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Died: Wed., Jan. 11, 2012

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Robert A. Zuppardi, 58, of Guilford passed away January 11, 2012 in St. Raphael's Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Carol Montanaro Zuppardi. Mr. Zuppardi was born in New Haven Dec. 2, 1953, son of the late Anthony and Frances (Fernino) Zuppardi. He was predeceased by a brother Anthony Zuppardi. Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Anthony (Cori) Zuppardi of East Haven; two daughters, Melissa (Joseph) Zuppardi-Bozzi of New Haven and Francesca Mari Zuppardi of Guilford; one grandchild, Gabriella Zuppardi, a grandson on the way. He also leaves behind his cherished in-laws, Joseph and Joan Schaefer of West Haven; and two brothers in law, Michael Montanaro of North Haven and Matthew (Patrizia) Schaefer of Wallingford.

A baker by trade, he was a former sole owner and operator of Zuppardi's Apizza in West Haven. For several years Robert assisted his son Anthony Zuppardi (Tony) in running Tony Zuppardi's Apizza in Wilmington Vermont. Robert's infectious personality made him popular with his customers who he considered lifelong friends. He always made it his passion to make each and every customer feel like part of his family. Robert loved to engage his customers in conversation and friendly sports banter in addition to priding himself on remembering their favorite pizza. Most recently Robert teamed up with his best friend, protAC.gAC., and most importantly son Anthony Ralph Zuppardi III (Tony) and long time friend Paul Rivera to open Tony Z's Apizza in Northford. Robert alongside his family and close friends strived to carry on the family legacy his father left behind in creating a restaurant based on the principles of love, family, and friendship which he considered each and every one of his customers to be.

The passion he had about his work was only second to the passion he had about his family especially his youngest daughter Francesca who excelled in softball, school and music. Anyone who knew Robert knows how proud he was of watching her pitch softball and of the young woman she is becoming.  Robert adored his wife Carol and the many memories they shared while vacationing in Rhode Island, Vermont, Florida and their memorable trip to Alaska. Robert was forever grateful for Carol's unconditional love and support throughout all his times of need. Robert was also very proud of his daughter Melissa's academic accomplishments and was excited to become a grandfather for the second time.

Robert loved watching sports and was an avid Miami Dolphin and Los Angeles Dodgers fan. In younger years he enjoyed playing softball and basketball as well as fishing with his son. Robert will be missed most by his family and anyone who had the opportunity to know him.

Friends may call at The Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. (cor. Dwight) New Haven Sunday from 4 to 8 pm and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. George's Church, 33 Whitfield St. on the Green in Guilford Monday morning at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Cleveland Clinic, Cardiothoracic Center, P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193. To leave condolence messages, please visit www.celentanofuneralhome.com.

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joan &sal marino
   Posted Thu January 12, 2012
we are so sorry for your pain. we will keep your family in our prayers. if you ever feel like hiding no one will find you at our house, even if its just for an hour. call if you need any thing.

Roxanne Melillo
   Posted Thu January 12, 2012
Our love and prayers are going out to you Melissa & Gabby and your entire family! We have no words to ease the pain but know you are in our prayers and thoughts!!

Roxanne & Racquel

Maureen and Edward Perkins
   Posted Thu January 12, 2012
Our prayers are with you all .know you are in our hearts and mind he was a wonderful man and will be remmber by many we are here for you always Cori and Tony . sending lots of Blessings and love Nannie and Gramp

Caesar Rondina
   Posted Thu January 12, 2012
My prayers are with you all. May Bobby rest in peace.

Cheri Williams Sierras Grandmother
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
Carol and Ches

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to both of you.

Becca Jacobs
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
Tony, Cori, and family, My deepest sympathies to you all.. I will miss the Francesca pitching stories and the general conversation I would have with Robert, whether it was in Vt or North Branford, dining with your Dad around was always a treat. You are in my thoughts and prayers. He was a" good guy" I too will miss him... Again my thoughts andand sympathies.

Patti Monaco
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
We were deeply saddened to hear about your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

The Monaco Family

Maryann and Michael Lipsett
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
We are very sorry and saddened to hear about the lost of our friend Robert. The Cassella and Lipsett family send our deepest sympathy and will keep you in our prayers.

