Robert Anthony PROVENZANO
June 13, 1935 – October 9, 2020
Robert Anthony John Provenzano, 85, of Woodbridge, VA, passed away on October 9, 2020, in the City of Alexandria, VA, surrounded by his family.
"Bob," as he was affectionately known, was born in Yonkers, NY, and raised in the Bronx. He was the second son of Joseph D. and Antonina "Annette" (née Alotta) Provenzano, Sr.
Bob attended Saint Ann School in the Bronx and graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, New York. As a boy, Bob had a strong work ethic. He was a shoeshine boy, and his first job "on the books" as a teenager was with Tucker Motor Cars, filling transmission fluid and polishing spark plugs. After high school, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve for one year and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During his eight years in the Marine Corps, he was a Machine Gunner and Military Policeman (MP). A Korean War Veteran, Bob was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. After proudly serving his country, Bob worked in construction as a crane operator, helping build New York City landmarks such as Shea Stadium and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. From 1966 to 1985, he faithfully and honorably served the City of New York as a Transit Policeman for almost 20 years during what was arguably one of the most dangerous times in the City's history. Although he would downplay it (because he was "just doing his job"), Bob was a highly-decorated public servant. Among his awards while a Transit Policeman were: the Exceptional Duty Award; the Distinguished Service Award; the Honorable Mention Award; the Meritorious Police Duty Award; and Policeman of the Year for 1979. (He earned these distinctions several times over, each, and the list is in no way complete.) He was also a member of the Honor Legion of the New York City Transit Police Department.
After retiring from service, he relocated to South Florida in 1988. He worked in several other jobs during his retirement years, such as health insurance, code enforcement, and armed security. He and his wife, Jane, moved to Northern Virginia in the autumn of 2019 to live closer to their youngest daughter and her family.
Even though Bob suffered numerous personal losses throughout his life, he pressed on and still loved with his whole heart. He was goofy, sentimental, and loved a good laugh. He was tough but not totally unchangeable. He was always so proud of the strong daughters and hard-working son he raised, and, in his later years, relished every moment with his grandchildren. He took pride in fixing things himself and providing for his family. Nature was where he best found God; some of his favorite spots included Raquette Lake, Tibbets Brook Park, Long Island Sound, South Oyster Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Florida Everglades. He loved the sunshine and the smell of the salty ocean air. He was an avid fisherman, a faithful Yankees fan, and enjoyed old movies. If you could not find him puttering in the yard or the garage, he was either helping a neighbor, reading a book, or walking the dog.
By his own example, Bob taught those he loved some invaluable life lessons: always to do your best; not to be afraid to get your hands dirty; always to be curious and see things from different perspectives; that honesty is, undoubtedly, the best policy; to live life with purpose; that your word is your bond; to be faithful to your friends; to respect nature; to adjust your sails to the wind; but most of all, that family is the most important thing.
He was a member of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, the Patrolman's Benevolent Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police. He was a lifetime pass holder of the National Park Service.
Robert was preceded in death by his father, Joseph D. Provenzano, Sr. (1976); his mother, Antonina "Annette" Alotta (1992); his brother, Joseph D. Provenzano, Jr. (1983); and his daughter, Erica Camille Provenzano (1985).
Bob is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jane (née Osborne); his children, Mark, Christine, and Janine (James); his grandchildren, Madeline, Hadley, Luke, Justin, and Julia; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family held a private viewing on October 12, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Robert A. Provenzano's name are encouraged to one of his favorite causes: military veterans, Parkinson's disease research, children's cancer research, nature/ocean conservation, or to a local animal rescue.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a memorial service and burial will be held at a date to be determined later.
To express condolences, please visit: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/
Bob's family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to: Home Instead Senior Care (especially Sarah, Deb, Gwen, Rachel, Denise, Susan, Adelina, and Shonette) and National Home Healthcare (especially Sheila, Isora, and Reshma) for the loving care and comfort they gave to Bob over the past year during his unfortunate decline.
Robert Anthony PROVENZANO
October 22, 2020
Saddened to hear that Bob had passed. He was a great Cop and we had many conversations and laughs. We worked together in Transit District One. We worked with a great cast of characters and it was always fun to go to work. As we Marines say, “Fair winds and following seas.” Semper Fi , Bob.
October 22, 2020
Rest in Peace. Condolences to the Provenzano family. May peace come from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Thank you, Bob, for your Honorable Transit Police Service. I met Bob when assigned in District 11, he was an Officer of integrity and dedication.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. - Mathew 5:4
October 21, 2020
I didn’t know Bob well, but I remember working a tour of duty in 1971 while I was still in the academy. I, fortunately, was assigned to work with Bob that day. He was my field training officer (FTO) for 8 hours. I think I learned more in that one shift than the entire 6 months in the Transit Police Academy. It was men like him that dedicated themselves to the job and to take the rookies under their wing and show them how to survive the tough and dangerous working conditions in the 1970s and 1980s. My condolences to Bob’s family and may he rest in eternal peace. Bob Davan, Captain (ret.), NYCTPD/NYPD (1971-2001).
October 21, 2020
I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. I know it’s hard to go through this pain, but I hope you may find comfort in knowing that God cares about how you feel and that He promises that “there is going to be a resurrection.” (Acts 24:15) (1 Peter 5:7) Won’t that be wonderful to see our loved ones again! I hope this promise brings you comfort as it does me. May Bobby "Rest in Peace"
October 20, 2020
I miss our every day morning (and sometimes afternoon) walks with Bob and Yankee!
Rooney still drags me down to Bob's old house and goes right up the driveway expecting the garage door to go up and to see Bob with a treat in his pocket.
He is certainly missed in our neighborhood! Will always have very fond memories.
Much love to Jane and the family.
October 20, 2020
We have so many memories of Sweetie throughout the years. Shared holidays, fun dinners and being with friends. Now he is at peace and with his family in Heaven. Rest in peace Sweetie
October 12, 2020
Bob was a kind gentle person..I will always remeber the care he took of Yankee.