Robert A. Tarallo
April 17, 1944 - January 25, 2021
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Robert A. Tarallo (“Bob”), 76, of Staten Island, NY, died on Monday January 25th at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, New Jersey. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, graduating from Brooklyn Tech High School. Bob received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and earned master’s degrees in music and higher education …
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Rosemarie DiRusso & Wes Tammaro left a message on May 21, 2021:
Bob was a wonderful man, teacher and friend. He stared teaching Wes guitar years ago, and we always looked forward to his coming. Even my cats enjoyed seeing Bob, always playing and pulling guitar strap as he played. Anyone who had the opportunity to meet him immediately loved him, a warm friendly person who always took the time to listen. He loved talking about his family, very proud of every one of them. They were his pride and joy. And the best part is he treated his students the same way. Guitar lessons, just talking, eating lunch -- a dear friend, one of kind. They don't make teachers like Bob. May he Rest in Peace and live forever in your hearts.
Wes Tammaro left a message on May 20, 2021:
A wonderful man and teacher who will be missed. May he rest in peace.
carol kasparian left a message on March 17, 2021:
I am so lucky to have had Bob as a guitar teacher, friend and singing partner. We performed and laughed. I tried to organize his music each week before class started but nothing helped. He was a teddy bear of a man and was loved by all of his senior students, especially me.
Kathy Randazzo left a message on February 1, 2021:
Bob was a dear friend during my early years. He was a delight... always enjoyed being in his company. In addition he taught my brother how to play the guitar. ( at 70 he still plays). May he RIP on the wings of the angels. My deepest condolences to Nicole and Robert and the entire family. 🙏🙏
Kathy Randazzo left a message on February 1, 2021:
Bob was a dear friend during my early years. He was a delight... always enjoyed being in his company. In addition he taught my brother how to play the guitar. ( at 70 he still plays). May he RIP on the wings of the angels. My deepest condolences to Nicole and Robert and the entire family. 🙏🙏
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Ralph Sorrentino left a message on January 31, 2021:
years ago when I lived in Brooklyn New York, before moving to Florida I was taking guitar lessons. Not satisfied with the teacher I had, though he was a terrific player, I felt I wasn't getting to where I wanted to be. I called the music store on Bath Ave and they recommended a teacher, his name Bob Tarallo. I called his number, heard his voicemail, the little jingle he sang and said, " Okay, let me leave a message, sounds like a happy guy." Not long after that he comes over my house, we met and instantly I knew I found my teacher. He was warm and encouraging. instantly we became friends. He was soft spoken and a man with patience. while I was in Florida I'm pretty sure we spoke but as the years rolled by I tried his number again and couldn't get through. Don't know if he had changed it or whatever. Anyway I moved back to New York a few months ago, only this time Upstate in Kingston. On January 31st 2021 in the evening I was thinking about Bob. I wondering whether he was alright, safe etc. but so many people passed on that I knew, that I started getting a bad feeling. I go on my computer and typed in music teacher, bob Tarallo from Staten Island, and to my sadness, realized he passed on. Then I watched the Eulogy. Let me say this, " Bob you will be missed dear friend. I admired you, your talent, brains, kindness, and understanding. you were the perfect teacher to me. I remember once we spoke about the Lord and knew you were a believer in God. I'm sure you made peace with him and sorry we can't reconnect on this earth anymore, but with my prayer I surely hope you hear my message. God Bless your soul, brother. I miss you already. you had an impact on my life, and more than your skills as a musician, it was your kindness, my mom like you as well. God bless. ( Ralph Sorrentino )
Joel Brooks left a message on January 30, 2021:
Bob was my friend and guitar teacher for the last five years or so. I met him through the Music Institute of the JCC; he had replaced my previous guitar teacher, Jimmy, who had moved to Delaware, of all places. Bob and I had some common roots as we had both taught in District 15 in Brooklyn. Also, we were only three days apart in birthdates, I being the senior and wiser, which I would often remind him of when we required some way of settling music disputes (I had taught music for a large part of my career). I was well aware of his tennis prowess as I knew several of the players he played with and against. More importantly, we really developed a great relationship. I paid for a half hour of instruction which typically turned into an hour, hour and a half, much of which was spent exchanging stories (sorry, really can’t mention them) and just talking and joking around. The session would usually begin with us meeting for breakfast down in the café and him going on about the stock market. We had a lot of laughs. By the way, he was also an outstanding teacher! There is a small, plaster-of-paris bust of Beethoven on one of the upright pianos in a practice room at the JCC. I had even suggested to Bob that we get busts made of ourselves, before we die and place them next to Beethoven…Beethoven, Tarallo, and Brooks. It sounded good to us! I went so far as to even ask I guy I knew if he though it could be done. Anyway…it never came to fruition. We had a lot of good times together and I will sorely miss him. I know, for the all too brief time I knew him, he enhanced my quality of life and I can only hope I did the same for him. I just know when I see that bust of Beethoven again, I’ll be smiling and also shedding a few tears. My condolences to the entire family and all those who were lucky enough to know him. Sincerely, Joel Brooks
Proscia Family left a message on January 29, 2021:
Bob became a fixture in a home every Saturday morning teaching my son Francesco piano and then started to teach my daughter Alessandra piano unfortunately it didn’t last long my son wanted to be a guitarist and then started the guitar lessons my son will always be Grateful to Bob for his teachings and I know Francesco and Bob share a special bond when it came to the guitars he will be missed by my family he was a very sweet man my condolences to his family and his students
Proscia Family left a message on January 29, 2021:
Bob became a fixture in a home every Saturday morning teaching my son Francesco piano and then started to teach my daughter Alessandra piano unfortunately it didn’t last long my son wanted to be a guitarist and then started the guitar lessons my son will always be Grateful to Bob for his teachings and I know Francesco and Bob share a special bond when it came to the guitars he will be missed by my family he was a very sweet man my condolences to his family and his students
Garry Gangi left a message on January 29, 2021:
Bobby was perhaps the kindest, most honest and gentlest soul I ever knew.
