Mass of Christian Burial for Robert J. DeFazio, 65, of Canton will be held on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the St. Marys Church, Canton with Rev. Douglas Lucia, celebrating. Burial in St. Marys Cemetery, Waddington will be in the spring. Robert died on Tuesday, February 05, 2013 while at home under the care of family and St. Lawrence Valley Hospice.
Friends may call at the OLeary Funeral Home, 5821 US Hwy 11; on Thursday, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley; 6805 US Hwy 11; Potsdam, NY 13676.
Surviving Robert are his wife Fran of Canton; two daughters, Jennifer Bloom Huther and Melanie Bloom Gee; seven loving grandchildren and a brother Joe DeFazio.
He is predeceased by two sisters, Linda Erwin and Rosanna Barbara.
Robert was born, June 5, 1947 in the Herkimer/Utica, New York, the son of Angelo Slim and Louise Mitzi (Scalise) DeFazio. In 1954, the family moved to Carthage to manage the Lewis Hotel. In 1957 they moved to Waddington and opened the Towne House Restaurant. Bob Graduated from Madrid-Waddington HS in 1965 and went to college at SUNY Plattsburgh. Bob served 2 years with the US ARMY with a tour in Korea.
Following his service, Bob worked as credit manager at the Syracuse federal Credit Union until he returned to manage the Towne House restaurant from 1972-1985. The next 20 years he worked in the restaurant/bar business at Cavellarios in Alex Bay, the Evergreens and the Best Western in Canton, the Gran-View in Ogdensburg and the Orchard restaurant in Massena. He also worked in Marcos Island, Florida at the Macro Lodge and OSheas. He married his wife Fran on May 31st, 1997 at St. Marys Church in Canton. From 1997 to present, Bob worked for Combined Life Insurance as an agent.
Bobs favorite pastime was golfing; he was a member of the Partridge Run Golf Club for many years, as well as a member of the Canton VFW post 1231.
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