Robert John Lotito

September 28, 1951January 2, 2021

On January 2, 2021, Robert John Lotito passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness at the age of 69. Robert will always be remembered lovingly by his wife of 16 years, Cydney Donnell, his twin children Austin and Asianna Lotito, his daughter-in-law Theresa Lotito, his siblings Ann (Charles) Mainieri, Joan (Bob) Grissom, Mark, Mia Wagner and John, first wife Terri Arenella-Lotito and beloved niece and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his parents Robert and Marie Lotito.

A mass will be held at the Church of St. Joseph in Garden City, New York at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 17, 2021 and a celebration of life will be held in September in Fredericksburg, Texas.

A graduate of the Willsey Institute of Art and Interior Design and owner of The Interior, Robert had a 40 year career in design. He passionately designed and restored homes which he described as “interpretive restoration” on Long Island and later in Fredericksburg. Some of his favorite projects included the Garden City Historical Society building, Buckram Stables Cafe and “Albert’s Cottage” an historic Texas farm house.

Robert John Lotito was truly one of a kind. He was so very proud of his family. His twins, Asianna and Austin were his greatest joy in life. His granddaughter, Adrianna Grace Lotito, who was born on Christmas Day, will continue to build on his legacy.

Robert was extremely proud of his heritage. He could speak Italian with his hands while embracing his Lotito Italian birthright and when opining about his McGranaghan family name, pronounced with his best Irish accent, his eyes would gleam with pride.

And then there are his Texas roots that started in college but really dug in deep and solidified when he married his wife Cydney. His love of Fredericksburg, Texas had a profound influence on him in so many ways. His approach to design was unique and creative. Every garage a dancehall and every design element a tale to tell. He frequently quipped “Trust me, I’m a designer,” and he was!

Robert’s anecdotes were unending and his ability to spin a tale was beyond compare. His many stories of growing up on Long Island could take you well into the wee hours of the morning.

His love of music was boundless! Jerry Jeff Walker and many other Texas musicians became friends with “Bobby John” through the years. Just as he could spin a tale, he could spin around the dance floor with his own distinct flare. Oh, the dances we would all share! He was always the life of the party and lived his life to the fullest. His favorite phrase was “the unexpected party is the best party”. Robert is already deeply missed by not only his family but many friends since he never knew a stranger.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Garden City (New York) Historical Society, Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg Texas or to a fund of your choice supporting musicians.


17 April

Memorial Mass

11:00 am

Church of St. Joseph

130 5th Street
Garden City, New York 11530


Robert John Lotito

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Vicky Salin

January 25, 2021

Dear Cydney and family,
My sincere sympathies on Robert's passing. May God bless you and keep you close to his memory.
With kind regards,
Vicky Salin

Larry Kokel

January 9, 2021

I always enjoyed Robert's bright smile and positive attitude. I am saddened to read of his sudden death. Will miss him at our Texas A&M Real Estate Meetings. Comfort to Cydney and entire family.
Larry & Dorothy Kokel

Lisa Davis

January 8, 2021

Such a lucky girl to have met such an amazing man (and even got to have a dance)! Wish I could have gotten to know him better, but enjoy hearing the wonderful stories through his beautiful daughter. May his spirit live on through all he has touched. My deepest condolences go out to the entire family. With love and sympathy, Lisa Davis

Stewart and Kaitlyn Skloss

January 6, 2021


Our sincere condolences.

Memories of Robert singing to put a smile on everyone’s face will always be dear to our hearts.

You are doing a great job, Robert would be so proud of you!


The Skloss family

Hector and Debbie Gutierrez

January 6, 2021


Debbie and I send our deepest sympathies in this time of sadness. I did not know John that well, but every time I was around him, he had a cheerful smile on his face. We share in your grief, and we will have you and all the extended family in o ur prayers. God bless you and yours always!

Julie Corey

January 4, 2021

Robert's genuine smile could warm anyone's heart. His happy dancing feet could set a dance floor, street, or any surface for that matter on fire. His "spark" will never be extinguished.
Shine on!
Julie Corey