Robert V. Sperandio
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Robert V. Sperandio

Spencerport - Bob has left us after a short time of coping with dementia. He has left behind his wife and partner of 54 years, Jackie, his daughter Beth and her husband Richard, his son Mark and his wife Joan. He has also left 2 loved granddaughters, Cecilia and Lilah, a brother Phil and his wife Donna, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Marty and Lucy Sperandio and a sister Janet Day.

Bob was born in Hartford, CT but spent his childhood and teen years in Gates. He graduated from Aquinas High School and later from the University of Windsor where he earned an MBA degree. Bob was an entrepreneur… he loved the building of a business, the interaction with the people who were building it with him and the feeling of success when things worked. He built the family business Sporting Dog Specialties from a tiny enterprise in his family's basement to a successful business that offered jobs to over 400 people.

In retirement, he took his love of a challenge to volunteerism. He often said that helping the people who were doing important work was one of the greatest joys of his life. He was proud to think he made a difference in his volunteer work at Lifetime Assistance and Hope Hall. But probably he was most proud to have been able to see his children grow to be good caring adults.

Bob deserves a sendoff with accolades, balloons, tears and laughter. But instead we ask that you raise a glass in his memory and consider remembering him with a gift to his favorite places… Hope Hall, 1612 Buffalo Rd., Rochester N.Y. 14624 or Lifetime Assistance Foundation, 425 Paul Rd. Rochester, N.Y. 14624. There will be no calling or memorial services at this time. Arrangements entrusted to Fowler Funeral Home Inc. www.fowlerfuneralhomeinc.com.




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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Jun. 29 to Jul. 5, 2020.
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July 11, 2020
It has taken me a while to process Bob's passing. We had many interesting conversations on a wide range of subjects, all lengthy, some historical, some comical, and a few illegal, depending on ones perspective. I shall miss him dearly. Travel well Bob, wherever your journeys take you.

Jack Moylan
Friend
July 10, 2020
My sincere condolences to Jackie, Mark and Beth. Bob had a great impact on many people. I know he'll be deeply missed. Whenever I think of him, I see that great big smile and the gentle, kind and thoughtful energy that he emanated. He was a smart mand who really cared about people. I'm so grateful for all that I learned while working at SDS, and so glad to have been able to see him and Jackie at the SDS reunion some years ago. Still the same big smile and laugh!
Chris Lobkowicz
Coworker
July 9, 2020
Bob and Chris met in 1966 at General Foods in Toronto where they were both in Marketing. Among the number of bright trainees, they formed a special connection. When Cathy joined the company in Personnel a year later, Bob flagged Chris that there was a new girl in the company he should meet. Soon Cathy and Chris were dating and a year and a half later they were married with Bob as Best Man. So he certainly had an impact on our lives.

When Bob took Jackie and baby Beth back to Rochester to live, we kept in touch by visiting each other. Conversation around their oak kitchen table is how we spent most of the time, eating delicious food and talking about our lives and future plans. We sometimes sat so long at the table that it was almost time for our next meal!

In the 70s, we got transferred to Brazil and had two sons. Sadly, marital breakdown in 1980 resulted in Cathy and her two little boys returning to Canada. Soon she made a visit to Bob and Jackie for emotional support and ideas resulting in Cathy building a career in Toronto in executive search thanks to an idea of Bob's - major impact number 2!

Over the subsequent years, Cathy visited Bob and Jackie in Rochester, Sarasota, Stratford and attended both Mark's and Beth's weddings. Bob and Jackie visited her on Vancouver Island where she happily retired in 2007.

It has been a long and valuable friendship and we will miss Bob.

With warm memories of Bob and caring thoughts for Jackie.
Cathy Lohrisch (Sidney, BC) and Chris Lohrisch ( Rio de Janeiro), now close frien
Friend
July 8, 2020
Sincere condolences to family and friends. Bob was one of the best. Love to the Sperandio family.
Sharon & Mel Burch
Friend
July 5, 2020
My condolences to the Sperandio family.
Fred Holbrook
Friend
July 2, 2020
I HAVEN'T SEEN BOB FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS WHEN WE BOTH WORKED TOGETHER AT MOBIL PLASTICS IN MACEDON NY, BUT I SEE THAT RADIANT SMILE AND ALL THOSE YEARS VANISH AND THERE HE STANDS,LAUGHING AWAY. BOB WAS QUITE A GUY. WE ALL ENJOYED WORKING WITH BOB. (IF YOU CAN CALL IT WORK)
JACK BUNKER
Friend
July 2, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Ray & Lesley Arsenault
Family
July 2, 2020
With Great sorrow and a heavy heart we say good bye to a true Gentleman. He and his family will always be remembered in the Kunkle Family.
Steven Kunkle
Neighbor
July 1, 2020
One of the smartest most thoughtful men you could ever hope to know. So sorry to hear of the loss for his wife, family and community. A true giant.
Sean Rickert
Acquaintance
June 30, 2020
God Bless our Aquinas Brother
Aquinas Alumni Office
Classmate
June 29, 2020
Bob was a great Boss, Leader and Entrepreneur. He was a people person and proud of the accomplishments of his employees both during and after working at Sporting Dog. His greatest accomplishment was choice of business and life partner - Jackie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids. Aquinas Evermore!
Mike Kelly
Coworker
June 29, 2020
I was an employee of Bob's at Sporting Dog. He was always willing to take time for you and was always interested in who you were. He made work fun. I will never forget this generous, friendly man.
Sharon Stern
Coworker
June 29, 2020
Bob was a great friend and the most caring person I have had the pleasure of knowing. He has been a role model in business and helped me become a more thoughtful and caring person through his example. I will miss the frequent breakfasts and talks we shared. I will miss his witty sense of humor, his passion of helping others and overall story telling. I am very lucky to have know him.
Bob Estephan
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