Canfield, Ohio - On January 28, 2022, this world lost a husband, father, uncle, cousin, friend, and mentor. Robert Gallitto transitioned peacefully to his eternal glory with the love and support of his family.
Bob was born in the Collinwood area of Cleveland and married his high school sweetheart, Joan. After having two children, they relocated to Boardman and later, to Canfield. Bob retired from Hunt-Wesson Foods (and its successors) as a respected territory manager after 40 years of loyal service. He was responsible for Ohio, western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia which enabled him to know many restauranteurs and distributors and encounter random diners in small towns that he could recommend, if asked. He appreciated his co-workers for being such a successful team.
In his blessed life, he had the privilege to travel extensively, both domestically and abroad, including frequent trips to California and Florida and memorable trips to Italy, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and many islands in the Caribbean. He could fix anything and used his skills as a sometime carpenter, painter, plumber, tiler, or wallpaper hanger, everywhere from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to his and his children’s homes, their rentals, and even their college housing. Bob loved to golf with his relatives and friends and had the good fortune to play dream courses like Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines and he recently shot his age. Bob loved his family, sports, baking biscotti, and making homemade red wine, and making sauce, meatballs and braciole for Sunday dinner.
Joan, his wife of almost 64 years will continue his memory. His son Robert (and spouse Susan) and daughter Robyn will never forget his imprint on their lives and the lessons he taught them. Bob was proud of his three grandchildren Mark (Kelli), Kelsey (Matt), and Jenna and his 5 great-grandchildren Franki, Jackson, Curren, Westley, and most recently, little Reagan, all of whom will delight in stories about their Grandpa B.
Bob’s family gives sincere thanks to everyone who took care of him including, but not limited to, Dr. Charles E. Wilkins, Dr. Andres Schanzer and the team at UMass Memorial in Worcester, Massachusetts, Dr. Indra P. Limbu, Dr. Jason Delatore, the nurses at 8 West Extension at St. E’s, and his caretakers Alysia, Rosita, and nurse Rhonda.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 10:00 am until 10:55 am with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 am all held at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7345 Westview Dr., Boardman, with Father Philip Rogers as officiant. There will be a Celebration of his full life will be held in June.
The family appreciates the outpouring of love, support, and prayers. They suggest that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in Bob’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Boys Town, or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements were handled by the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. Boardman.
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book or send condolences to Bob’s family.
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