ROBERT (BOB) FRANCESCHINI SR.
March 7, 1930 - February 12, 2013
Beloved father, grandfather, business and community leader.
Bob was most often characterized as generous and gregarious. His charm, welcoming nature, and smile were legendary. He had a keen sense of style and always "dressed to the nines." See's candy and fine wines were often in his hands when he made visits to friends and colleagues. Bob's family was his true passion and he treasured family dinners and vacations, especially those at Lake Tahoe, which was his favorite place to summer. Bob and his late wife, Nadine, derived much happiness from their active and dynamic social life. A few years ago they were honored as co-recipients of the Sons of Italy Western Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Born in Palo Alto, CA Bob graduated from St. Joseph's Elementary School, Bellarmine College Preparatory, and Santa Clara University. He also attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Bob's past community involvements included the following: Board of Directors of Kainos Home and Training Center, President of the Sequoia Foundation, President Holbrook Palmer Park Foundation, President and Co Founder of the Sequoia Awards, President of the Atherton Civic Interest League, President St. Pius Men's Club, President of the YMCA of Redwood City, President of the Redwood City Chamber of Commerce, which awarded him their "Man of the Year" Award in 1974.
Bob was also a President of the California Beer Wholesaler's Assoc. He was a Bay Area beverage distributor and President of Coors West & Regal Beverages. Bob also co-founded Evergreen Savings and Loan Association.
Through the years, Bob was an avid gardener, duck hunter, fisherman and golfer. Bob was a member of the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country club for 36 years. He was a lifelong Stanford, San Francisco 49er and Giants fan. He truly enjoyed music especially the Big Bands and Jazz.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Angelo and Margaret Fabbro Franceschini. His cherished wife, Nadine Paolino, passed away in 2008 after 52 years of marriage. He is survived by his children: Robyn (Dick) Budelli, Robert (Kathy) Franceschini Jr., Richard Franceschini, and grandchildren, Francesca (Brady) Budelli Harter, Adam Budelli, Robert III and Evan Franceschini. Bob is also survived by his sister, Mary Riviello, uncle, Frank Fabbro, and aunt, Sarah Balocco. We would like to thank Sylvia Nelson for bringing him happiness in his final years. Special thanks to Goodie VeraCruz, his dedicated caregiver.
A memorial Mass in celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, February 28 at 10:30am at St. Pius Church, 1100 Woodside Road, Redwood City. In lieu of flowers please honor his memory by sending donations to one of the following: Robert and Nadine Franceschini Endowment Scholarship Fund, St. Francis High School, 1885 Miramonte Ave, Mt. View, CA 94040 (www.sfhs.com
) or Kainos Home and Training Center, 3631 Jefferson, Redwood City, CA 94062 (www.kainosusa.org