Robert Barbella

Robert Barbella

December 3rd, 1935 June 2nd, 2020

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Obituary for Robert Barbella

Robert (Bob) Barbella, a beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend passed on the morning of June 2, 2020, at the age of 84. Robert was born on December 3, 1935 in The Bronx, New York to Dominic and Lena Barbella.

Robert was a talented drummer and veteran of the US Army as part of the First Army Band before going on the road as a musician. He later graduated from NYU’s School of Engineering. Robert worked for Northrop Grumman as a computer programmer during the 1960’s. One of his proudest accomplishments was working on the Apollo program which designed and built the Lunar Module, the vehicle that landed the first men on the moon. He then worked for Con Edison as a programmer analyst rising to the rank of Senior Systems Manager of Data Management Services and retired after 26 years. Robert spent many years running with the New York Road Runners Club and finished 6 marathons. He was also an avid tennis player. Bob was known for his easy-going personality, contagious sense of humor and generosity. He was devoted to his family and beloved by friends and coworkers.

Robert was predeceased by his brother Anthony. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, of 45 years. He also leaves behind 4 children, Peter (Cathy), Robert (Laura), and John Barbella; and Jennifer Vandeloo (Mark). He will be missed by his 8 grandchildren, Robert, Christina, Joseph, Timothy, and Juliann Barbella; Noah, Emma and Ashley Vandeloo. Bob also leaves behind 6 nieces and nephews, John, Larry, Lauren, Molly, Ethan, and Taylor.

A funeral mass will be held at a future date Private Interment Ferncliff Cemetery

Contributions in his memory may be made to Robert’s favorite charity, St. Jude’s Hospital ( or see link below

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    Ferncliff Cemetery
    280 Secor Road
    Hartsdale, New York
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Lauren Desota

Aunt Kathy and the entire Barbella family,
We are so heart broken over the news of Uncle Bob’s passing.
Robin, Cameron & I have such fond memories of visiting a few years ago and we often reminisce of how he “took us” virtually to visit his and my dad’s childhood home and where grandma lived.
He always had such an incredibly big and warm smile. When I talked to him I felt close to my father.
I will always treasure our last incredible phone call and miss his voice.
All our love to you all,
Lauren, Robin & Cameron
Comment | Posted at 12:42pm via Condolence

Dave Hermes

Peter - I'd like to send my most sincere condolences to you and all of your family. I'll be sure to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
-Dave Hermes-
Comment | Posted at 01:38pm via Condolence

Shanahan Family

On behalf of the entire Shanahan Family, we want to express our deepest and sincere condolences to the Barbella Family. Bob was a longtime colleague and true friend of my Dads (Bob Shanahan) throughout their careers at Con Edison. I fondly recollect when Bob and my Dad presented me with my first snare drum when I was 9 years old. As a fellow drummer, Bob took great interest in my drumming and gave me some valuable and lasting tips. May your family find comfort in the many memories you shared.

Sincerely – Dennis Shanahan
Comment | Posted at 12:13pm via Condolence

Donald Zanella, jr.

I would like to express our prayers and condolences on behalf of the entire Zanella family.🙏🏻
Comment | Posted at 06:45am via Condolence

Jeff Jimenez

Peter and family ... I wanted to express my most sincere condolences on the passing of your father. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult times


Jeff Jimenez
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