Wanzer, Robert F.
Pittsford: Passed away peacefully at his home, 94 years young, on January 23, 2016. Bobby Wanzer is known throughout the Rochester community for his accomplishments as a basketball player and coach. He was a member of the championship Rochester Royals team, 5X NBA All Star and NBA Most Valuable Player in 1953. "Hooks" was the first NBA player to shoot over 90% from the free throw line. He was St. John Fisher's first basketball coach and the basketball court is named in his honor. Bobby Wanzer is an elected member of the Naismith NBA Hall of Fame, US Marine Corps Hall of Fame, Seton Hall College Hall of Fame, and others.
Bobby is remembered by his family as a loving, charismatic husband, father and grandfather. Bob loved everyone and everyone loved him. His family and friends will miss his sense of humor, wit, charisma, smile, love of life, and love of golf and the 19th hole.
Pre-deceased by his wife, Nina Penrose Wanzer and son-in-law, Darrel Dupra. He is survived by daughters, Mary and Beth Wanzer; son, Bobby (Nancy) Wanzer; grandchildren, Jeff, Zach and Whitney Dupra, Marti and Madison Wanzer; great-granddaughter, Seneca Hernandez Dupra; sister, Marilyn (Robert) Ulrich.
Friends may call Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 4-7 PM at the funeral chapel (2305 Monroe Ave.). Friends are invited to bring a written memory of Bobby for the family's memory book. A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, 10 AM at Church of the Transfiguration, 50 W. Bloomfield Rd., Pittsford. Interment will be private. Memorial donations may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project or to Pittsford Volunteer Ambulance. To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family visit www.anthonychapels.com