Robert Paul DeZuba

September 28, 1942 - November 19, 2012
Robert Paul DeZuba

Robert P. “Bob” DeZuba

Robert Paul DeZuba, of Leland, North Carolina, died peacefully on Monday, November 19, 2012, surrounded by his family and friends.

Bob was born on September 28, 1942, in Troy, New York, the only child of the late George DeZuba and Anne Ackart DeZuba. He graduated from Catholic Central High School, Troy, in 1960, upon which he proudly served in the United States Navy for five years. He attended college in San Diego while he served as a dental assistant in the navy.
Bob’s career in the automobile industry spanned more than thirty years, holding such positions as General Manager of a Volvo dealership in Albany, New York and in Manchester, New Hampshire. Ultimately, he worked as a business systems training consultant for Reynolds and Reynolds, Inc., an IT Company contracted to Ford Motor Corporation, retiring in 2009.

Bob was an avid reader, enjoyed many sports, and had a passion for golf and the Buffalo Bills football team, holding season tickets for several years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Maureen Wiltse DeZuba, two step-children, Craig Wiltse and wife Suzanne, Kristen Wiltse Santoro and husband, Scott, and the light of his life, granddaughter, Shaelin Mary Santoro. Bob is also survived by his brother-in-law, David Murphy and wife, Barbara, sister-in-law, Linda Deguarde, several nieces and nephews, and enjoyed the camaraderie of many friends.

A special thank you to Dr. Douglas Lee, and nurse, Betsy, Dr. William McNulty and nurse, Faye, for their constant care and concern, as well as Hospice nurse, Jill Phair.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wilmington, at 1 pm Saturday, November 24, 2012 with Very Reverend Robert J. Kus, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bob’s name to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center; 1414 Physicians Drive; Wilmington, NC 28401 or St. Mary’s Catholic Church; 412 Ann Street; Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, Village Road Chapel, 525 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451, 910.383.3511


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  • November 20, 2012
    John Dapello says:
    My privilege to know Bob before and during my 10 years with half a car. I will remember Bob with that great smile and always positive attitude.

  • November 21, 2012
    Bill Egan says:
    Condolencies to all the family. Robert was a lovely guy.

  • November 19, 2012
    Trina Schiavitti says:
    Bob did nothing but make me laugh and make me feel like a dear friend. He was a wonderful person and I am so glad I had the chance to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. RIP Bob, you will be missed. Trina

  • November 20, 2012
    David Krier says:
    We will miss Bob. He was a great friend and mentor. David

  • November 20, 2012
    Ed Waggaman says:
    My sympathies and condolences to his family.