Robert "Bob" Francis Montefusco, Sr.




Fuquay-Varina - Robert "Bob" Frank Montefusco, Sr., age 73, died on Friday, September 7, 2018.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, 401 N Ennis Street, Fuquay-Varina.

A Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 13th at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1005 Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina. Burial will be at Wake Chapel Memorial Gardens.

Robert is survived by his wife of 38 years, Celeste De Meneses Montefusco; sons, Robert Frank Montefusco, Jr. and Joseph Montefusco.

Robert was born on May 21st, 1945 in Providence, Rhode Island and lived there the majority of his life. During his childhood, he was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease and was in and out of hospitals. He had to fight much adversity even as a toddler. He was not able to spend much time doing normal activities for kids that age, but when he started to feel better he enjoyed playing baseball and playing in the sandlot.

When Robert was about twenty years old, he started lifting weights daily and ended up becoming a fitness fanatic. Also, he was very intelligent (scored higher on an IQ test than Barack Obama) and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with his master’s degree in mathematics. From there he landed teaching positions at high schools and colleges. When he was not teaching, he would spend majority of his time at the gym or playing tennis. He was always keen on staying in good shape and eating healthy. However, when Robert was in his 40’s his kidney function started to fail. Luckily he had a great brother named Frank who offered him a kidney for a kidney transplant when Robert was 42. Robert was rejuvenated after the transplant and was able to get right back to doing what he loved. He even got offered a job from one of the most prestigious universities in the nation, U.N.C. Chapel-Hill, where he taught calculus for several years before retiring at the age of 54.

After retiring, Robert spent a lot of time with family while still making time for the gym and playing tennis. Even in his 60’s Robert maintained his excellent physique. When I was 18, me and my dad would go to the tennis courts to play and he would beat me in the majority of matches we played. I was no amateur either. My dad was the one who inspired me to start playing tennis when I was a kid and played quite a bit during my teenage years. It was inspiring to see him constantly brush off father time. Doctors had said the kidney would last for maybe 20 years and it lasted a miraculous 28 years and that is a credit to his diligence in being extremely conscious of his health. His passing will forever leave a hole in my heart but I am proud of how much adversity my dad fought through for so long and it is an honor to say that I am his son. Love you dad. RIP.