Robert W. Canzoneri
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CANZONERI Robert W. Canzoneri, born November 21, 1925, died December 4, 2010, at home, surrounded by friends and dogs. Bob was the author of several books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and his work appeared in many anthologies; he was Emeritus professor of English, and original Director of the Creative Writing Program (now the MFA) at Ohio State. Bob got his undergraduate degree at Mississippi College, his Masters at Ole Miss, and his Ph.D. at Stanford University. During WWII, Bob was a decorated Naval Airman (tail gunner on a PB4Y-1) in the Pacific. He is preceded in death by his parents Mabel (Barnett), and Joe Canzoneri, by his awesome dogs: Bear, Topper, Boots, Toddles, and The Dude. He is survived by Blue and Big Mac; his wife of 38 years, Candy; his son, (Tony); daughter, (Nina); and several grandchildren. "Here's lookin' at you, kid." Memorial arrangements pending. If friends wish, contributions to the Aunt Rudy Fund [c/o Candy] or charity of choice.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Dec. 7 to Dec. 8, 2010.
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January 28, 2019
I didn't know Bob...about the only things we have in common are...I have my degrees from OSU and I was a college professor for 34 years. However! Bob, your novel: Men With Little Hammers, remains one of my all time favorite books, which, to this day, sits on my bookshelf, many years after my own retirement from teaching. Rest in peace, Bob.
Joseph Keane
January 28, 2019
Joseph Keane
August 20, 2018
Candy, I don't know you, and I didn't know Bob, and I don't know if you even will check this page so many years after Bob's death, but his "Potboiler" is one of my favourite books of all time. I reread it every summer and every year, it means something different to me, as I get older and understand life more clearly. I wish so much that I had got in touch with him and with you when he was alive, to thank him. But at least I can thank you.
Kristen Frederickson
October 26, 2015
I chanced to meet Robert Canzoneri about 40 years ago when he was teaching a course at Louisiana College entitled "Advanced Composition". I had no idea when I signed up for this class that it would change not only the way I write, but the way I think and the way I live.
Dewain Belgard
October 14, 2011
My favorite professor at OSU. He encouraged a love of writing that continues to this day. Jay Osborne Columbus
January 16, 2011
In his eyes, there was depth,
In his word, there was wisdom,
In his heart, there was joy,
Bob & Candy, thank you for existing! :-)
From your Memphis Side >
Chuck Hester
January 5, 2011
Candy, Bob will always be a legend in my own heart which I have passed on to Ali as well as copies of his books that I had. Hardly a week goes by that I don't tell someone a story about all the good times, conversation and adventures we shared. Much love, Becky Canzoneri
Rebecca Canzoneri
December 31, 2010
Tough, gentle, ministerial: I have known Bob since our Palo Alto days. Could imagine him saying Miss me, but don't forget to carry on . . . Condolences, Candy.
John Stewart
December 30, 2010
I loved talking to Bob and I will miss our conversations. He was always the kind and gentle man who lifted my spirits with his humor and kind words.
Harold/Annette Highland
December 29, 2010
Bob was my first fiction/creative writing professor. I had many classes from him and could never get enough of his wisdom and lessons on the craft. Fortunately, I was able to express my gratitude to him back in 2004 when we had lunch. I shared my publishing successes with him and thanked him. He said, "Oh well I maybe pointed you along. But this is all you." I beg to differ Bob. That I write today, and that anything I write might bring even an iota of pleasure to a reader here or there, all stems from your encouragement and generosity as a writing teacher, and your artful genius as a writer. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Thanks Bob!
Mark Fabiano
December 29, 2010
Candy, I just heard of Bob's passing. You (and the pups)are in my thoughts and prayers.
Julie Bull
December 28, 2010
Candy, was sorry to hear about Bob. I remember him fondly. Our prayers are with you all. Love, Teresa Austin and Family (DeAnne Furry's youngest daughter).
Teresa Austin
December 28, 2010
I always enjoyed talking with Bob and also reading his entertaining perspectives. He was much loved by Boo Boo and Uncle Tommy Davis He had a great run. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the pups.
Cuz Ron & Jan Davis
December 11, 2010
Bob welcomed me for several summers when I was teaching at OSU and living in one of the dorms. He'd get me out to his wonderful house and Candy and I would play with the dogs and shuck corn while he made bread, grilled ribs, or concocted some other fabulous feast for us to lay waste to. I loved his spirit, his writing, his sense of fun; I loved being part of his circle, because he loved life and lived it so well.
Marilyn Johnson
December 9, 2010
Candy, I took your English 265 almost 25 years ago, and memories of your wit and wisdom remain with me. You introduced me to Bob that quarter. I recall him fondly and over the years heard nothing but good things whenever his name came up. My deepest condolences.
Steve Kaczmarek
December 9, 2010
Bob was all about love & laughter, fine wines and fine writing, kisses hello and goodbye, sports and dogs and walks in the bottoms. As somebody said in Little Women about Beth, Bob isn't lost to us, just gone before. Bob's nothing but the best, and so are Candy and the pups.
Ceci Gray
December 8, 2010
Some people just seem to live more life than the rest of us. A great story teller, a fantastic chef, an ever willing participant in the sometimes silly but always competitive games we used to play. Even though we haven't been close for years,the world seems a slightly grayer place knowing that Bob has left it. Candy, please let us know if there is anything we can do. My mother, Jo Ann, was hoping that there would be a memorial service... We will miss Bob, but we have missed you too.

- The Rusoff Clan... TJ,Courtney,Brad and JoAnn
Martin Rusoff
December 8, 2010
Blaine Andrus wanted me to be sure to send his deepest sympathy to you and your family. He has so many fond memories of his conversations with you
December 8, 2010
I didn't know Bob well, but I was and remain an ardent fan of his work. Nobody wrote with more wit, insight and warmth than Bob Canzoneri, and his books are models of instruction for those in thrall to the "willed word." Lee K. Abbott, current Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at OSU.
December 8, 2010
Deep blessings of comfort and peace upon you and your family, Candy. Memories.....the inception of Creative Writing @ OSU, plus a great class with Professor Canzoneri, when I took the creative writing plunge as a non-traditional student back in the day.

Carolyn Wilkins
December 8, 2010
Blaine Andrus wanted me to be sure to send his deepest sympathy to you and your family. He has so many fond memories of his conversations with you
December 8, 2010
I've never laughed so hard or so long as I did whenever Bob was in the room. Friend, teacher, mentor -- a man I've admired more than any other. He will be sorely missed.
Doug Gray
December 8, 2010
Thank you for your service to our country.

Blue Star Mothers of America
Buckeye Military Moms, Ch 9
Worthington/Cols. OH
December 8, 2010
Bob was a fine writer, a terrific colleague, and a wonderful, wise, witty man.
Murray Beja
December 7, 2010
Mr. Canzoneri was a great man that will truly be missed , I was blessed to know him, He will never be forgotten. May God forever Bless and keep his loving wife Candy and his family.

With Love,
Lolita Johnson
Lolita Johnson
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