Robert John Bazata
Robert John Bazata
  • February 2, 1948 - April 28, 2017
  • New Port Richey, Florida

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BAZATA—Robert J., 69, of New Port Richey, FL, passed April 28, 2017. Cherished brother of Judy and the late Ron. Adored dad of Jennifer, Angele and Lindsey, and proud granddad and uncle to many grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Devoted brother-in-law of Joanne (Ron). Treasured companion of Gloria and friend to her son Ian.

Born in Berwyn, Illinois, in 1948 to Otto and Evelyn Bazata, Bob began his life-long love of the Southwest coast of Florida when his family moved to Clearwater in 1960. He was a graduate of Dunedin High School, 1966, and University of South Florida, 1971. His fulfilling 30-plus-year career with Heublein Spirits took him to Houston, TX, for many years. Upon retirement, Bob returned to the hometown he always loved to be closer to his mother and sister, residing happily in a waterfront home in New Port Richey. As a third-generation partial owner of the Chicago-based Crawford Sausage Co., he continued to play an active role in the company for 37 years.

While Bob enjoyed golfing, fishing, boating, swimming and traveling, his non-profit endeavors brought him great joy as well. He was a stalwart contributor to the Suncoast Animal League; a supporter of a men’s homeless shelter and regular volunteer at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, both in New Port Richey; most recently, he had joined the hospital’s therapy-animal program, Project Pup, with Zoey, the dog he and Gloria adopted together. He never tired of watching the nightly sunsets from the gulf-front home he shared over the years with his furry best friends, rescue animals Joe, Sam, Chloe and Harry.

A charming, generous, open-minded soul with vibrant blue eyes and a mischievous, engaging smile, Bob was a true gentleman who will be missed. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 10, at 2 - 5 p.m. at Palm Pavilion, 10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach, FL, 727-446-2642.

For those who want to make a contribution in Bob’s memory, please consider giving to his favorite charity,