Robert A. Cerreta, a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, died on August 15,2018. He was 83.
Bob was born on February 24, 1935 in New Rochelle, to the late Anthony and Catherine (Hyland) Cerreta.
Bob worked for the New Rochelle Post Office for over 42 years. He was an owner of the Backyard Pub in New Rochelle for over 25 years and was an Army Veteran and the Chief Ranger for the Foresters Club, New Rochelle and Treasurer for the Postal Union.
He is survived by his wife the former Lucille Silo whom he married on September 10, 1961; his son Robert H. (Gail) Cerreta and his daughter Karen (Lee) Figueroa; his 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Bob attended Stepanic High School and Brockport State College in New York. He enjoyed boating and fishing and being on his own boat, the SiSU. In his early days, he pulled lobster traps as a hobby and side business. Bob initiated the New Rochelle Fishing Derby contest, held at Hudson Park, for more than 10 years, which encouraged children to “go fishing.” It was a huge success. Bob had a cultural side that included music as an interest and played the violin in high school for theater. In 1954 he played in the orchestra for a play written by the actor, Alan Alda, called Love’s the Ticket, who was a fellow Stepanic student. He spent time in the armed forces and traveled to Europe.
Bob was an avid collector of coins, stamps, and tavern memorabilia. He enjoyed good food and good wine, but he mostly enjoyed his time with his children and grandchildren in his life. He was a loving and beloved man and his life should be celebrated.
In lieu of flowers the family would greatly appreciate any contributions to the Melanoma Research Foundation, the Diabetes Association of America, and/or the American Cancer Society.
Visiting hours will be Saturday and Sunday 4-8pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc., 16 Shea Pl., New Rochelle. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Monday 9:30am Holy Family Church. Interment will follow at Beechwoods Cemetery.