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Until his last breath, Robert “Bobby” Louis Sophia, Jr touched every heart he met and lit up every room he entered. His kind heart, his joyful spirit, and his love for life and all those who were a part of his was palpable. After a 6 year battle with Alzheimer’s, he passed away peacefully at the age of 58 on Friday evening, July 20th at The VNA Respite House in Colchester, VT.
The loves of his life were by his side until the very end: his adoring wife and best friend, Marnie McDonagh, his daughters whom he always referred to as “his babies”, Megan Gras and Sara Chasse, and his former wife and dear friend, Nancy Sophia. They remain thankful to have loved Bobby and continue to carry him in their hearts.
Born in Trenton, NJ, and raised in Levittown, PA and Danbury, CT, Bobby was big brother to his younger siblings Rick Sophia and Kim Enteado. He was uncle to Rick’s children, Katie and Jack Sophia, and god-father to Kim’s daughter, Mackenzie Enteado. His Mom, Kathleen Gallagher Sophia, and his Dad, Robert Louis Sophia, raised their son to be hardworking, kind, compassionate, and thankful and he lived by these ideals through his entire life.
Bobby was proud to walk both of his girls down the aisle at their weddings in September and November of 2017. He welcomed his son-in-law’s, Darren Chasse and Peter Gras, into his family and loved them like his own sons. Referring to them as “the boys”, he was so thrilled to see how happy Megan and Sara were with their love’s by their side.
Known lovingly as “Uncle B” to his nephews and nieces, Bobby had a playful side that people of all ages were drawn to. He was adored by his Australian Family and thoroughly enjoyed his many trips alongside Marnie to visit them Down Under. He was deeply thankful for his in-law’s, Kevin & Marion McDonagh, who provided company and care for Bobby during the last three summers in the home he loved on Brewer Parkway in South Burlington.
Bobby thrived off making people laugh, cracking jokes, and being genuinely happy. It was uncommon to see his face without a smile. He lived a humble life and never sought for anything more than he had. He loved to socialize and was always up for some fun with friends! He was a passionate golfer and enjoyed his many rounds through the years. He played with friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and had tremendous respect for each and every person he walked the course with.
After graduating from Champlain College in 1981, Bobby became a respected store owner for more than 15 years in Essex Junction. He was passionate about his work and loved connecting with all customers. He always greeted people with a warm smile, friends and strangers alike, and inspired those around him to see the good in others and find the best in every situation. Throughout Bobby's life, he especially enjoyed connecting with youth and supporting their personal and professional development. He enjoyed his role as a volunteer coach for CYO basketball in the 90s and mentoring employees at his business.
Of all the places Bobby loved, Camp Kiniya became his favorite during his last few years. It was a place where he felt accepted, welcomed and loved. He was deeply thankful for the kindness everyone bestowed upon him there and when given the opportunity to go anywhere in his last months, his choice was always “Camp”.
Bobby’s family thanks the staff at The Residence Quarry Hill Reflections Neighborhood, Baird 4 Unit at The UVM Medical Center, and the VNA Respite House for the love, support, and gentle care they provided. In lieu of flowers, Bobby’s family asks that friends consider contributions to be made to the McClure Miller VNA Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Hwy, Colchester VT 05446 or Camp’s Scholarship Fund at https://campdudley.org/give-back/give-online-now/
A Happy Hour Fundraiser benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association will be held in Bobby’s honor at the St. John’s Club in Burlington, VT on Thursday, September 6th beginning at 6:00pm.
Memorial Service and Celebration of Bobby’s Life will be held at Camp Kiniya in Colchester, VT on Saturday, September 8th at 11:30am.