Robert Lee Pacini Sr.
August 17, 1938 – June 27, 2019
Robert Lee Pacini, Sr. died on Wednesday, the 26th of June 2019 in Sumartin, Croatia. He was born on the 17th of August 1938, in Houston, Texas. He was 80 years of age.
Robert grew up primarily in Houston and graduated from Northside High School, formerly Jefferson Davis High School. He attended the University of Houston where he received a Bachelor of Science. He began his estate planning career in 1962, working with his late brother-in-law, Robert Raymond Ottis, Sr. of Houston. He was a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and active in his profession until his death, as well as consistently recognized for his achievements and contributions to the field, including Top of the Table, Million Dollar Round Table, and many others. Robert was also involved in commercial real estate and served as a Harris County Sheriff Reservist.
Very active in his Catholic faith, Robert was a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and a long-time member of Houston’s St. Anne’s Catholic Community. He served on the boards of the Holy Name Retreat Center and St John-Paul II Catholic School of Katy, Texas. Robert also served on the board of the Living Bank, and as president of the International Wine & Food Society, Houston Chapter, as well as leadership roles in many other organizations. He was also a member of Chaine des Rotisseurs.
He was a world traveler and especially loved having his family with him whenever possible. Robert was an avid wine collector and connoisseur.
Robert is preceded in death by his first wife, Carmelina Rose; and parents, Ann and Nathiel Pacini, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Olivia Ann Pacini; his children, Ann Marie Falloure and her husband, David, Robert Lee Pacini, Jr. and his wife, Cece, Tamara Bibb and her husband, Harrison; his three siblings, Natalie Sedita and her husband Joseph, Patricia Marleau and her husband, Larry, and Nathiel Pacini, Jr. and his wife, Kathleen; his eight grandchildren, David Andrew, William, and Richard Falloure, Maia and Christopher Pacini, Gavin Bibb, and Adrian and Giulia Pacini; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock in the afternoon until eight o’clock in the evening on Friday, the 19th of July, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where recitation of the Holy Rosary is to commence at half-past seven o’clock.
A Mass of Christian Burial is to be offered at one o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 20th of July, at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway in Houston.
The Rite of Committal will immediately follow, via an escorted cortège, at Glenwood cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in his name be directed to the Charity Guild of Catholic Women, 1203 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX, 77006; or to the Cardinal’s Circle, 1700 San Jacinto St., Houston, TX, 77002; or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6055 S Loop E, Houston, TX, 77087.
Visitation with the Family
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors
The Jasek Chapel
1010 Bering Drive
Mass of Christian Burial and Rite of Committal
Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
1111 St. Joseph Parkway
Robert Lee Pacini Sr.
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July 18, 2019
Mr. Pacini opened my eyes to a world I was unaware of at the time and fostered a love of wine in me for years to come. I can still remember him teaching us about the "legs" of a wine and the many chats we had at shared dinners. I enjoyed every moment spent with Tamara's daddy and will cherish them always. He was a great, knowledgeable and well-traveled man that this world will most definitely miss.
July 15, 2019
Robert was an outstanding gentleman and so full of life. I’m sure Heaven has welcomed him and already asked him to review their wine list. I will never forget him. My heart cries for Olivia and his family. My prayers are with you.
Rockford Yapp, III
July 14, 2019
Years ago, early early Sunday morning, Robert shared a great burgundy, 1966 Chambertian, Faiveley. Even today, all these years later, I can almost still taste that great wine. The conversation was about family, friends and a life well lived. It started me, along with my father, and, now, hundreds of friends, to value and share great moment of friendship and conversations that wine brings out for all.
Thank Robert, for opening the world of wine, to me. Great friendships and moments, that began many, many years ago, with a great glass of wine, and our conversation. I wish we had one more glass, one more conversation, and one more moment, to thank you, and let you know, you made a positive impact on many peoples lives. That night was the seed that blossomed into many great nights, many great friends, that I have shared with people and places , may have never known, if not for conversation, and that wonderful glass of 66 Burgundy.
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