WATERVLIET------Robert A. DelSignore, 82, passed away on September 10th at his home in Watervliet.
Bob was born in Troy, NY and is the son of the late Irene and Anthony DelSignore. He is predeceased by his brother Anthony.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Kathy and his children Stephanie and Kimberly, his brother James (Pat), and his sisters Joanne and Marilyn, along with several nieces and nephews.
Bob graduated from Watervliet High School in 1952. He served 2 years in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany, as was singer Elvis Presley. Due to the Cuban Missile Crisis, he was recalled. He is proud to have served and he loved to tell stories about his experiences and travels during those years.
Bob, along with his wife Kathy, loved to travel. He enjoyed family vacations in Maine, Cape Cod or the Adirondacks. When he wasn’t in the water swimming with his daughters, he could be found with a fishing pole in hand or patiently scanning the beaches for the “record setting seashell.” After reading an Audubon Society book about wild ponies given to his children for Christmas one year, he and Kathy discovered the beautiful Chincoteague Island, Virginia. There they would spend many happy years enjoying their beach home and taking the 4X4 out along the National Seashore tirelessly searching for the perfect fishing spot. Winters were spent in Florida where he spent hours collecting shark’s teeth and seashells. On occasion, his beloved cat Darchi would join them meowing songs to “entertain” them during the long drives. Two of his most memorable vacations were of Italy and Hawaii. He often told stories of the humpback whales and the beautiful Road to Hana in Maui or the gondola ride in Venice.
Bob was an avid fisherman and he looked forward to annual fishing trips to Vermont with his close friends and father-in-law. He had a deep respect for wildlife and nature and he never missed an opportunity to explore the beauty of the Green Mountains.
He was a die-hard NY Yankees, Rangers, Giants fan and he loved Notre Dame football. He could often be heard practicing as a sports commentator and he had quite a unique style.
Bob was a collector and he loved to scour antique shops, flea markets and even E-Bay for inkwells, poison bottles (which he later passed on to his daughter Stephanie who proudly serves as a trustee for the National Bottle Museum) and duck decoys. He also loved to spend hours at the casino and has had many a win.
The family would like to thank The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County for their kindness and support. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted by the Community Hospice Click Here To Donate To Hospice
or by The Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society. Click Here To Donate To Mohawk-Humane Society
Calling hours will be on Friday September 15, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the New Comer Funeral Home located at 181 Troy Schenectady Rd., Watervliet, NY 12189. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m.
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