Pat Marano left a message on January 29, 2021:
My deepest condition to Nicole and Robert. Your Dad was a real unsung hero. I know his later years were not the healthiest but he never stopped doing the things he loved. Everyone at KCC is deeply saddened and I have lost an irreplaceable friend and colleague. With sympathy, Pat and Elise
Beth Tarallo & Meddie Perry left a message on January 29, 2021:
We have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Bob. I always looked forward to the holidays and listening to him play and sing. I loved chatting with him about the NYC marathon and hearing his stories. He always welcomed us with a warm smile and laugh and was such a comfort and joy to be around. We will miss you, Uncle Bob! Nicole, Stephen, Bobby & Yolanda, we are thinking about you and sending our love. Love to his sisters and our Aunts, we are sending love and hugs. xoxo Beth and Meddie
John Aaron left a message on January 29, 2021:
PHOTO: Bob Tarallo and his guitar at Kingsborough Community College's Office of Continuing Education Holiday Party 2016
John Aaron left a message on January 29, 2021:
PHOTO: Bob and his guitar at the 2016 KCC Continuing Education Holiday Party. My sincere condolences to the extended Bob Tarallo family, on Bob's passing. He was lots of fun to work alongside and a very dependable part of the Office of Continuing Education at Kingsborough Community College. He always went beyond what was required of him to help students, especially those in the GED program. His was a big and generous heart. Rest In Peace, Bob. Sincerely, John A.
John Vincent Scalia left a message on January 28, 2021:
Bob was a real gentleman he was a member of the westerliegh tennis Club he contributed at our picnics With his good friend Jim Panos entertaining the members I spent many summer morning playing With him he was a good player he was well like by all for his gentle nature We miss him and now will miss him more
John Vincent Scalia left a message on January 28, 2021:
Bob was a real gentleman he was a member of the westerliegh tennis Club he contributed at our picnics With his good friend Jim Panos entertaining the members I spent many summer morning playing With him he was a good player he was well like by all for his gentle nature We miss him and now will miss him more
Cindy Grimes left a message on January 28, 2021:
I met Bob when I was 14yrs. Old. He was tutoring me and from that day on, 38 yrs later he continued to be a member of our family.. My Mom Judy, sister Susan and entire family are going to miss Bob terribly. He was an amazing soul. Bob, you will be terribly missed. I will cherish all the wonderful memories in my heart. God Bless your family.
Cindy Grimes left a message on January 28, 2021:
I met Bob when I was 14yrs. Old. He was tutoring me and from that day on, 38 yrs later he continued to be a member of our family.. My Mom Judy, sister Susan and entire family are going to miss Bob terribly. He was an amazing soul. Bob, you will be terribly missed. I will cherish all the wonderful memories in my heart. God Bless your family.
