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Robert Lloret
  • November 21, 1944
  • -
  • July 13, 2018

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Robert Thomas Lloret, a great man, husband, father, brother and entrepreneur.  He passed suddenly from a heart attack on Friday, July 13, 2018.  Robert Thomas Lloret was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to Jesse and Amelia Lloret on November 21, 1944.  His dad passed away when he was a young boy and his Mom who nicknamed him “Sonny” was the best Mom ever to him.  He is survived by his two sisters Juanita (Cookie) Manning and Fran Ogliaruso who live in Florida.  He developed close relationships with both their spouse’s and children.  Michael Manning was like a father to him and “Mikey” Manning his nephew gave him a lot of belly laughs.  He moved to Staten Island and in his early years he was a top mechanic and transmission expert at a Texaco gas station where he met his beloved Phyllis.  He fixed her transmission and won her heart 40 years ago and their adventure began.  Phyllis had a daughter nine year old, Tracy, and he raised her as if she was his own, he adopted her when she was eighteen years old.  She was honored to officially take his last name. They lived together on Atlantic Avenue for 28 years and had many great memories with all of their neighbors especially The Palazzo’s.  Allen Palazzo and Bob were like brothers they played chess, built decks together and even started a business “Double L Canvas”.  He had a life-long passion for computers. It all started with his first Texas Instrument 99/4A computer which he still has in its official box.  He taught himself everything he could and created a life that was centered on computer science.  He started his first business “Double L Software” when there were still floppy disks, as the market evolved that didn’t stop him from learning and growing right along with new innovations and so a few other businesses were created – Ahoy! Magazine, Lloret Industries, On the Town Magazine.  He founded and created the Pocono Mountain Magazine with his partner Nick Montalbano and for 25 years he was the President and CEO.  That was his baby!  He retired and left his home in Staten Island and moved to Ocala, Florida in 2006, but he didn’t leave his home team the beloved “Yankees”.  He made sure he went to one final game in the old stadium to see Jeter #2.  He still has the photo of the stadium hanging in his office, among many other Yankee memorabilia.  Being retired, that didn’t stop Bob.  His mind never stagnated. He decided to bring a little of New York to Ocala and opened up Abbruzzi’s Café which served real NYC Italian Ices.  He created the famous “Legend Sandwich” people came from all over Ocala and even, The Villages to get one.  And if you finished a 12-inch sandwich at one sitting you got to have your photo on the Wall of Fame.  After leaving Ocala he and Phyllis moved to The Villages. Once again, he and his wife and partner or as he called her “His Babe” were off to another adventure and she knew it was only a matter of time before he came up with another business idea and so he wrote software programs and created Trivia Challenge, Bar Trivia, Bingo, A Night at the Races and he even wrote scripts for Murder Mystery nights with dinner.  For eight years Bob and Phyllis his “Babe” hosted Trivia nights and they created a second Trivia family.  He brought lots of laughs, challenged people, okay maybe too many “Harry Potter” questions but we will let that slide. He was a proud American and made sure to honor the country before each game.  He excelled at writing software programs, was ambitious and determined at anything he set his mind to accomplish. He loved cars, painting, golfing and cooking just to name a few of his other hobbies. His favorite things were simple and joyous! He loved his boat “BABE” and being on the water at the marina in Staten Island.  He loved his two Huskies “Buddy” and “Bandit” and their best furry friend named J.R.  He loved riding his golf cart in The Villages in the early morning and enjoyed his morning cup of Joe at Panera. He made many great friends there, especially Paulie.  He was a great man and will be deeply missed but as Sirius said to Harry Potter “The ones who love us never really leave us, you can always find them in here (insert heart)”  Robert, Sonny, Bob you will always be in our hearts.  You gave your Babe – a wonderful life!

We love you, Your Babe and Tracy!

There will be a celebration of Bob’s life in September – date and details will follow.

