Robert E. Soluri Sr., 86, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Robert E. Soluri Sr., 86, Watertown, passed away Nov. 5, 2018, at his home that he shared with his longtime companion Shirley Miller of 39 years following a brief illness.

Born Aug. 8, 1932, in Watertown, NY,  a son of Joseph C. Soluri and Violet (Gamble) Soluri, he bravely served in his country in combat until the end of the Korean War.

Upon leaving the military, Robert became a machinist at the New York Air Brake for 36 years along with opening Soluri’s Pizza in 1970, which he ran until 1979 when his son Robert took over upon his retirement.

Robert enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, his beloved dog Pugsley, listening to country music, attending bingo, and watching his favorite teams the New York Yankees, New York Giants and Syracuse Orange.

Mr. Soluri is survived by his sons, Robert E. Soluri Jr. and his companion, Andrea Bazinet, and Patrick Soluri; his daughters, Toni M. Soluri and companion, Michael R. Gillian, Tina S. Miller and husband, Ronald D. Miller, Tammy A. Soluri and her fiancé ,Patrick Tarver; three brothers, Joseph (Rose), Ralph (Joyce), Paul; and a sister, DeeDee (Kenny) Mallette.

Robert is also survived by his longtime companion Shirley Miller’s three children, Tina, Ronald, and Jack. Robert also had 18 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren that he loved dearly.

He  was predeceased by his mother and father, mother of his children, Mildred J. Surace, two sisters, Vivian Bidwell and Sally Countryman; a brother, Richard (Dick) Soluri; and his daughter-in-law, Anna Knapp Soluri.

Calling hours will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home with a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. A celebration of life will be held directly after funeral service.

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