Robert "Bob" D. Musante, much loved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away peacefully on January 9, 2013. Bob was born on May 22, 1944 in San Francisco. He moved to Marin County as a teenager and graduated from Redwood High School. Following high school, he joined the army where he was a Military Policeman. After leaving the military, Bob had many jobs but found a niche in the title business. He began his career in title at Northern Counties Title Company in San Francisco. He then moved to First American Title Co., based in Santa Rosa, in the 1970's. At First American Title he rose to the position of Vice-President and County Manager of Sonoma County and the San Mateo County. During his tenure at First American Title he received numerous awards for his work and made First American Title a top title company in Sonoma and San Mateo Counties. He is one of the people who was here to watch and help shape Santa Rosa grow into the thriving city it is today. Following his retirement from First American Title, Bob bought Caffe Portofino Restaurant in downtown Santa Rosa. For the past ten years he kept a low profile there, but you could occasionally catch him in the dining room or having a Stoli at the bar. Bob will be greatly missed by many: his daughters Kristin Musante and Nicole Armato (Kevin), his sons Bryce Musante and Jayson Musante, his grandchildren: Kylie, Gracie, Ellie, and Chase, his sister Carol Dickinson and nieces and nephews: Michael Musante, Leslie Curry, Caroline Curry and Michael Curry. Bob was preceded in death by his beloved parents William and Avis Musante. In addition to his family Bob will be missed by many friends. He could come off as a tough character, but his friends knew that he had a heart of gold and could be counted on to help them out of a jam at any time, day or night. Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman, but above all he loved a good joke. He led a great life and had many funny stories to tell about it whether it be accidently setting the house on fire numerous times as a child, his many exploits in the army, or things his family and friends did during his lifetime. In the last few years many of his stories centered around the crazy antics of his four grandchildren as they were the light of his life. One thing you were guaranteed to do with Bob was laugh. A Memorial Service will be held for Bob at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 14 at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Santa Rosa Police Department Canine Unit, 965 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Private Family Interment. Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home & Crematory 525-3730
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Daniels Chapel of the Roses
1225 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 12 to Jan. 15, 2013