Robert Cardarelli
Robert Cardarelli

Obituary of Robert L. Cardarelli

Robert L. “Bob” Cardarelli


Rochester - June 20, 2018, at age 84. Rob­ert is predeceased by his wife, Lie­selotte “Lilo” Cardarelli; son, Rick Card­arelli & brother, Richard A. Cardarelli. He is survived by his son, Roderick (Patrice) Cardarelli, daughter-in-law, Deb­bie (Hallman) Card­arelli; grandchildren, Ashley (Tony Donato) Cardarelli, Danon Cardarelli, Drianna Cardarelli, Richard Cardarelli II, Jacob Cardarelli & Robert Cardarelli. Bob was a US Navy veteran, co-founder of Cardwell Construction and a for­mer teacher.


Bob’s memorial mass will be celebrated 10AM on Saturday, July 21st at St. Marianne Cope at Good Shepherd Church, 3318 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY 14467. Donations may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Ar­lington, VA 22215 or American Cancer Soci­ety, 6725 Lyons St, East Syracuse, NY 13057 in Bob’s memory.


Bob was born to Angelo & Josephine Cardarelli on April 7, 1934. Robert grew up in Elmira, NY along with his brother, Richard. and graduated from Elmira Free Academy where he played high school football. He served 4 years in the U.S. Navy and attended Ithaca College where he majored in English and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching. Bob met his wife Lilo at a restaurant in Ithaca where she was working. They married on June 7th 1958 and went on to have two children, Rick and Rod. After Bob worked as a teacher for some time, he became the co-founder and co-owner of Cardwell Construction. Some of Bob’s favorite times in life were meeting his wife, raising his children and traveling to Italy, Germany and Hawaii. He really loved spending Christmas Eve at his cousin’s Ronnie’s home each year. Bob enjoyed many activities and hobbies. He bought a boat and spent weekends fishing with his family at Cape Vincent for many years. The house that he an Lilo built was referred to as "High Hopes", speaking to relaxing there in retirement. He also liked playing golf and writing. Bob had artistic talent as he wrote & published short storied and poems. His favorite music artist was Frank Sinatra and he loved listening to all of Sinatra’s songs. Bob did not take life for granted and never forgot what was truly important. His philosophy in life was, “Don’t waste time, live in the moment and spend your time with family.”  Bob will always be fondly remembered by his family and friends. He will be deeply missed, forever loved and his legacy will be greatly cherished.

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