OBITUARY

Robert Thomas Delgado

March 30, 1951February 18, 2021

Robert Thomas Delgado passed away in Culpeper, VA on Thursday, February 18, 2021, from cardiac arrest. He was 69 years old.

Bob was born in Cleveland, Ohio, grew up in Reminderville, OH, and graduated from Aurora High School in 1969. He was called to service in the United States Navy in 1970. He left the Navy for a time and later returned as a USN Seabee Reservist, eventually completing his military service in the United States Coast Guard, as a USCG Master Chief. As a civil servant, Bob was a master HVAC specialist, who supported the US Coast Guard, designing, installing, and maintaining HVAC systems on USCG Cutters, in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Bahrain.

He was a fierce patriot and defender of our country, a proud civil servant, an amateur genealogist and historian, a hunter, a fisherman, a gardener, a jack of all trades, but most importantly, a loyal friend and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin. He strongly felt that you needed to know where you came from, in order to know where you are going, and that family is everything. Whether you knew him for 50 years or 5 minutes, and whether you called him Bob, Zip, UB, Master Chief, Dad, Grandpa or Umpa, you knew he had your back.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Suzanne Delgado (Taylor), his daughter Tracy (Carlos) Montenegro, his son Ryan (Katie) Delgado, his grandchildren, Isabel, Victor and Mason, his brother William (Cheryl) Delgado, 9 nieces and nephews, 19 great nieces and nephews and so many cousins that we lost count. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie James Delgado and Mary Margaret Delgado (Algeri).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish to express sympathy consider making a donation to one of the following organizations in Bob’s name.

Fisher House Foundation – Builds comfort homes where military & veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital, https://connect.fisherhouse.org/campaign/In-Memory-of-Master-Chief-Robert-T--Delgado;

Saint Bernadette Parish and School – Springfield, Virginia (please put Bob Delgado’s name in the note), https://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/VA70/14054

A funeral service will be held in the chapel of Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA 22701 at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2021. . Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all guests are required to utilize face masks. Please join livestream at 12:00 p.m. at https://www.facebook.com/CloreEnglish/. Interment in Culpeper National Cemetery, New Grounds, will immediately follow the service.

Fond memories and condolences may be shared with the Delgado family through clore-english.com. The Delgado family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements.

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  • Interment to Follow in Culpeper National Cemetery- New Grounds- 501 E. Chandler Street

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Edward Nagle

February 24, 2021

I was so honored to know Bob for over 20 years. From Miami to Norfolk to Culpepper, he was the same great guy who exhibited the truly great qualities of patriotism and citizenship each and every day of his life. I will miss our hunting exchanges and his constant wisdom. He was respected and loved and no leader, father, or husband could ever ask for more than that. I will miss him greatly!

Becky Walser

February 24, 2021

I will always feel blessed to have known Bob. He was so welcoming to both Ben and myself, and had such and ease with my son. Ben was troubled at home, and after being with you and Bob even a short while, always was uplifted and "whole" coming home. His love of music inspired Ben, and they had a very special connection in a short time. I thank you, Bob, (and Suzanne, and God), for being in his and my lives. Your love together was palpable, and I am so sorry for your loss, God called him home, Suzanne, and God's still here for you. I pray for Him to hold you and your family tight as you grieve, and heal your hurt.
Lots of love,
Becky and Ben Walser

George Alexsovich

February 24, 2021

Suzanne, Tracy, Ryan and family members
Charlotte and I send you our love and sympathy. Even though I’ve not lived near Ohio for some time, I am among those missing Bob’s presence.
My most vivid early memories of Bob date back to the time when we were children. The drive from Brooklyn to Reminderville seemed to take forever. But as soon as we arrived Bob, Billy and I would immediately run into the woods to begin an adventure. We played, of course with Bob as our guide, until uncle Will’s whistle brought us home for lunch.
Bob has always been the current linch pin of the Delgado family bringing us together for reunions. Bob continued a social tradition that bound the Delgado together. I remember it began with our grandparents. I remember Christmas gatherings at their home with uncles, aunts, cousins, food and music. With their passing, uncle Willie, uncle Leo and aunt Aggie stepped in. Then cousin Bob, in an extraordinary way!
I am sure when Master Chief pasted, and in the tradition of the Navy, Saint Peter pipped him aboard!
Thank you cousin for keeping the family tradition going for so long and for your extraordinary efforts with the Heritage Site.

lynda perna

February 22, 2021

I knew Bob growing up in Aurora, Ohio. He was always one of the good guys and funny as heck. It appears he never changed. I followed him on Facebook and I know the only thing that surpassed his love of Country was his love for his family. May God Bless you and hold you close at this difficult time.

Shawn Barnes

February 21, 2021

I served with Master Chief at PSU 305. I learned allot from him and I am proud to still have the anchor he pinned on my collar. He truly meant allot to everyone who served with him and the world is a lesser place without him in it. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

Donna Algeri

February 21, 2021

Our sincerest condolences on the loss of Bob. He was one of a kind, definitely a man we younger cousins looked up to. Our prayers are with you all through this difficult time.

Toni Brion (Cerrito)

February 21, 2021

I grew up Bobby and Billy in Reminderville, Ohio...the best place ever to grow up in. Now back then, my sister and I were not allowed to play with boys...an Italian thing...but I remember sneaking and playing kick ball and tag and they were very nice and we had so much fun. I reached out to Bobby when I saw him on Facebook because people in Reminderville were ALL family. I remember all of them and we all are and always will be family. It breaks my heart that after finding Bobby after all these years, he’s passed away. From what I have learned of Bobby since befriending him...he was an amazing man. I’m so sorry for his wife and family. My heart goes out to you all. ❤️🙏

Susan MvcCord

February 20, 2021

I never knew him as Master Chief - only as my friend in high school. We lost touch over the years and reconnected through Facebook.
Always kind. Always sincere. Always had the best sense of humor. Always counseled me through all my problems. I will miss him tremendously.
Smooth sailing, Bob.

Fondly, Susan (Stief) McCord

Donald Perry

February 20, 2021

Master Chief Delgado was always a positive voice of confidence and reason many times over! Although I did not work with him closely, the interactions I did have with him were always pleasant and presented with a positive outcome no matter the topic or situation. He had a sense of humor and a can do attitude that I only wish that more people would have been able to experience interacting with him. During his lifetime he touched many people and was a part of many people’s lives. He will be surely missed. My prayers and condolences go out to his family as well as everyone who knew him and called him a friend. Thank you for sharing him with so many people during his time with us here on earth!

Marty Misjuns

February 20, 2021

Master Chief Delgado has left a tremendous impression on my life, and the lives of many others. He epitomized leadership in a time when a cultural vacuum for that virtue was growing, and he reliably filled that void. He also was one of the most compassionate people I’ve ever known. He helped me realize the importance of faith, family, freedom, patriotism and service more than most. My heart is heavy that he has left us here, but I know I will see him again one day. God bless your family, and thank you for sharing him with us during his time here. He made an impact on many in so many ways.

FROM THE FAMILY