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“We became friends with the Montanari family when we lived near them in the Twin Lakes neighborhood. Despite his struggles, Bob remained strong,...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Keith and Christine Greene - Kent, OH

“It was with great sadness that I learned of Bob's passing. I have wonderful memories of him from his days at the School of Architecture and Carter...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: William Ross - Stow, OH - Teacher

“Condolences to the family may the memories of Robert help you though this most difficult time. ”
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“Our sincere and deepest sympathy to Tracey and the whole family. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Badr and zeina Ghumrawi - Kent, OH

“Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Keep the good memories close to your...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Bill & Norma Chapin - Lancaster, NY

“We are so sorry for your loss. Bob will be missed. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Anita and Richard O'Toole - KENT, OH

“Thank you God that Bob lived. We are blessed that he was among us and blessed that he and Tracey created such wonderful children and blessed by his...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Herbert Slone - Kent, OH

“Offering our deepest sympathies during this time. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: The Staff of Bissler & Sons Funeral Home - OH

“Tracey and Rachel, Josh, & Nate. I can't tell you how sorry Mary and I are. We always considered Bob the "Father of the Year". Just a very decent...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Dennis Corso - Kent, OH

“Tracey, Rachael, Josh & Nate we both are grieving with you all. Bob was such a dear man. Cannot even imagine your heartbreak. We all knew he loved...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Frankie Tadsen - Kent, OH

“I have known the family for many years. I remember working the movies at Franklin. My deepest condolences for your loss. ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Paul Sellman - Kent, OH - Friend

“He was a great neighborhood Dad!! He will surely. E missed. My deepest sympathy to the family! ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Sara Stroh - Kent, OH

“Tracey, Rachael, Nathan & Josh. My heart aches when I think about your loss. I know family was very important to him and he was so proud to be a...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Donna Overholt - KENT, OH

“We will never forget you and the joy you brought to our whole family throughout the years. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Bruno and Pam Mandalari - Kent, OH

“Josh, Nate, Rach, and Tracey- I am so very sorry for the loss of Bob. He was such a courageous fighter! Hugs and prayers to you during this...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Carly Frey - Kent, OH - Teacher

“Sending our deepest sympathies to you all, from Florida. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Christy and Randy Horn - FL

“Tracy, my sympathy to you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Daniel Fumero - Wellington, FL

“My heart goes out to you. My prayers and condolences ❤ ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Christopher John - Media, PA


Robert A Montanari, 55, of Kent, OH, died Saturday, February 11, 2017, at David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland, OH.
He was born February 14, 1961 in Kenmore, NY to Arthur Albert and Yolanda Margarite (Tornesella) Montanari.
Bob was a devoted husband, father, brother, and friend. He was loved by all for his humor, strong work ethic and fierce determination. He designed his home to accommodate his love of entertaining and enjoyment of outdoor activities with his family and friends. He was known as the "Neighborhood Dad" as he loved to play sports with the kids and was considered a big kid himself! Bob was an avid sports fan and competitive player, excelling at soccer, tennis, and racquetball. He was very proud of his children and extremely involved in their lives; coaching their soccer teams, attending all of their sporting events and music concerts.
Bob was a graduate of Kent State, with a degree in Architecture. Bob and business partner Jim Haas were principals of Westwork Architectural Studio. Established in 1993, Westwork was a well respected firm that was featured in Builder Magazine. Bob bravely fought a long battle with cancer, never asking for help or sympathy. With his loving wife Tracey at his side, he lived a full life and provided well for his family. Nothing made him happier than being surrounded by his family and friends. All who knew him will forever carry a piece of him in their hearts. He will be greatly missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Tracey (Wax) Montanari, sons: Nathan Montanari of Kent, Joshua Montanari of Kent; daughters, Rachael Montanari of Kent; nephews and nieces, Mike (Kim) Montanari, Lauren (Ron) Webber, Collin Mackett, Kendra (Pierre) Cagniart, Ian Mackett, Drew Montanari, Claire Montanari; great nieces and nephews; Lennox, Brandon, Briana, Paul, and Christophe; brothers: Mark (Kathy) Montanari of Boulder, CO, John (Carol) Montanari of Buffalo, NY, James (Sheryl) Montanari of Amherst, NY; sisters: Michele (Charles) Mackett of Vero Beach, FL. He was preceded in death by his nephews, Kyle Mackett, Thomas Cagniart.
Calling hours will be held 6-8 PM Thursday, February 16 at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Friday, February 17 at St. Patrick Church with Father Richard Pentello officiating. Private Burial will be held at Standing Rock Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Western Reserve Hospice 17876 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland OH 44110.