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Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Homes

824 Scarsdale Ave, Scarsdale, NY

OBITUARY

Robert D'Agostino

June 20, 1934August 11, 2019
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Robert “Bob” D’Agostino, 85, of Tuckahoe, NY, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 at his home surrounded by his immediate family.

Bob was born June 20, 1934 in Bronxville, NY to John and Mary (née Benedetto) D’Agostino. He graduated from Eastchester High School in 1952; some of his fondest memories there were as a star athlete, playing football, baseball and basketball. He later attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, graduating with honors in 1956. Bob traveled the world as a merchant marine before marrying the former Trudy Ecks on Nov. 17, 1956. They were married for 52 years until her death in 2008.

Bob’s professional life was wide-ranging and varied while his family life remained a constant. He was employed as a mechanical engineer, originally at Sperry Gyroscope, working on systems that would later be used in the U.S. space program. Later in life he embarked on a successful real estate investment career with his wife. He was also well-known for writing a weekly column for the local newspaper, The Eastchester Record. Bob was elected Village Trustee in Tuckahoe in 1965 and served as Mayor from 1967 – 1975. He was also a classic car collector and was active with several local auto clubs. After retiring, Bob volunteered at S.C.O.R.E. in White Plains, a partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) where he enjoyed sharing his many years of business experience counseling entrepreneurs and mentoring aspiring business owners. Bob especially loved spending time with his family who still relied on him for his wisdom and advice in all matters great and small. He found special joy in cheering on his grandson on the football field of his old alma mater, Eastchester High School. Bob was lucky to find love and companionship later in life with his partner Mary Ann.

Services will be held at the Bennett Funeral Home at 824 Scarsdale Ave, Scarsdale NY on Thursday, August 15th from 4:00 – 8:00pm. A funeral service will follow on Friday, August 16th at 9:30am at Assumption Church, 100 Pleasant Ave, Tuckahoe NY. Bob is survived by his sisters (Rosemary Natarelli and Tina Droukas) children (Lynn, Susan, John and Robert) grandchildren (Darren, Robert, Sarah, Max, Julia and Christian), great-grandchildren (Devon and Sienna) and his many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues. Bob touched many lives, was greatly loved and will be sorely missed. Well Done Pop!

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Burial Friday, August 16, 2019

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Fred Mariani

August 17, 2019

Bob was a great guy and a true gentleman. As Mayor, he had a true concern and passion for the people of our village and performed his duties in a manner that improved quality of life. Bob will be truly missed.

Darren D'Agostino

August 15, 2019

I love you, Pop. You're the greatest man I've ever known.

Tom Celestino

August 13, 2019

Bob was one of the brilliant persons I met and worked with in the field of politics in the village of Tuckahoe.
His political savvy was truly outstanding particularly when he served on a Board of Trustees dominated by Democrats and being the sole Republican truly held his own as a minority member up against a Democrat machine.
Bob persevered and got elected Mayor judiciously serving the Village with integrity, dedication and honesty. Urban Renewal became a reality thanks to him-an issue that went back many years appointing personnel that got the job done.
His talent with words and ideas were indeed outstanding. How I remember well meeting in his home on Oakland Avenue with his wife Trudy discussing the future of Tuckahoe.
Bob, Rest In Peace-you will be missed.

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