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Yarington's/White Center Funeral Home

10708 16Th Ave Sw, Seattle, WA

OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" Bertucio Jr.

December 17, 1948September 18, 2019

Robert “Bob” Charles Bertucio of Normandy Park, Washington passed away on September 18th, 2019. He was born to Robert and Marilyn Bertucio (Matson) on December 17th, 1948 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

As a young man, Bob earned his pilot’s license and had many adventures flying a Cessna with his father. His love for aviation led him to pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering at Georgia Tech and finish his degree at Syracuse University. He went on to complete a Masters and was ABD (all but dissertation) in his PhD program in nuclear engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University. He then began his career as a nuclear utility risk-assessment engineer in Pittsburgh.

After vowing to leave Pittsburgh by his 30th birthday, Bob moved to Seattle at the age of 29 and 11 months. It proved to be a great decision, as he met his wife of 37 years, Barbara “Barb” Bertucio (Allegri) at the Washington Ski Touring Club. They married on June 19th, 1982 and welcomed son Brett in 1986 and daughter Anne in 1988.

Bob enjoyed a long career as a consultant in the nuclear utility industry. He loved spending time with his friends in the office and colleagues around the country. His work made him a frequent traveler (and thief of airline silverware), but he never failed to call Barb and his kids every night away. In retirement, Bob enjoyed his involvement with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and, ever the engineer, tinkering with bicycles for his family and neighbors (and sometimes repairing them).

A true character, Bob will be remembered for his sense of humor, his “calling-it-as-it-is” approach to life, and his quiet care for his community. Whether it was a witty remark, a Thanksgiving Turkey when in need, a sports coach, or math help, he left everyone he encountered with “a Bob story.”

Bob was only ever a phone call away for whatever was needed -- a midnight pick up from the airport, rescuing bike riders from a downpour, or delivering a forgotten lunch. His presence will be deeply missed.

Bob was preceded in death by his father Robert, his mother Marilyn, and his brothers Bradford and William. He is survived by his wife Barbara, children Brett and Anne, and sisters Beryl, Mary, and Barbara.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Steve Olson
  • Mike Dolan
  • Kevin Dolan
  • Erik Hollembeak
  • Chris Allegri
  • Brett Bertucio
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Vincent de Paul Society C/O St. Francis Church

Services

  • Rosary Service Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • Reception Thursday, September 26, 2019

Memories

Robert "Bob" Bertucio Jr.

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Marc Quilici

September 26, 2019

Dear Barb, Brett, and Annie,
We are so sorry for your loss, Bob was truly a unique individual in every way. It was a real pleasure (and education) to work alongside him for almost 40 years. I will always treasure the many dinners we shared while traveling all over the world. We wish we could be there during this difficult time but unfortunately we cannot be there in person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

Peace and Blessings,
Marc & Carol Quilici

Mike Martuscello

September 26, 2019

In 1977, Bob visited my sister Pat in Florida and enjoyed a little horseback ride. He helped us set up the pool table in the barn too. He knew how to do so many things at a young age. We have wonderful childhood memories of him, his laugh, his wit, his smile.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.
Love and peace,
Mike and Pat

Mike Martuscello

September 26, 2019

I remember when Cousin Bobby was only a teenager, he flew me in a small plane from Massachusetts to a small airport in Rhode Island for lunch.
He let me pilot the plane for a minute and I never forgot it. We always looked up to him. He was so smart and funny!

Jan Grobbelaar

September 25, 2019

Dear Barbara,

We are so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. Jan and Bob were colleagues for the best part of 17 years. He was a great person, and we will miss his dry sense of humor.

With kind regards.

Jan and Hannelie Grobbelaar

Melinda Jankord-Steedman

September 20, 2019

Dear Barb, Brett and Annie,
John and I are terribly sad to hear of Bob's death. We send our deepest sympathy and pray that you feel the warm embrace of God's care and love. We are out of town next weekend, but know that we will hold you all in our thoughts as you mourn this profound loss. With love,
Melinda Jankord-Steedman
John Steedman

Ted Allegri

September 20, 2019

Barb, Brett, and Anne,
Bob will be missed by all that had the good fortune to know him or meet him. His quick wit, quick laugh, his kind heart, were always a joy to be around. He was just really good energy!
Thinking of you all, Ted and Cherle

Francesco Pellizzari

September 20, 2019

I worked with Bob in the late 2000's on the Callaway Fire PRA. Bob was much fun to be around both professionally and personally, with a great (dry) sense of humor and with much knowledge and experience that he freely shared. He certainly had a unique charisma. He would always call it as he saw it. I will miss him. My condolences to the family.

Francesca Allegri

September 20, 2019

Barb, Brett, and Anne,
I will really miss "Bob Unfiltered" - he made me laugh so many times! His plane tracking, crossword puzzle sharing, sports commentaries, watching Canadian stand-up comedy (with commentary, of course) and his own laugh are just examples from our last visit at Christmas that I enjoyed so much. I am so glad he was part of our family. Love, Fran

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY