WESTMERE – Salvatore R. “Bob” Dinovo, 78, of Westmere, passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. He was born in Albany, the son of the late August and Rose Sgarlata Dinovo, and he lived in Albany and Guilderland all his life. Bob served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1957, serving aboard the USS Sarsfield, DD-837. He was then employed for many years as a food broker with G.A. Cinney and later Somers & Somers. He was a member of the Westmere Fire Dept. for over 50 years, and served as Chief of the department from 1978-1981. He also served as Commissioner of the Westmere Fire District from 1994-2013. Bob was also a charter member of the Guilderland Elks, a member of the Tin Can Sailors, and enjoyed camping and golfing.
Bob was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Joan Bonitz Dinovo, in May of this year. He is survived by his children Robert C. Dinovo, Timothy J. Dinovo (Dawn), Lisa Knightes (Donald), and Holly Marbaker (Nicholas); his brothers and sisters Philip DiNovo (Mary), Antoinette Whitehouse, Camille Micozzi, and August DiNovo (Vicky); his brother in law Charles Bonitz (Kay); his grandchildren Michelle and Morgan Knightes, and Cole and Gwenn Marbaker; and by several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Saturday morning beginning at 9:00am. Interment with full honors of the Westmere Fire Dept. will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Westmere Fire Department, 1741 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Risa Krouner Kassoff
Aaron and I were so saddened by the news of Bob’s passing. He and Joan were dear friends from Albany HS and they will be missed. It was always a pleasure to have been greeted by their warm smiles whenever we met.
Our deepest sympathy to all the family.
Sorry for your loss. This has to be a tough year!
Nancy Huba (Bartkowski)
Lisa and Donald and family – my condolences to you and your family at your Dad’s passing. I met him many years ago, such a nice man. He is in the Lord’s company now. With my deepest sympathy to all.
Donna Cullam & Family
Dear Lisa, Holly and Families,
May the sorrow you feel in your heart lighten from the Love that surrounds you. Words fall short to properly express the sadness felt for your loss…
Prayers and thoughts are with you and your loving family during this most difficult time…..May your Dad rest peacefully now….
Peace , Love, Donna Cullam & family
Bob & Lisa Borowicz
Bobby, Timmy & the entire Dinovo family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We have many fond memories of your dad from childhood on Victor Dr and from WFD. A great man.
From the moment I first met Bob as a new member of the Westmere FD almost 10 years ago he was immediately welcoming and friendly and took the time to introduce himself. I will always remember Bob as being fun, energetic and approachable. He was always quick with a one-linger or silly saying and had the drive of a younger man. He devoted so much of his time to the benefit of others and it certainly will not be forgotten. I genuinely will miss seeing Bob around the firehouse or at social events (or seeing him driving the fire trucks on all the daytime calls). I express to your family my deepest condolences and hope you realize the impact Bob had on so many others. Your family will be in my thoughts. -Bart
It is with a very heavy heart that I send condolences to his children and grandchildren. I have fond memories of Mr. Dinovo and his wife through firehouse events and while growing up with their daughter, Holly. He will be greatly missed by not only his family and friends, but also by the many members of the community that he touched. My prayers are with all of you.