Bonnie Greenwood left a message on January 28, 2021:
I've always said, and will always say, my job at KCC was my favorite. This is 100% because of people like Bob Tarallo. He was one of the first people I worked with and from day one, all I could do was love him. There are very few people in life who are always happy, are more generous than ever needs to be, will give the shirt off their back, work hours before and after their shift because they want and feel they need to. If I thought back to 1999 when I first met Mr. T, all I can do is smile knowing he is the one man who fits that whole description. Stubborn as a mule sometimes, but always for the right reasons - (By making you call students from 8 years before to see if they got their GED yet, *if you know, you know*). We'd always laugh about it though. He was around when I had my son and was so excited for me, then encouraged me to follow my dreams and become an RN when the time was right. We traded stories about playing the piano because I played when I was a kid, and of course his guitar playing at our T4 Holiday Parties was always a treat. Treating us to pizza was always so sweet of him, he'd say, "What do I care? Who wants pizza? Call the corner place!" Bob would work so hard with those GED kids, they'd come in and say, "Where's the guy with the white hair? I need to see him." He made a huge impact on so many students. I watched miracles for years. God must have really, really needed a guitar playing, GED teaching, sweet shuffling angel, because he got a good one. Rest in Peace Mr. Tarallo, you did good. <3
Tiffany Harding left a message on January 28, 2021:
I knew Bob for 14 years while working at Kingsborough. I have a couple memories from working in his office for a few years, to being one of Bob's Bobette's (singing at the office holiday party while he played his guitar), to him helping students that didn't have the funds to register for classes, to him always asking for his reports so he can call students to ask them to register for the GED program, to him asking me how his numbers were doing everyday. One thing about Bob is we all knew how hard he worked to get students to register for his program. Every time he saw me he would say "Tiffany, (insert stock name) is doing well. Look into that." He was so kind. I never really seen him upset. He found joy in helping others. May his soul rest in peace.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Linda Gaffan left a message on January 28, 2021:
My Dearest Friend, my best friend I knew Bob for 35 years from public school 15 when I first got hired He was my mentor, and like a family to me and my family. Bob was so loved by everybody. He was always generous, kind, funny, energetic and so much more that made a friendship a real special friendship. May Holy Father Jesus Christ Received Bob in His Open Arms. Bob I have you in a special place in my heart forever. I will never never forget you and never forget our beautiful memories. I Love You with all my Heart, My Best Friend Rest In Heavenly Peace. yours, Linda
Toni Ann Carestia left a message on January 28, 2021:
Many fond memories of Bob growing up with Nicole and Bobby, rest in eternal peace. With Love, The Carestia Family
Antonietta and Joe Spitalieri left a message on January 28, 2021:
May your father rest in the sweetest peace🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️😢
The Todisco Family left a message on January 28, 2021:
A beautiful tribute to a wonderful man who was clearly loved, cherished, and committed to his family. Sending you all strength, love, and peace for your toughest days ahead.xoxo
The Amodio Family left a message on January 28, 2021:
Our deepest sympathies for all of you during this difficult time! We love you all! May he rest it peace.
Elba Cruz left a message on January 28, 2021:
Condolences to the family he was a gentle caring soul
Jerry Mulnick left a message on January 28, 2021:
Bob lived two doors down from me and was always a good, friendly neighbor. He once allowed me to store my frozen foods in his freezer while my wife and I were traveling abroad. He was a really nice, thoughtful guy. I'll miss him.
Pat Marano left a message on January 28, 2021:
I am so saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague of more than 35 years. Together we were a team that helped many adults in the GED Program at Kingsborough Community College. Often times a student did not have the money for the course. Bob would write one of his own checks and never asked to be repaid. And how he enjoyed teaching music to the kids!! He was respected and much loved by all. I’ll miss you . always. Your friend . Pat
Pat Marano left a message on January 28, 2021:
I am privileged to have worked with my friend of 35 years, Bob T. Together we were a team as we helped so many adults and children at Kingsborough Community College. Generous Bob would often write his own checks when a student didn’t have the funds. He never asked for it back. Highly respected and much loved by all. I’ll miss you. My condolences to everyone in his family.
Marian Dreyfuss left a message on January 28, 2021:
I worked with Bob for many years at PS 15. We quickly became the best of friends. He was one of the kindest, gentle and generous man I have ever known. He loved his family , friends and students very much. Bob was always willing to do anyone a favor, and had the energy level of a much younger person. He will be missed very much.
Mark & Debra Pinto left a message on January 28, 2021:
May your dad rest in Eternal Peace
patricia tarallo left a message on January 28, 2021:
I remember Bob's many kindnesses to me, especially on Christmas eve. Bob would generously crack my lobster claws, saving me from drowning in yummy but messy red gravy. Bless you Bob, for that and for the pleasure of your company. God bless you and hold you in the palm of his hand.
Dorothy Steier left a message on January 28, 2021:
I will always treasure only the fondest of memories and respect for one of the kindest, gentlest, most caring, dedicated, and generous of colleagues and class acts with whom I had the honor and privilege of working at Kingsborough College's Continuing Education Program. Rest peacefully, Bob. Respectfully, Dorothy Steier
John Cuccurullo left a message on January 28, 2021:
Bob was a great guy, he will be missed at Kingsborough . Rest In Peace
JoAnn Simonelli-Witt left a message on January 28, 2021:
I had the pleasure of working with "Bob" at Kingsborough Community College in the Continuing Education Department. We worked in the evening from 5pm till 10pm and also from 8am till 4pm on Saturdays. When Bob came into our office to pick up his sign in sheets there was much talk of the Stock Market, which stocks were doing well and which ones we should all buy. He had a presence, Bob was very much liked by everyone and he was generous to a fault. He was awesome with the College for Kids group on Saturday's as he would teach Guitar to the children. You are a special man Bob, you will be sorely missed. May you rest in Peace, Amen.
