Robert Salvatore SOLA
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Robert Salvatore SOLA
  • March 16, 1936 - January 25, 2018
  • Arizona

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Robert Salvatore Sola

March 16, 1936 - January 25, 2018

Ordained August, 1981: Ordination name Anthony

He was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Westinghouse High School and graduated in Drama from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA

To the amusement of some and the confusion of others, Bob lived with many names. He answered to Bobby, Bob, Robert, Sal Roberts from his radio days, Father Anthony as a priest, Anthony, and Tony; and of every stage and screen part he ever played.

Bob was drafted into the Army in 1959 and the Military Police, he was stationed at the National War College in Washington DC.

He married MaryAnn Kreta in 1961, moved to Scottsdale, AZ and began teaching for the next 19 years at McClintock High School in Tempe, AZ. They had four children.

Bob was ordained into the priesthood of the Antiochian Eastern Orthodox Church. He served fifteen years at St. George Church in Phoenix, followed by nine years with Trinity Children and Family Services.

Bob loved stage and film acting, directing, and radio work. In addition to teaching his craft at McClintock High School, he was a Screen Actors Guild member, Actors Equity, and AFTRA member. He made many industrial films and a few Hollywood films and numerous commercials. He directed high school plays and acted at the White Barn in Irwin, PA, the Windmill Theatre in Scottsdale, Southwest Ensemble Theatre, and Quick Silver Productions.

His drama background was especially evident when he prepared and delivered eloquent sermons, bible study lessons and eulogies. He was a frequent guest speaker.

In 2004 he retired and married Cecily Lansford.

Bob had Parkinson's disease, and suffered two strokes. The loss of his memory and his distinctive "golden voice" was especially difficult for him, but even in his infirmity he was a kind and gentle man. Bob is preceded in death by his father Antonio Sola, mother Clara, and his brothers Anthony Jr., and James. He is survived by his wife Cecily; his children Tony Sola, David (Susana) Sola, Ann (Scott) Derrickson, and Michael Sola; six grandchildren, and two step-daughters Christine Lansford (Paul Lamprill) and Suzanne Lansford.