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OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" Panzino

12 July, 197229 December, 2019
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Auburn _ Robert “Bob” Panzino, 47, passed away after a prolonged illness on December 29th, 2019, at The Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn with his family by his side. Bob was born in Lewiston on July 12, 1972, the youngest son of the late Onile Panzino of Lewiston and Shirley Horton of Texas. Bob worked in manufacturing most of his life. He began his career at Supreme Slipper, working alongside his brother, where he quickly rose to a supervisor position. He then worked at LA Molding in a supervisory role where he first made LLBean Boots; in his late 20's he was recruited to work as a supervisor at United Rotary Brush in Ohio where he was later promoted to Plant Manager. In 2011 Bob returned home to Maine where he took a job at LLBean as a Front Line supervisor to ironically make Bean Boots once again. It was reported time and time again by Bob’s employees about what a wonderful boss he was. He was admired and respected due to his work ethic and willingness to work alongside his employees and was nominated several times for “Bean’s Best” employees. Bob was always a family man and adored his children. He introduced them to the world of fishing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and camping through trips to the same campground he attended as a child. He also spent his time enjoying the beautiful Maine wilderness in his family cabin in Jackman, ME. Bob was an avid bass fisherman and cherished the time he spent out on the water. Bob was the kind of man who would drop everything to support a friend and had a huge positive impact on everyone he met. He was a good listener and a great mediator. His calm demeanor made him easy to talk with and a confidant to many. Bob was a loving father and brother, always putting family first. He had a way of making every problem seem surmountable regardless of how difficult or complicated the situation was. He was always saying “it’s going to be fine—we got this”. In August of 2018 Rob was diagnosed with a very advanced cancer. Though his diagnosis was devastating, Bob fought valiantly to have as much time as possible with his family, beating the odds for almost 17 months. Bob left this world a better place and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his three children, Karissa Panzino of Gorham, ME, and Kyle and Kaylee Panzino of Litchfield, ME. He has four siblings, Sandy Griffin of Jacksonville, FL, William Panzino of Auburn, ME, Laura Panzino of Phoenix, AZ and Darlene Panzino of South Portland, ME. Bob also is survived by his ex-wife, Kristen Bisson of Litchfield, ME and a niece and nephew from Auburn, ME. Finally, we would like to give special thanks to his many close friends who were incredibly supportive during this past year—you know who you are-- thank you. You are invited to offer your condolences and share fond memories with the family by visiting Bob’s guestbook at www.thefortingroupauburn.com. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at The Fortin Group/Plummer Merrill Funeral Home in Auburn. A memorial service wiil be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 2:00 PM. Donations may be made to: The St. Mary’s Oncology Department, Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240. A service of The Fortin Group/Plummer Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services, 217 Turner St., Auburn, Maine 04210. 783-8545

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his three children, Karissa Panzino of Gorham, ME, and Kyle and Kaylee Panzino of Litchfield, ME. He has four siblings, Sandy Griffin of Jacksonville, FL, William Panzino of Auburn, ME, Laura Panzino of Phoenix, AZ and Darlene Panzino of South Portland, ME. Bob also is survived by his ex-wife, Kristen Bisson of Litchfield, ME and a niece and nephew from Auburn, ME.He is survived by his three children, Karissa Panzino of Gorham, ME, and Kyle and Kaylee Panzino of Litchfield, ME. He has four siblings, Sandy Griffin of Jacksonville, FL, William Panzino of Auburn, ME, Laura Panzino of Phoenix, AZ and Darlene Panzino of South Portland, ME. Bob also is survived by his ex-wife, Kristen Bisson of Litchfield, ME and a niece and nephew from Auburn, ME.
  • DONATIONS

  • The St. Mary’s Oncology Department, Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, 4 January , 2020
  • Memorial Service Sunday, 5 January , 2020

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Elizabeth Gondek

January 9, 2020

Bob was a wonderful co-worker. He was full of fun. He also made it clear that his children were his priority, All my sympathy to his children. I am sad to see him go.

John Neal

January 4, 2020

Dear Karissa and family,
I was so sorry to read of Robert’s passing. While I never recall meeting him in person, he clearly knew how to raise some wonderful kids, and I am so sorry for your loss especially around the holidays. Thinking of you and wishing you comfort and warm memories in the days ahead. John Neal

Lisa Flynn

January 3, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked for your father in Brunswick manufacturing. He was one of the best bosses I worked for. He will be very missed. I will keep you in my prayers.

Donna Berube

January 3, 2020

Karissa, Kaylee and Kyle, when we lose a parent, what moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more hug. You may not understand why your Dad left this earth so soon, or why he left before you were ready to say good-bye, but little by little you will begin to remember not just that he passed but that he lived a wonderful fulfilling life that gave us all memories too beautiful to forget. Hold tight to the memories for comfort, lean on your friends and family for strength and always remember how much you are loved.

Judy Kutchmarick

January 2, 2020

I know Bob's greatest legacy......his children. Poised, funny, polite, generous, compassionate human beings. He loved them unconditionally and was the most doting father I know. All his greatest attributes will live on through his kids. As a parent we can hope for little more. Forever in our hearts.

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Biography

Auburn _ Robert “Bob” Panzino, 47, passed away after a prolonged illness on December 29th, 2019, at The Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn with his family by his side. Bob was born in Lewiston on July 12, 1972, the youngest son of the late Onile Panzino of Lewiston and Shirley Horton of Texas. Bob worked in manufacturing most of his life. He began his career at Supreme Slipper, working alongside his brother, where he quickly rose to a supervisor position. He then worked at LA Molding in a supervisory role where he first made LLBean Boots; in his late 20s he was recruited to work as a supervisor at United Rotary Brush in Ohio where he was later promoted to Plant Manager. In 2011 Bob returned home to Maine where he took a job at LLBean as a Front Line supervisor to ironically make Bean Boots once again. It was reported time and time again by Bob’s employees about what a wonderful boss he was. He was admired and respected due to his work ethic and willingness to work alongside his employees and was nominated several times for “Bean’s Best” employees. Bob was always a family man and adored his children. He introduced them to the world of fishing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and camping through trips to the same campground he attended as a child. He also spent his time enjoying the beautiful Maine wilderness in his family cabin in Jackman, ME. Bob was an avid bass fisherman and cherished the time he spent out on the water. Bob was the kind of man who would drop everything to support a friend and had a huge positive impact on everyone he met. He was a good listener and a great mediator. His calm demeanor made him easy to talk with and a confidant to many. Bob was a loving father and brother, always putting family first. He had a way of making every problem seem surmountable regardless of how difficult or complicated the situation was. He was always saying “it’s going to be fine—we got this”. In August of 2018 Rob was diagnosed with a very advanced cancer. Though his diagnosis was devastating, Bob fought valiantly to have as much time as possible with his family, beating the odds for almost 17 months. Bob left this world a better place and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his three children, Karissa Panzino of Gorham, ME, and Kyle and Kaylee Panzino of Litchfield, ME. He has four siblings, Sandy Griffin of Jacksonville, FL, William Panzino of Auburn, ME, Laura Panzino of Phoenix, AZ and Darlene Panzino of South Portland, ME. Bob also is survived by his ex-wife, Kristen Bisson of Litchfield, ME and a niece and nephew from Auburn, ME. Finally, we would like to give special thanks to his many close friends who were incredibly supportive during this past year—you know who you are-- thank you.
You are invited to offer your condolences and share fond memories with the family by visiting Bob’s guestbook at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at The Fortin Group/Plummer Merrill Funeral Home in Auburn. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 2:00 PM.