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  1. 01 Aug 2018
    Jack says:
    Team Smarty Pants is sad to hear of Bob's passing. Our deepest sympathy.

  2. 29 Jul 2018
    Liz posted an image:
    Love from J.R., your favorite furry son!
    Love from J.R., your favorite furry son!

  3. 27 Jul 2018
    Jennifer Samuells lit a candle:
    Lit since July 27, 2018 at 7:27:20 PM

  4. 25 Jul 2018
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    Lit since July 25, 2018 at 7:15:01 PM

  5. 22 Jul 2018
    Mary Beth lit a candle:
    Lit since July 22, 2018 at 7:01:58 PM

  6. 22 Jul 2018
    Marcine Eisenfeld says:
    Phyllis, Bernie and I are sending hugs to you and Tracy. We are remembering Bob and the many fun nights we had at Saturday Night Trivia. So sorry for this sudden loss! RIP, Bob.

  7. 20 Jul 2018
    John & Barbara DeCoste lit a candle:
    Lit since July 20, 2018 at 7:25:16 PM

  8. 19 Jul 2018
    Gloria Sanchez lit a candle:
    Lit since July 19, 2018 at 7:59:09 PM

  9. 19 Jul 2018
    Gloria Sanchez says:
    May the Embrace of Our Lord and the Love of Family and Friend give you Comfort always,
    Love, Gloria & Tina Sanchez

  10. 19 Jul 2018
    Cheryl Tombarge-Soderlund says:
    Dear Phyllis,
    We were so sad to hear about Bob ! I remember us all chatting when you were first viewing the neighborhood ! You guys always made us smile ❤️ We’re Sending you lots of love and hugs .
    Ray & Cheryl Tombarge -Soderlund

  11. 19 Jul 2018
    Charlie & Gail Bell lit a candle:
    Lit since July 19, 2018 at 7:18:34 PM

  12. 19 Jul 2018
    Mercedes & Anibal says:
    We remember the good times on Bob's boat, sailing the NY Harbor. We are saddened by his sudden passing, but he will remain in our memories.

  13. 19 Jul 2018
    Annette & Mike Jermyn says:
    Our deepest sympathy go out to you both and your family. We pray that God grants you strength and purpose as you deal with Bob’s loss. May he rest in peace.

    Much love,

  14. 19 Jul 2018
    Margaret Barton says:
    Bob was one of the first people I met in the Villages... he welcomed me to his great trivia group - and I have met great friends there. Thank you Bob - love to Phyllis and Bob’s family ...

  15. 18 Jul 2018
    Ronald and Carolyn Senick says:
    The passing of our close friend Bob Lloret came as a shock and a great loss to Carolyn and I. Bob filled a whole room with his presence. He was one of the most creative and innovative person we have ever had the privilege of being associated with. He was a no limit person who could take an idea and transform it into a workable, practical purpose.
    Bob was always the first to show up whether it was the labor of moving gravel or just being there for you. His patriotism and love for his country gave us much in common for the basis of our friendship. Bob we will miss you but you will never be forgotten! Rest in peace!
    With love, Ron and Carolyn Senick

  16. 18 Jul 2018
    Lewis and laura lit a candle:
    Lit since July 18, 2018 at 7:25:47 PM

  17. 18 Jul 2018
    Rosemary A. Bullen says:
    Dear Phyllis,
    I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing.
    It is never easy to loose a love one ,especially
    the love of our life . May you find comfort in
    knowing how many people enjoyed his company and
    appreciated his Trivia Games ,Night at The Races , Mystery
    Dinners ,etc.
    With Deepest Sympathy,Rosemary Bullen

  18. 18 Jul 2018
    Susan Greenberg says:
    The Spongeheads send their deepest condolences. You and "Babe" provided many happy nights of trivia for everyone. May you know that you will be fondly remembered and missed. Sue and Bob

  19. 18 Jul 2018
    Ellen Randall says:
    My condolences to Phyllis and Tracy. Bob was such a great guy. I was an extra at Trivia night. I love Trivia, but travel too much to be on a team. Bob and you too Phyllis always made me feel welcome and found a spot for me. At the break Bob would check each table to see we were doing okay. Thank you for many pleasurable evenings! Rest In Peace Bob. We will miss you!