Raymond Morelli
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012

Jack Miller
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012

So sorry to hear about you Dad. My thoughts are with you.
Altho brief, I greatly enjoyed meeting him last summer in E.Hartford.

Coach Jack, Southern Ct. Softball Team

Dean Brunt Jr.
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
The Brunt family sends our deepest sympathies to your family. Rest in Peace Robert.

Peter Lucibelli
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
The Lucibelli family sends love and peace to your family. We are so very sorry and Robert was a very kind man.

Marianne Anastasio
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
To the members of the Zuppardi family,
I offer my deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, Robert. My mother, Camille Giordano Russo, was a niece of your grandmother, Angelina..My grandmother was Maria Zuppardi Giordano. I spent quite a bit of time at Zuppardi's.restaurant as a kid. I'm so very sorry to hear of Robert's passing. My prayers are with your family.
Marianne Russo Anastasio

The Casbarro Family
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
to tony , cori ,carol and francesca, Ghandi said "his life is his message" Robert worked hard , loved his children , never held a grudge and was the best friend to all who knew him. that was a wonderful message you left us rob.

The Doebrick Family
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Zuppardi family at this time. Our daughter Marisa worked with Robert over the last 7 months (seeing him everyday). She truly loved and respected him and he taught her so much in such a short time. He will be missed. Our prayers are with you at this time.

The Keirstead Family
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
We are deeply saddened by your loss and pray that your days are ever so brightened by Robert's memories!

Watching Chessi grow up has been an honor and we are sure to continue our love for her and anxiously await all the great things she and Liz will amount to!

Carol, You are a rose and you are loved! XOXOX

Tracey Brown
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss. Robert always had a kind word and a friendly greeting when we saw him. We will miss his smiling face when we come in to get our pizzas.

The Alfonso Family
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
Our deepest sympathies to the Zuppardi family. We were delighted to run into Robert on a visit to Wilmington two years ago and we enjoyed our conversation with him. I went to Zuppardi's all the time as a kid and went there whenever I came back to West Haven. He will be missed.

Rosemary O'Brien & Family

The Barrett Family
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
My deepest sympathy to Robert's wonderful family. He was very special to me as we have kept in touch over the years. He was a man of courage inspite of what others may think. I cherish our long talks, and was so looking forward to being together in the spring. I wanted him to meet my boys again, and the rest of my family. It was obvious how much his wife Carol, and his children meant to him. I wll truly miss my nephew, and he has left a void in the lives of many.

Lucille Zuppardi Barrett & Family

Norma Lee Chartoff
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. I went to high school with Bobby, but we also felt a further kinship since our dads were friends, and my dad was also the family stockbroker for Tony and Frances. "Light on the oil" Hal Chartoff and our entire family always felt like part of the Zuppardi family. We also shared almost the same phone number, and my Dad just gave up saying "wrong number" and would just take the order, tell the customer, "about twenty minutes", and then call Tony and Bobby to give them the order. Bobby was the sweetest guy in the world, and will always have a big place in my heart.

Robert Croft
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
My deepest sympathies to the Zuppardi family. I met Robert years ago when he had the restaurant in Vermont, but I had the pleasure of really getting to know him better when I gain him and Tony as customers last year. Robert you will be truly missed and I'm very happy that I had the opportunity, and honor, of meeting you.

Robert Croft

Jimmy ormrod
   Posted Fri January 13, 2012
Miss u so much so many memories I don't no where to start will forever be in my heart love you my brother will never forget you may you rest in peace when I stop crying I will understand what you meant to me love you forever and those who dont no how great you were may they forever be lost in life

C Julianelle Minichino
   Posted Sat January 14, 2012
If only such words existed, I would say the perfect thing to ease your pain.

Robert's spirit, and so the essence of who he was and what he meant to you, will continually surround you--just as it did when you were only a few miles apart.

Gagliardi & Savino Family
   Posted Sat January 14, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to the Zuppardi family. We are customers for many years and it was always a pleasure going in the Pizza Restaurant and seeing the whole family smiling and serving pizza. It was truly a family tradition and hope it will remain . May he rest in peace.

