Robert “Bob” Lama
February 16, 1935 - July 4, 2023

Robert Joseph Lama, 88, born in Rhinebeck NY, passed away on July 4, 2023 in Dade City FL.  He was born on February 16, 1935. Robert, known as Bob to his loved ones, was a dedicated family man and a pillar of his community.

Bob is survived by his three daughters, Susan Scheff, Michele Keally (Kevin), and Gilda Reed (Ed), as well as, his cherished grandchildren, Ashlyn, Scott, Christa, Blake, Paige, Jennifer, Jaclyn, several Great Grandchildren, his Sister Donna Larson (Al), Tom Lama, Niece Desi Mahoney (John) and nephews & cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Guido Lama and Julia Guilfoil Lama, as well as his longtime partner, Mary Gesualdo.
Bob received his education at St. Mary’s Primary School, attended & graduated from Arlington High School in 1955. He furthered his education and graduated from Florida Southern in Lakeland, FL in 1959.
After college, Bob worked for GE and Washington Growers before going into business with two partners and started, Northeast Restaurant Supply, which he later sold. Bob then worked for Sexton & Emco. Once retiring from the corporate world, he began his new venture: The guy who sells everything.  You could find him at Flea markets, festivals, shopping parties and even selling out of the trunk of his car.  His mother fondly referred to him as the Yankee peddler.
He enjoyed traveling all over the world with his family, friends and his partner Mary. He was an avid sports fan, passionately following baseball, basketball, and football. He was a member of the Pleasant Valley Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and Rotary.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 2nd, between 11:30am and 3pm at Christos, located at 155 Wilbur Blvd. in Poughkeepsie, NY.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Lions Club in memory of Bob, PO Box 303 Pleasant Valley,NY 12569.

Bob will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His legacy of love, determination, and community involvement will continue to inspire those whose lives he touched.


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