Robert DeBellis

Robert Lee DeBellis
(1947 - 2016)
Robert Lee DeBellis, of Pompano Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully during the morning of April 1, 2016 after an eight month battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. Bob was born on February 12, 1947 in Columbus, Ohio. He was the 2nd child of 4 to Joseph and Alma DeBellis of Italian decent. He was active in the military: US Marine Corp Reserve from 1966-1972. His Occupation was as an Electrical Supply Sales Representative. Robert was preceded in death by his mother Alma DeBellis. Robert is survived by his wife Marie; his daughter Amy, son Thomas; grandchildren Ava & Jude; father Joseph; brother Joseph; sister Carolyn; and brother Rick. Early on he showed a love for all sports, but especially Baseball. Much of his childhood was spent in Ohio, playing baseball in the alley with his siblings and neighborhood crew. They would all pack lunches and ride bikes exploring places they were not supposed to be. During the summer, Robert lived at the public pool, snacking on hot dogs and taffy. He and his siblings would travel to West Virginia to visit their great-grandmother; roaming the woods shooting bb guns and picking apples. During his adolescence, Robert enjoyed working at his father's gas station meeting all of the interesting characters who waltzed in on a Sunday afternoon. Fast cars and harmless pranks fueled his excitement. Although he attended college, Robert really learned the most from experience and listening to the stories of others. Robert was a collector of many things from coins to comics and baseball cards. He had a love of history and a knack for turning 'old junk' into useful working parts. He was most at peace near the water. Fishing was a life-long passion and although he frequently fished in tournaments he most enjoyed catching and cooking fish to share with his family and friends. To say Robert was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather is an understatement. He always made sure his family was safe and supported. His unique creativity resulted in some amazing science fair projects for his children and fun art for his grandchildren- from making trains out of boxes, to wonders out of wood. Robert would be the first to help out a stranger, friend, or neighbor and donated to organizations like Habitat for Humanity. Creating homes for less fortunate people was always a goal for him. Robert would always mention how he wished churches would allow the homeless people to sleep there at night. Robert was active in the 'Men's Club' at St. Coleman's Church. It was there that he met his dearest and lifelong friends. He made sure the Italian Festival didn't go up in smoke; always double checking the wiring. Practical jokes and nicknames were always on his agenda, and he always knew how to make people laugh. It is quite poetic that he left us on April Fool's Day. The Service for Robert DeBellis will be held on Friday, April 8th, 2016 from 4pm-7pm. Kraeer Funeral Home & Cremation Center: 200 North Federal Highway Pompano Beach, FL 33062 Phone: 954-941-4111. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations are sent to Habitat for Humanity.

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04/04/16 12:14 PM #4    

Thomas Hauck

 Bob was a good friend and also a good hunter. We hunted phesants together with Rob Galli. May Bob rest in peace and my prayers are with his family at this sorrowful time.

Tom Hauck 



04/06/16 01:56 AM #5    

Helen Sherry

Sending prayers to his family. So hard. 

04/06/16 11:33 AM #6    

Joe Vittorio

Bob was a good guy big heart great classmate many times he went off his path to include me with his St Chris carpool will keep him in my prayers­čÖĆ Murph you have my best

04/06/16 02:59 PM #7    

James Moses

Bobby Debellis was a very nice person.  I knew him from St. Christopher days and our time at Watterson.  He was always very affable and simply nice to be around.  He was a kind person.  He was an excellent athlete.  Had he been a bit taller, he would have totally excelled in high school sports, particularly basketball.  Probably unbeknownst to many, Bobby was responsible for the intermittent loud electrical sound that would at times interrupt Msg. Spires during an assembly.  Until being apprehended, it was interesting and enjoyable to see Bobby work by sticking his wet thumb in the timekeeper’s opening on the floor of the gym.  I think Bobby probably became familiar with Father Durbin after he was caught interrupting Msg. Spires. 

Bobby had a mischievous side.  I have very good memories about this person.

Jim Moses

04/06/16 06:59 PM #8    

Lea Marson (Smith)

Dan...I didn't really know Bob, but you have my deepest sympathy. Next to siblings, cousins are the best! Praying your family will find some comfort in remembering all the great memories of such a good man.

04/07/16 11:08 AM #9    

Michael Clouse

Rest in peace Bobby  

I didn't know him well but enjoyed his funny side. Condolences to all the family

04/08/16 01:45 PM #10    

Renate Mehler (Eramo)

Remembering Bob mostly from our days at St Christopher's.  My Deepest condolences to his family and friends.


04/09/16 10:48 AM #11    

Lucia Delewese (McQuaide)

Bob, rest in peace. Prayers for your family.

04/09/16 11:06 PM #12    

Guido Boggioni

I think in Bob case the poem that I wrote ( THE Fond Farewell ) says it all about Bob. He was a great friend and classmate to all of us. And always had a kind word to say when he talk to me and I will never forget that.


04/10/16 12:34 PM #13    

Linda Link (Smith)

May the Lord's comfort surround Bob's family till they meet again in heaven.

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