Robert Avila

Robert Avila

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

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Obituary for Robert J. "Bob" Avila

Robert Joseph Avila, 87, of Warren, Rhode Island, and Sarasota, Florida, passed away peacefully at home in Warren on February 23, 2021.

He was born in Warren to the late Francisco and Pauline Avila on April 30, 1933.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Josephine (Catalano) Avila, and daughters Robin Remy, Leslie Dunn (Jamie), and Tracey Avila, who watched Jeopardy with him every night.

He is also survived by grandson Rob Remy and granddaughters Beth Marrier, Kate Marrier, and Alli Marrier Carey (Ian, Carys, and Cameryn).

Bob graduated from the University of Rhode where he participated in the U.S. Army’s ROTC Program. He went on to serve many years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Bob founded Town & Country Transportation and Leasing Corporation, which grew into one of the largest privately-owned school bus contractors in the Northeast. He received national recognition for his work in transportation safety. He was responsible for establishing the East Bay Chamber of Commerce. He was a longstanding member of the Warren Rotary Club and past Club President. Bob spent 35 years managing the Food Service Operations for the Warren Quahog Festival, which became the main fundraising event for the Warren Rotary Club.

Bob was a faithful lifelong Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan and enjoyed watching their games alongside his loudly cheering wife, “JoAnn”. He lived a full life vacationing, cruising, and dining with his family and his large circle of friends. Bob and JoAnn spent their later years at their home in Sarasota and the Siesta Key Condo.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visiting hours on Sunday, February 28,2021, from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm at the SMITH FUNERAL and MEMORIAL SERVICES,8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, RI.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 1,2021, at 10:00 am at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 500 Metacom Avenue, Warren, RI. Burial will immediately follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol, RI.

COVID - 19 Rules will be applied. Everyone in attendance of the wake and church service MUST wear a mask and maintain social distancing rules.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Robert J. Avila Foundation, c/o Robin Remy, 21 Avenue A, Warren, RI 02885. The Robert J. Avila Foundation awards college scholarships to Warren students and makes significant contributions to the community.

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  • Visitation

    February 28, 2021 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Smith Funeral and Memorial Services
    8 Schoolhouse Road
    Warren, Rhode Island
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    February 28, 2021
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Service

    March 1, 2021 | 10:00am
    St Thomas the Apostle Church
    500 Metacom Ave
    Warren, RI
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    March 1, 2021
  • Interment

    March 1, 2021 | 11:30am
    St. Mary's Cemetery
    Chestnut Street
    Bristol, Rhode Island
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    March 1, 2021

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Love, Kathie and Harold Culhane sent flowers to the family of Robert J. "Bob" Avila.
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Love, Kathie and Harold Culhane sent flowers to the family of Robert J. "Bob" Avila.
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Roger Brown

So sorry to learn of Bob's passing. We spent many shared times at Rotary events. My condolences.
Roger Brown
Comment | Posted at 02:26pm via Condolence

Roger Brown l

So sorry to learn of Bob's death. I have many fond memories of him from our rotary days. My condolences.
Roger Brown.
Comment | Posted at 07:46pm via Condolence

Love, Kathie and Harold Culhane

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Judy Howell

Dear JoAnn,
I grew up knowing you when I lived with Tillie and my mother, Mary Abbruzzi Larsen, in Warren. You were a dear friend of my Aunt Margaret. I was very sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, Bob. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this moment.

Judy Howell
Comment | Posted at 05:18pm via Condolence

Joseph Giusto

Bob was always a sincere and courteous person.
My sincere condolences to the family.
Comment | Posted at 02:33pm via Condolence

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