The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001244787-01
Funeral Notices


On October 21, 2019, Bob passed away peacefully in his Kailua home, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born and raised in Boston, Mass. He attended Middlebury College, where he lettered in varsity football and track, graduating with a B.A. in Economics. He then went on to earn his law degree at Boston University. After graduating, he was hired at the law firm of Feldman, Warner & Cole in Washington DC.

Bob was called into the Army as a captain during the Vietnam war and was stationed in an intelligence unit in Udorn, Thailand. During his service, he was awarded the National Defense Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. His many experiences during the war impressed upon him the fragility and unpredictability of life which changed his philosophy about how he wanted to live, and so decided not to return to practice law in D.C.

He loved the friendly and informal lifestyle of Hawaii and decided to make it home. He joined the Outrigger Canoe Club and became an avid paddler and a regular on the beach volleyball sand courts. He chose banking as his new career and started banking at First Hawaiian Bank from 1970-1974, GE Capital/Amfac Financial Corp from 1974-1985, then to Bank of Hawaii from 1985-2006. He was also active on numerous boards, supporting many nonprofit organizations in Hawaii.

Bob married his Kailua sweetheart, Karen (Pagliuso), in 1982. He loved being a father to their son Tyler and his most recent great joy was being able to play with his grandson.

When Bob retired, his favorite pastime was walking Kailua beach with his dogs and talking with all the other beach regulars. Bob was known for his incredible memory, quick wit, and his infectious smile.

He is survived by his wife Karen, son Tyler, daughter-in-law Belinda, grandson Easton Robert, sister Carol, and 11 nieces and nephews.

His life will be celebrated at their family home
Sunday, November 17th, 28 Wilikoki Place, Kailua Service at 11 am