Rosemarie DeLucia
   Posted Sat January 14, 2012
To My Cousin Robert:
I am so broken and saddened on your passing. I hope that you are in a better place and are looking down upon us. Thank you for your love, kindness, support, and many conversations that we shared together. I will hold them in my heart forever. Till we meet again. Love you always- Rosemarie

Nancy Campaniolo
   Posted Sat January 14, 2012
Dear Family and Friends of Robert,
I will always remember Robert's kindness to me at the time I was Melissa's piano teacher at his West Haven home in the early 1990's.
Although I won't be able to share in your sorrow personally, Robert will be in my prayers especially as I am playing the organ at St.Agnes Church in Woodmont, Milford. Please accept my condolences and may Robert rest in peace.
Miss Nancy
Piano Teacher

susan piche
   Posted Sun January 15, 2012
Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Zuppardi family who we have known since are kids were small Robert was a terrific guy my kids loved him when they were small he took them with his kids to a lot of places that im sure my kids wont forget he was a great father always there when his kids needed him he will truely be missed by all that have known him through the years God Bless!! The Piche Family

Gina and Michael Keyes
   Posted Sun January 15, 2012
We are very sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Jill Latella
   Posted Sun January 15, 2012
God will truly know what a slice of heaven is now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this unimaginable difficult time. Take solace in knowing that he is above watching over and protecting you.

With greatest Sympathy
Joe, Carmel, Joey and Jill Latella

Chris Carboni
   Posted Sun January 15, 2012
To robert an extended family, Im still truthfully speechless upon this whole occurance, its a tragedy in my eyes that someone who was such a honorable, genuine, all around positive being in society had to leave us this early in his life, its absolutely heart breaking to know, that someone who had devoted so much of his time and pride into helping mold me into the ideal cook...will not be coming back!!!!!! but He will forever be remembered for the great man he was, My prayers an blessings stretch out to you alll, if theres absolutely anything i can do to help your family during this difficult time please let me know.....God bless the carboni's

   Posted Sun January 15, 2012
Tony...my deepest sympathies on the loss of your Dad, I truly enjoyed my dining and conversations with him in Vt and Ct. You are in my thoughts and prayers..

   Posted Sun January 15, 2012
Tony and Cori, I am in vt today and saw Cyndi and Butch and they asked me to extend their deepest condolesnces. I said I would pass them along and that I would see u soon in Northford... Again my sympathies and I am sorry I could not be here in Ct. to express my condolenses in person...

Patricia Grant
   Posted Sun January 15, 2012
tony and cori, my deepest sympathies to you and your entire family on the death of your dad. i will remember him from vt. with all of his stories and his friendliness. he was a kind man and will be missed. please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Alphonse Ruocco
   Posted Sun January 15, 2012
Our deepest condolences and God bless.

-Al and Mary Ruocco

Elaine, Seth, Casey, Eric Jackson
   Posted Sun January 15, 2012
Carol, Francesca, Tony and Melissa,
Thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this time. So sorry to hear about Robert. We will cherish the memory we have of him during softball and when we stopped in VT at Apizza three years ago. He was a good husband and father, cherish the great memories you have of him.
With Sincere Sympathy,
Elaine, Seth, Casey and Eric Jackson

John Taddei jr
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
Our deepest sorrows to the Zuppardi family.Robert was a good and thoughtful man that would help anyone.The Taddei family.

John Trasacco
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
My sincerest condolences...

Brian Sullivan
   Posted Fri January 20, 2012
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this fine man and most gracious host. The Zuppardi family created some fond memories for me and my children her in Vermont. The hospitality of the Zuppardis sets the standard which all others should strive to equal.
May Robert be at peace, and may his family also be at peace. My life is richer for the short time I was fortunate enough to know him.
Jacksonville, VT

alice troxel
   Posted Sat January 21, 2012
We lived in West Haven when my kids were small and Friday became pizza night, thanks to the Zuppardi family, and remains so 25 years and many miles away. I am sad for the loss of this fine man. Thank you to all the Zuppardi family and my condolences.

Rev. Sara Lamar-Sterling
   Posted Sun January 22, 2012
Our deepest condolences on your sad loss, from your friends at First & Summerfield United Methodist Church, where your dad, Joe, participates in the Monday Peace Vigils every week. May God comfort you in this sad time.
Pastor Sara

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