  20. 18 Jul 2018
    jolene sweeney says:
    we are part time villagers, but Bob and Phyllis always made us feel welcome-trivia, horse races or bid and answer. He will be greatly
    missed. Glad we got to know him.

    Bill & Jodie Sweeney
    Paducah, Ky

  21. 18 Jul 2018
    Chris & John says:
    Bob - we are going to miss spending twice a month with you. Your Trivia was the Best. I bet you’ll have everyone in Heaven playing. Maybe they’ll know the Harry Potter questions. RIP

  22. 18 Jul 2018
    Chris & The Rockers Trivia Team lit a candle:
    Lit since July 18, 2018 at 7:32:12 PM

  23. 18 Jul 2018
    Paul Brugger says:
    I am a homeowner but not a full time resident of The Villages. I come down several times during the year and one of the things I always looked forward to was Trivia Night. Since I am not on a designated team, I always had to come in as a walk-in. Bob and Phyllis would always make sure that I was seated with a team and I was always able to play. I will certainly miss this, and Bob hosting and the "Proud to be an American" intro. RIP Bob, and condolences to you Phyllis.

  24. 18 Jul 2018
    Roger & Kathy Zunino says:
    We cannot fathom your shock and sense of loss. We pray that you hold all the wonderful memories of your life with Bob close to your heart and that you provide some comfort. Roger & Kathy (The Jets)

  25. 18 Jul 2018
    Tom and Louise lit a candle:
    Lit since July 18, 2018 at 7:49:52 AM

  26. 18 Jul 2018
    Carol B. Miller says:
    A true American story of a Renaissance man. He'll be remembered with a happy smile, Carol B. Miller

  27. 18 Jul 2018
    Rosy Wright lit a candle:
    Lit since July 18, 2018 at 7:33:13 AM

  28. 18 Jul 2018
    John &Diane Wyle lit a candle:
    Lit since July 18, 2018 at 7:18:33 AM

  29. 18 Jul 2018
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    Lit since July 18, 2018 at 7:02:36 AM

  30. 18 Jul 2018
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    Lit since July 18, 2018 at 7:42:06 AM

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    Lit since July 18, 2018 at 7:41:16 AM

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    Lit since July 18, 2018 at 7:39:15 AM

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    Lit since July 18, 2018 at 7:30:05 AM

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    Mark and Carol lit a candle:
    Lit since July 18, 2018 at 7:29:22 AM

  35. 18 Jul 2018
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    Lit since July 18, 2018 at 7:45:23 AM

  36. 18 Jul 2018
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    Lit since July 18, 2018 at 7:44:10 AM

  37. 17 Jul 2018
    Maureen Simmons. says:
    Dear Phyllis and Tracy, I know Bob will be missed by both of you.Bob Rest In Peace you will be in my prayers always.You gave my cousin a good life and she loved you very much also Tracy.Have a great time in heaven and we will see you up there.Find my George and you’ll have a blast. Love ya! Cousin Maureen and Alicia

  38. 17 Jul 2018
    John and Lee Coffey says:

    It has been a pleasure to know you and enjoy your trivia games the last several years. You were a very special person and it is an honor to call you our “friend”.
    Lee and John Coffey

  39. 17 Jul 2018
    Linda and Ted MIKE says:
    Bob, you will surely be missed. God has taken you to be with Him as He knew how special of a person you were here on Earth. May your memory be eternal and you will always be remembered. till we meet again.

  40. 17 Jul 2018
    Ted and Linda MIKE lit a candle:
    Lit since July 17, 2018 at 7:47:14 PM

  41. 17 Jul 2018

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