Robert "Bobby" Deane Via, 58, a Cape Coral resident since 1986, formerly of Alexandria, Va., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in FortMyers. He was born June 21, 1955, in Alexandria.
He was a faithful and loving son, a wonderful father and husband and a friend to all who knew him. He loved golf, family and his faithful dog, Dingo. Better known as the unofficial "Mayor of Cape Coral," he was blessed with countless friends. All you had to do was meet him and you had made a friend for life. He was an unabashed ladies man as well as a man's man. He had a smile and a laugh that would light up any room. He was a tremendous cook, mechanic and master conversationalist with a great sense of humor. He loved life like there was no tomorrow. He will be missed. So whereever you are, please raise a glass to Cape Coral's prodigal son for one last toast. Cheers Bobby!
Mr. Via is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Christina C. Via of Cape Coral; one loving son, James "Deane" Via, also of Cape Coral; his mother, Joyce T. Bernstine of Lakewood, Ohio; his father, Robert E. (Marilyn) Via of Colonial Beach, Va.; a sister, Torey Via (Jeff) Worron, also of Lakewood, Ohio; a niece, Tully Lee Worron of Lakewood; a sister-in-law, Tresa A. Caplanis of Woodbridge, Va.; a brother-in-law, Mike W. Caplanis of Stephen City, VA; as well as Dingo!
Robert “Bobby” Deane Via
He was preceded in death by his step-father, Dr. Richard L. Bernstine.
A Celebration of Larger Than Life, Life will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Chapel By The Sea, 11580 Chapin Lane, Captiva , with Pastor George Morris officiating. A casual dress reception will immediately follow at the Captiva Island Yacht Club, 15903 Captiva Dr., Captiva.
If you will be attending the services, it is requested that you bring any photos of Bobby that you may have to be placed on a memory board as a gift to the family.
Memorial contributions in memory of Robert "Bobby" Via are suggested to the National Foundation for Transplants,
5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119 or the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700
New York, New York 10006.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.