Robert A. DiSibio Ed.D

October 28, 1943May 14, 2019

Dr. Robert Anthony DiSibio Sr, 75, died peacefully Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Wilmington Delaware surrounded by family following a three-year battle with cancer.

Bob leaves his beloved wife of 50 years, Marie (Thomas) DiSibio; his son, Robert DiSibio Jr (Nancy) and two granddaughters Katherine and Jane DiSibio all of Wilmington, Delaware. He also is survived by his sister Carol DiSibio Terry (Dennis) and brother Russell DiSibio (Julie); and brothers-in-law Michael Thomas (Sue, deceased) and Joseph Thomas (Deborah). “Uncle B” was beloved by his many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Born and raised in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Bob attended the California University of Pennsylvania and obtained his bachelor’s degree in elementary education. It was there that he met his wife, Marie Thomas, in math class. Bob went on to obtain his master’s degree there; and then his Doctorate of Education at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1973.

Bob had a rich academic career serving in various professorial roles at Wilkes University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, King College, Saint Joseph’s University and D’Youville College which brought Bob and Marie to Buffalo, NY, where they lived for 33 years. Bob finished his career at the Department of Education at Medaille College in Buffalo, retiring in 2012.

Bob was very committed to his faith and was an active member of St. John Maron Church in Williamsville, NY. He was the President of the Holy Name Society men’s group for five years; co-creator of the St. John Maron Scholarship for rising college students; led the development of the annual summer fund-raising festival; and was a frequent lector. In 2018, Bob was inducted into the Pontifical Order of Saint Gregory the Great, one of the five pontifical orders of knighthood in the Catholic Church. In addition to his church activities, Bob was an avid card player, movie watcher and Buffalo and Pittsburgh sports fan. Bob especially loved travelling with Marie, whether it was taking the convertible for a local spin or flying to warmer weather, Bob loved to be on the go.

He adored and doted on his two granddaughters, who equally adored their Tatone. His adoration could not overcome the miles, so Bob and Marie moved from Buffalo to Wilmington, Delaware in 2016 to be closer to Rob, Nancy, Kate and Jane.

A viewing will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, May 19th at Perna, Dengler, Roberts Funeral Home, 1671 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00am on Monday, May 20th at St. John Maron Church, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. John Maron Scholarship Fund, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221.


19 May


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Perna, Dengler, Roberts Funeral Home

1671 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY 14221

20 May

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am

St. John Maron Church

2040 Wehrle Drive
Williamsville, NY 14221


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Mike Karam

May 18, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Marie and family.I knew Bob from St.John Maron Church and always enjoyed his humor.He was in charge of the Lebanese festival and I really enjoyed helping out the festival under Bobs' guidance while Bob cracking some good jokes!May your soul rest in peace Bob.You will be missed and may God grant Marie and family the strength to carry on.

Cindy ChildsTaylor

May 16, 2019

I knew Dr. Disibio when I was a student in the education department at D'Youville College. He had a great sense of humor and was always smiling. Such a wonderful man! RIP my friend.

Kathleen Reed

May 16, 2019

Dr. DiSibio was my instructor and advisor when I was a single mother in the Special Education program at D'Youville College in 1993/1994. There were many times I had to bring my 2 year old son Patrick to class with me or to an advisement meeting and Dr. D took an immediate liking to my son always giving him something to color with and acknowledging him.
One day during an education class, my son decided it was time to leave, and took his coat off the back of the chair and proceeded to start putting it on. I was mortified! Dr. DiSibio looked at my son and said " I guess class is over " and everyone starting laughing. Today my son is 27 years old and I still remember that day like was yesterday! Dr. DiSibio was one of the kindest smartest most wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and I'm forever grateful for the impact he had on my life .
May God forever be with his family as he is now another angel in Heaven watching down on all of you!!!!!

Michele Karnes

May 16, 2019

Our heartfelt condolences, Bob and Marie were great neighbors in Williamsville and Bob was a wonderful co-worker. Had he not advised
me regarding my masters degree, I may have not pursued furthering my education. Keep the wonderful memories close💜

Lynna Villella-Blessing

May 16, 2019

To the family of Dr. DiSibio,
My heartfelt condolences are with all of you. What a wonderful human being he was. He was always willing to help students and without his leadership, I wouldn’t be half the person I am today. I always think of him and have always strived to be the type of person he knew I could be.
Rest in paradise Dr. D.

Mary Pfeiffer

May 16, 2019

I had the privilage of having Dr. DiSibio as an instructor and advisor during my time as a student at D'Youville College. The best advice he ever gave me was "Strive to be the teacher who pushes their students to be the best that they are capable of being." He certainly lived that advice as an educator! My thoughts and prayers are with all who mourn his passing may your memories sustain you all until you meet again. Rest in peace "Dr. D".