Robert Paoni

Robert John Paoni

1929 - 2020

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Robert John Paoni


Rochester - New Hartford - Robert (Bob) Paoni, 91 years young, of Rochester, NY, formerly of New Hartford, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 27, 2020, from COVID.


He was born in 1929 in Herkimer, a son of the late Nicola and Brigida Paoni. He graduated from Herkimer High School, class of 1947 and Clarkson University, BS Electrical Engineering class of 1958 (once an engineer, always an engineer). He married Mary Nanette Van Slyke in August 1956, with whom he raised six children, two cats, three miniature schnauzers and garden gnomes. He was a long-time member of St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford, NY.


He served in the US Army Signal Corps, 2 years active duty stateside during the Korean War. Bob's summer jobs saw him working on building the NYS Thruway and Eisenhower Lock, St. Lawrence Seaway. He retired in 1994, after working 36 years in Federal Civilian Service as a Supervisory Electronic Engineer at Griffiss AFB and McClellan AFB, supporting various military and government operations worldwide.


Bob moved to Rochester to be closer to family, although he continued to live independently. He maintained a jovial sense of humor and enjoyed growing tomatoes, bucket hats, polka music, and the NY Giants. He enjoyed several self-taught hobbies including drawing, playing the piano and the harmonica.


He is survived by his children, Debbie Baker and husband Gil, Donna Paoni, Diane Paoni, Lisa Paoni, Scott Paoni and wife, Jennifer, daughter in law, Susan Saffian; grandchildren, Joseph and fiancé Jen, David and wife Bernadette, Christina and husband Justin, Allison, Braeden and Caitlin; great-grandchildren, Johnny and Clare; family friends, Sherry and Jim Cook and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Nanette and his son Bob; one sister Virginia Bluett and brothers Augustino, Carl, Alfred and Edward.


The family wishes to thank the Medical Staff at Strong Memorial Hospital, Unit 614 and ICU, Unit 816 for the wonderful care and compassion given to Bob.


Due to COVID, services will be held in the spring. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home, Inc. Herkimer.


Contributions in Bob's name may be made to his favorite charity, Hospice & Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Rd. New Hartford, NY 13413.


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