From Linda Sanfilippo:

Dear Friends of Bob — It is with sadness that I let you all know that Bob has gone to walk with Jesus. He passed away this afternoon here at home in Idaho. It was the place that gave him peace and deep joy. Think of him today and smile for what he added to your life. God is good because he gave Bob to me for 35 beautiful years. Linda Sanfilippo

Just on May 12, classmate Jim Ranshaw wrote:

On our recent road trip, we had the pleasure of visiting my twin brother (from another mother). Notice the beautiful GTX behind us. It was a great time and he has a very nice house on the Spokane River with an awesome patio deck overlooking it.

Please share your remembrances of Bob in the comments section below.

Robert “Bob” Sanfilippo
SEPTEMBER 16, 1950 ~ JUNE 20, 2019 (AGE 68)

Robert “Bob” Sanfilippo, 68, of Jamestown, New York passed away at home on June 20, 2019 from complications of kidney failure. 

Born in Jamestown, New York, his parents Eva and Joseph Sanfilippo moved to Burbank California with their three sons when Bob was 1. Bob was the youngest of the three sons. Bob graduated from Burbank High School and the University of California Irvine. He opened and ran a tax and financial planning practice in Fountain Valley, California for 30 years. Following his official retirement, he and his wife followed his coworker and extended family to Post Falls, Idaho. 

He was amazed by the beauty of North Idaho and would sit for hours on his back deck and watch others enjoy the Spokane River as they floated by, or as they cast a line in the water. If you floated by, he was the one sitting on his “perch” waving as you passed. When asked by his Southern California friends, “Why Post Falls?” He would smile and tell them of his church home at St George Catholic Church, the friends he had from Knights of Columbus, the way an osprey hovers as it fishes, or the Idaho night sky which is filled with brilliant stars. “North Idaho is where God lives” he would say.   

Bob is best remembered for his strong work ethic, his dry humor, and his deep and quiet love for his family. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Linda and two sons; Brian, a certified substance abuse counselor living in Jefferson City, Missouri and Ian, a Firefighter-Paramedic living in McKinney, Texas. He was blessed to have a beautiful daughter in law, Alexandra, added to the family May of 2017. 

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at St George Catholic Church: 2010 N Lucas St, Post Falls, ID 83854. A reception and Celebration of “A life well-lived” will follow the mass at English Funeral Chapel, Post Falls.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Idaho Disaster Dogs or Guns and Hoses of North Texas will be gratefully appreciated.

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6 responses »

  1. Roy McGinnis says:

    Bob and I were best friends from 1st grade until he got sick in 9th grade. He was there when I met my first girlfriend at the Zodys. We spent time on long Sunday walks all around Burbank talking about our lives. His older brother took us the Olympic Auditorium to see Freddy Blase wrestle. His neighbor chased us for blocks after we stole his Christmas bulbs. Bob got caught, I didn’t. The neighbor smacked him around a bit, but we never told anyone. In high school, we went our separate ways. I spoke to him around 15 years ago and we promised we would get together, which we never did. Just within the last year he emailed me and ask for my telephone number so we could catch up. I got busy and never answered him. Shame on me. Rest in peace Bob. I am sory I never called.

  2. JIM RANSHAW says:

    I am so blessed to call Bob my best friend. I met him at George Washington in the 4th grade. We were best friends through high school and even at Valley College (better known to us as University of Van Nuys at Fulton). We were roommates for a while after college and I was his best man when he married Linda. Thanks Linda for loving and caring for my best friend. We will see him again when we too are called home to be with our Lord Jesus!

  3. Lee Stenson says:

    I am also lucky to have met bob in high school and we did have some great adventures. This is a sad day as again I should have made a larger attempt to keep in contact.
    Lee (Fred) Stenson

  4. Cecilia Olga Sheehan )Aguirre) says:

    My condolences to the friends and family of Bob. It’s very sad to lose another classmate.

  5. This is so sad to read; Bob was one of the nicest boys at BHS. I babysat his nephew the summer of ’67. Bob lived behind his brother and sister-in-law in a duplex, and he would tease me all the time, in his funny, adorable way. What a sad loss of a good, good man.

  6. Jack Dorrell says:

    My family moved into a duplex on Lamer Street when I was just 5 years old. Bobby was the first kid to greet me. He lived in the nest duplex. We did many kid things together over the years that we attended school at Washington elementary and John Muir Jr. High.
    I especially remember an evening walk to Curries Ice Cream to celebrate our “graduation” from 6th grade. RIP with the Lord Bobby.

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