Robert Joseph Busa Sr. (Bob) of Meriden passed into new life to join Joan Papallo Busa, his wife of 57 years and love of his life for over 60 years, on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
Bob was born May 5, 1929, the son of Carmella Fontanella and Dante Busa from northern Italy. A lifelong resident of Meriden, Bob worked in retail management and thrived as a hard working first generation American. With the gift for mindfully living in the moment, Bob found contentment in the simplicity of everyday life. He used his artistic talent to take care of his longtime home on Gravel Street and later in his life painting pictures, ceramics, and birdhouses, many of which can be seen around town. His greatest happiness came when sitting around the table surrounded by the love of his family, eating good food and enjoying a nice glass of wine.
Left to grieve Bob’s passing are his children Jane Fitzgerald and her husband Mark of Harwinton, Robert Busa Jr. of Meriden, Mark Busa and his wife Mary Rose of Hebron, and Cynthia Burnep of Glastonbury; grandsons Gregory and Benjamin Burnep, John Fitzgerald, and Daniel, Adam, Peter and Paul Busa; siblings Dolores LaRiviere and husband Ron of Union, Maine and Richard Busa of Meriden: an aunt, Albina Masiero, and uncles Lawrence (Dolly) Busa and Uncle Richard Fontanella. He also leaves many special nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends. In addition to the love of his life Joan, Bob was predeceased by his brother Ronald Busa, who passed earlier this year.
Bob’s family extends their gratitude to the staff at Connecticut Baptist home for the excellent and loving care of Bob over the years and to Hartford Healthcare Hospice at MidState Medical Center for their compassion and kindness as the family navigated Bob’s final days by his side.
Bob’s memory will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26th, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 109 Goodwill Avenue, Meriden, CT. Friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden on Wednesday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. prior to Mass. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, 250 Gypsy Lane, Meriden, where Bob will be laid to rest beside Joan. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory can be made to Connecticut Baptist Home, 292 Thorpe Ave, Meriden, CT 06450.
To Mark and family,
We are very sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I have many fond and happy memories of spending time at your home with your dad and family. All the crazy golf outings, parties at your house and bocce competitions! He was a great guy and family man, may he rest in peace. God bless you all.
Larry & Diane Flanigan & Family
Larry Flanigan - Wednesday September 26, 2018 via Condolence Message
Dear Jane & Family,
Thinking of you as you go through this sad time in your lives. Your Dad sounds like he was a wonderful person who lived his life to the fullest. I only remember him a little from our teenage years. No matter the age though saying good bye to a loved one is always difficult. Wishing you all some peace and love during this time.
Diane Nalewajek Szymaszek and Chet Rynaski - Tuesday September 25, 2018 via Condolence Message
Dear Mark and Busa Family,
Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about your Dad’s passing. Please know that our hearts are filled with sadness but our memories are filled with smiles and laughter of the good times we shared over the years. I have many happy memories of spending time at each other’s homes when we were younger. We were very lucky. Your Dad was an extraordinary kind and wonderful man. We are here to support you any way you need. May God bless him and all of you at this time of sorrow and please accept our sincerest condolences on your loss.
Craig, Lisa and the Sattler Family
Craig Sattler - Tuesday September 25, 2018 via Condolence Message
My prayers and deepest sympathy go to my cousins Jane Mark Bob and Cindy and their families. Still in my ever childhood heart they are Janie Marky Bobby and Cindy along with the happy memories of Sundays and Christmas dinners at Noonie's with the homemade ravioli and Noonie's washing machine which doubled as a bar when we all got together. Only a Busa kid would remember that! I still have and will lovingly treasure the birdhouse collection that Uncle Bob made me and I collected over the years along with the little white and blue ceramic tree he made me for Christmas. I know Uncle Bob is sitting around Noonie and Grandpa Busa's table right now with Auntie Joan and my mom and dad enjoying some homemade ravioli and twirlies and cold oven cake and Grappa! One day we all will be sitting around the table together with our parents again. Until then God Bless You Uncle Bob. Thank you for the happy memories. I love you, Rhonda.
Rhonda Busa - Sunday September 23, 2018 via Condolence Message