Robert J. Netto, 64, formerly of Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Robert J. Netto, 64, passed away peacefully on Jan. 31, 2022, in Rome, NY, with family by his side.

Bob was born on Aug. 28, 1957, a son of John J. and Dorothy H. (Arquette) Netto. Bob’s grandparents Nicholas and Flora Netto moved to Watertown from Italy and built a home on outer Massey Street and they gave all of their nine children a piece of land, and all nine built a home there. Locally, the neighborhood was commonly known as “Netto-ville”. Bob had the pleasure of growing up with many of his first cousins and was very proud of his heritage.

He attended St Patrick’s School and Immaculate Heart Central. On June 5, 1976, he married the only true love of his life, Judy Scee, at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown.

Bob worked as a mechanic and gas station attendant at Chiumento’s Gas Station on Arsenal St.

Later, Bob and Judy moved to Chaumont and bought their first home there.

Bob found another love – working with his long- time friend Larry Comins at the Chaumont Bait Shop.  Bob enjoyed standing knee deep in fish that he and Larry hauled into the fishing boat in their commercial fishing nets. Their catch provided thousands of perch filet dinners at local restaurants.

They later sold their home in Chaumont and moved to Atlantic City, NJ, where Bob and Judy became black jack dealers at casinos along the boardwalk there. Their next move was to Oneida, NY, and they worked as black jack dealers at the Turning Stone Casino.

Surviving are a son, Robert J. Netto II, CT; a daughter, Nicki (Eli) Rivera, CT; two brothers, Ronald (Addie) Netto, Watertown, Tony (Denise) Netto, Watertown, a sister, Betsy Thompson, Watertown; four grandchildren, Isabela, Nicholas, Alexandro, Alexia; four great-grandchildren, Malaki, Marley, Miles, Madden; a brother-in- law Tom Cassidy; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by five siblings, Jack, Nick, Arlene, Jackie and Mickey, a brother-in-law, Gary Thompson.

Bobby (as we often called him) loved his entire family. His beautiful eyes and capturing smile will never be forgotten by those who knew him. He didn’t have a long resume’ but that didn’t matter, time with family and friends was much more important to him than any material things life could offer.

Per Bob’s request, there will be no public calling hours or funeral service. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc.

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Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice or to the Jefferson County SPCA, 25056 Water Street, Watertown, NY 13601.