Curto, Robert F.
Robert Curto, age 58, of Stamford, CT, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 11th, 2014.
Born in Mt. Vernon, NY, Bob graduated from Iona Prep and Iona College in New Rochelle. He held numerous positions through the years in Travel & Leisure trade publications, and was currently employed with Genome.com in NYC.
Bob worked endlessly for his family, who were the most important people in his life. He relished a 30 year marriage with his high school sweetheart, Martine, in a relationship that spanned over 40 years. He was "all she knew" and together with their brood of boys they were mainstays on countless baseball diamonds and left an indelible mark on the Stamford community.
More than anything, Bob loved his boys, never missing a ballgame while being their biggest cheerleader. He was known around town for his distinctive sultry voice, his wicked sense of humor and his winded "boys club" email forum riddled with sports banter, politics and off color exchanges. He was the consummate storyteller, loved baseball, anything Yankees, his fish ponds, his dog Slider and his Flash Golden 1970 Firebird! He could sell you anything and was known to start sentences with "you're wrong and I'm going to tell you why you're wrong" and end them with "what's the big deal!"
It is easy to look back and reflect on who Bob was and the incredible impact he made on those who were lucky enough to know him. He will be sorely missed by his beloved neighborhood gang who incited an intense baseball rivalry, and by the masses of sports fans who were both touched and impressed by his fanatical gift of gab and his uncanny knowledge of baseball statistics.
Bob was a complete rabble-rouser, stirring up everyone around him in ways that enhanced their lives and often left them breathless! Of all the rituals Bob enjoyed, his favorite was his annual pilgrimage with his boys to see every ballpark in America. And many will remember his birthday/Christmas gift to his sons when he spent almost a month transforming his basement into a vintage train extravaganza!
Bob was a big deal on many levels and touched lives beyond what he imagined.
He is survived by his wife Martine, his three sons Ryan, Brandon and Cameron, and his sister Karen Zinman and her husband Sanford of Rye Brook, NY, and multiple nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Fred, and mother, Ann.
The family will receive friends at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer St. in Stamford on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Funeral Mass to be celebrated at St. Leo Roman Catholic Church, 24 Roxbury Rd. in Stamford, on Friday, May 16 at 10: 00 AM. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Stevens Avenue in Hawthorne, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made payable to "College America" via Matt Robey, The Connecticut Group, 500 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To keave an online condolence please visit www.leopgallagherstamford.com
Published in StamfordAdvocate from May 13 to May 15, 2014