OBITUARY

Robert S. Comparato

August 3, 1918February 18, 2021

Robert S. (Bob) Comparato passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021. He was born in Quincy, MA, on August 3, 1918, was 102 1/2 years old, and was amazingly active and always sharp as a tack. Bob was the son of the late Joseph Comparato and Mary Mormino Comparato. In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his wonderful wife of 55 years, Alice Lamb Comparato, who he met on a blind date mix-up while serving in WWII. He was also predeceased by his daughter, Donna C. Dean, her husband Richard Dean, and daughter-in-law, Debbie Osbourne Comparato. Bob is survived by his son, Robert J. Comparato, daughter, Linda Comparato Dukes and son-in-law, Robert (Bob) Dukes, 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Bob was an avid participant in all of his children’s activities and coached his son and countless others in Titusville’s Pony League and American League Baseball. He taught Linda to keep score so he could have his own record of the game, while Alice and Donna helped in the concession stand. He had many grand adventures with Bob, Linda and Donna, as well as their spouses, other family members and friends. He loved travelling the world and the US; and always made waves when he graced the dance floor with his fluid moves. His favorite trips were to Europe when his daughter, Donna, lived and worked in Switzerland. He also loved fishing either alone or with friends, and with his son-in-law, Richard. He was dearly loved by his parents, siblings, wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, army buddies, MA, VA and FL neighbors, friends, co-workers and acquaintances. Bob and Alice hosted countless family, friends and neighborhood get-togethers. They were loved by all. Bob had the unique ability to engage everyone he met, and bring them in to his circle of friends. Many considered him a surrogate father, and he embraced them all. He was especially proud of his grandchildren.

The Comparatos moved to Titusville in 1959. Bob worked for many of the aircraft companies at Cape Kennedy and was also a Labor Relations Specialist. After retirement, he worked with his son, Bob, for Josten’s. The two Bobs were a big hit with the high school students they served! Bob and Alice were instrumental in the organization and construction of Teen Town, in order to give their teenagers and other teens a safe place to dance and have fun. Bob faithfully attended St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, and after Alice’s passing, Mims Methodist Church, with his girlfriend, Joanne Pacific. He lived with his son, Bob, and at Riverview Senior Living in his later years. He was most grateful for Bob’s loving (and fun) care, and for Bob’s girlfriend, Laura Lee Jennings, and her wonderful cooking, special treats and gifts.

A celebration of life will be held on March 6 at 2 pm at Brevard Memorial Funeral Home & Cemetery, 320 Spring Street, Cocoa, FL. 32927, and be live streamed from their Facebook page. A Facebook account is not needed to preview the service, and it will be available on the website, even after the service. Bob’s son-in-law, Rev. Robert D. (Bob) Dukes will be officiating. To distinguish between the 3 Bob’s in the family, Bob would call Linda’s Bob, the DUKE, or the Duker from Paducha.

Visitation is from 1-2 pm, and burial will follow. One Christmas, Bob and Alice asked the children to donate to a charity rather than giving gifts to them. In that spirit, in lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice, or Bob and Linda Dukes’ ministry, Worldwide Discipleship Association, PO Box 142437, Fayetteville, GA 30214.

Services

6 March

Visitation

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Brevard Memorial Funeral Home

5475 North Us Highway 1
Cocoa, FL 32927

6 March

Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Brevard Memorial Funeral Home

5475 North Us Highway 1
Cocoa, FL 32927

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Maria Davis

February 28, 2021

Dear Bob and Linda and family,

I have such fond memories of Bob. What a sweet engaging, and encouraging man! Even though I have not seen him for a few years, I remember even in spite of his failing eyes, he still had a smile and told stories and was interested in our lives. My prayers are with you at this time.

Love, Maria Davis

Chesley ("Spike") Gwinn

February 28, 2021

In loving memory of Uncle Bob and Aunt Alice, we cherish all the great times, thousands of laughs, hundreds of songs sang, and scores of dances spun that our two families shared over the 80+ years of their friendship. May these memories bring more smiles as we embrace the time that they spent with each other and with us as their children.
Sincerely,
The Gwinn Family: Madeline and Peggy; Toni, George and Shannon; Skip and Celia; and, Ches "Spike" and Debbie

Pictured L to R--The Gwinn Family Matriarchs (Uncle Bob's dance partners): Helen(90 at passing), Madeline "Tootie" (96) and Peggy (81)

Wilbur Hundley

February 26, 2021

Bob amd Linda, I have thought of your Dad often over the years. We had so many great visits to your home in Winter Haven and enjoyed many adventures that accompanied those trips. Mom always enjoyed the visits with both of your parents after they moved to Titusville and I remember my last visit to see both of them. Uncle Bob was a great guy.

Connie Hassell

February 25, 2021

This was our last visit with Uncle Bob! We will miss you!
Love Connie & John

Dawn Howeth

February 25, 2021

A fabulous memory with most of the cousins! We were celebrating John & Connie’s 50th Anniversary and Uncle Bob couldn’t travel. We managed to get HIM in the picture anyway. Much love to all of my cousins

Dawn Howeth

February 25, 2021

Going to miss you Uncle Bob! You always made us feel like we had never been apart! Love you
Dawn Jeff & Robbie

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY