethren saw him as a true gentleman. In 93 he retired at the rank of Engineer. In 89 son Jay followed his footsteps into OFD. Bob also became Contractor and led a crew of firemen-tradesmen who built, extended, and remodeled many homes. A master carpenter, he was highly skilled at framing houses as well as building fine furniture and cabinetry. All are fitting, lasting memorials. He spent many hours building and fixing things for family and friends. He enjoyed spending time in his wood shop and creating beautiful works on his lathe. Bob got much joy out of hosting family parties and BBQ's at his beautiful home. Wife Mary (93), brothers Tom (11) and Mark (01) and sister Lorraine Holien (79), companion Joyce DeRoco (11), mom Amelia, dad Cosmo, Aunt Honey, and Uncle Joe await him. Visitation, May 13th, 4:00 to 8:00, Rosary 7:00, at the mortuary, Funeral Mass, May 14th, 10:30, St. Isidore Catholic Church, 440 La Gonda Wy, Danville
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Bob's name to any of the following: Leary Firefighters Foundation www.learyfirefighters.org/how-you-can-help/donate UFA FDNY Widows & Children http://www.ufanyc.org/funds/widows_and_children.php
NYFF Burn Center http://www.nyffburncenter.com/news/index/layoutfile/donation

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Published in Contra Costa Times on May 12, 2013
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