Dorothy Steier left a message on January 28, 2021:
In memory of Robert A. Tarallo, Dorothy Steier lit a candle
Jim Panos left a message on January 28, 2021:
Remembering my music partner .............thanks for the memories
Amy Tarallo left a message on January 28, 2021:
We have so many memories of our Uncle Bob, especially from many Christmas Eves in Brooklyn,, and then at the Trimarcos. Please know you are in our prayers and thoughts everyday, Nicole & Stephen, Bobby and Yolanda, and all of your amazing boys. Your Dad always made all of us smile - as an amazing Dad, Brother, Uncle, Grandpa - he was a sweetheart. Sending Cousin love to you and wishing we could be with you, Amy & Tim xoxo
Liz Parisi Durso left a message on January 28, 2021:
I’m so sorry to hear that Bob has passed away. He was a talented musician. I remember all the music gigs he and my father played together, and the fun family vacations. Sending love and support to his beautiful loving family. May Bob Rest in Eternal Peace.
dina and leonida guadagnoli left a message on January 28, 2021:
It was a painful news to learn of the passing away of Robert Tarallo. We remember Robert as a giant bear, full of love and compassion for everybody. He was especially proud of his children: Bod and Nicole. But his greatest love and affections was for his grandchildren: Nichola, Anthony, Michael, Alex, Christopher and Luca. May He rest in Peace and look up upon you all from Heaven.
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Lansing E. Chase left a message on January 28, 2021:
Rest In Peace My Friend
Julie Ann Fitzgerald left a message on January 28, 2021:
My deepest sympathy to Bob’s family. I am proud to count Bob as a friend and colleague. He was talented and fun loving and KIND! In January, 1996 I was weeks away from having my baby and NYC experienced one of its largest blizzards. School was closed for 2 days. Cars and streets were buried under almost 3 feet of snow. Bob made it his mission to get me to school and home again SAFELY, every day, until I delivered on February 7, 1996. Bob was a talented teacher and musician who collaborated with colleagues to bring performance art to our students. He will be so missed.
Safa Muhtaseb left a message on January 28, 2021:
Dear Nicole and family, Our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. May he rest in peace, and may god grant you patience. -Safa
Beth Bizzo left a message on January 28, 2021:
With Deepest Sympathy Nicole Steven and boys. May your father Rest In Peace🙏🏻
John left a message on January 28, 2021:
My name is John. I work at PS 15. Bob and I worked a long time together at the school. I did not live too far away from him on Staten Island. I am so sorry to hear of this news. I pray for God to have mercy and welcome him home to heaven. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Peace, John
Jay Cuna left a message on January 28, 2021:
In memory of Robert A. Tarallo, Jay Cuna lit a candle
Jay Cuna left a message on January 27, 2021:
Sending my prayers to the Tarallo family. My name is Jay and I use to work with Bob years ago. He was a hard working man. Just remembering all the times he stayed at work past his hours and coming in on his days off. He also had a kind heart and took care of his staff. Working with him was comfortable. I also remember assisting him teach children piano in a charter school at one point. He had great talent for music, specially with the guitar. Let's just say, if it was your birthday, you're getting a happy birthday from him and his guitar. Every Christmas party, Bob was our holiday cheer Live music. He was also big on his stocks. You would know when a stock is doing well by the Big smile and energy he brings when he walks into the office. To sum it all up, he may not have known me for many many years, but I've known him for the last 12 of mine.. I can say he was a loved person, that loved right back. Its hard to say good bye to someone when they leave at random , and today's world doesn't make it easier. During these times, Ive learned to hold you're loved ones a bit closer and Love a bit harder and not to make the mistake thinking we have time. May Bob live on in our spirits and rest peacefully.
Kasey (k) Colding left a message on January 27, 2021:
To my former substitute teacher for many years at Red Hook Brooklyn's P. S. 15. R.I.P. Our condolences to the whole family, former co-workers , and friends. With lot's of love and appreciation for all the years of dedication from all the wonderful teachers that made the schools the great success it is today!! I know Me. Daly and Ms. Farari are so proud up in heaven of all their staff!! Thank you!!
Barbara & Nick Setteducato left a message on January 27, 2021:
Our sincere condolences to our cousin Bobby’ s family. Although we may not have seen him in a long time, he will always be remembered as a loving cousin. May you Rest In Peace dear cousin in the arms of our Lord🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Love, Be & Nick ( Setteducato)
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