Robert S. Catalano, 52, formerly of North Reading, Mass., died unexpectedly Feb. 8, 2010, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Born in Woburn, Mass., on Dec. 23, 1957, he was the son of Richard Albert and Claire Dennis Catalano. Growing up in Lynn, he attended public schools and was a 1975 graduate of Lynn Technical High School. While in high school, he played baseball and football, but was most passionate about hockey. His passion for sports followed him throughout life as he coached several baseball and hockey teams and played Men’s League Hockey at Mid-Coast Recreation Center.

At the same time he worked in construction, Bob attended Wentworth Institute, studying structural engineering and drafting.

For a few years, he worked building cabinets until he began employment in residential carpentry with Jake “Amando” Cresta. That construction company eventually expanded into ALPHA Foundation Company, where Bob was superintendent of many commercial projects. During this same period, he became a member of the Woburn (Mass.) Hall, Carpenters Local Union.

For more than 11 years before moving to Maine in 2002, Bob worked as a construction supervisor with Modica & Associates in Boston. Since moving to Maine, he worked as a supervisor with his brother’s business, Catalano’s Construction of Thomaston.

An avid downhill skier, he once traveled across the country, skiing all the noted slopes.

He particularly enjoyed playing bocce ball and at one time built a pro-sized court in his backyard. He loved golf, riding his Harley, camping at Lake Winnipesauke and many vacations he took with his companion Cheryl.

Bob’s passionate personality was evident, not only in his love of hockey, football and baseball, but also in the way he worked. His family remembered that he worked hard and had the respect of all those working with him, treating them as friends rather than employees. He was always kind, could make friends with anyone, and with his infectious smile, even when “chewing you out,” had a wry smirk on his face. Anyone who knew Bob understood that he had a quick temper, but quickly cooled off, forgetting the whole issue. Christmas parties, barbecues where he enjoyed being the cook so he could sample everything, and gatherings with his friends and loved ones were special times for Bob.

His son said his father was appreciative of anything and everything he had. He loved animals, especially his cats, Bailey and Gracie.

Bob was predeceased by his father and a brother, Dennis R. Catalano, both in 2004.

He is survived by his mother of Lynn, Mass., and Davenport, Fla.; his companion of more than six years, Cheryl A. Howard, with whom he resided; two sons, Matthew S. Catalano of Rockland and Daniel R. Catalano of Wells; his brother, Richard “Rick” Allen Catalano and his wife, Cindy L., of Thomaston; two sisters, Patrice Gray of Weymouth, Mass., and Gail Riccio and her husband, John, of Burlington, Mass.; his companion’s children, Rebecca L. Howard and her fiancĂ©, Patrick Lowe, of Camden and their children, Noah Jay LaChance and Jaxon Lowe, and Julia A. Curtis and her husband, Todd Curtis, of South Thomaston; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland. A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, Feb. 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Point Lookout, 67 Atlantic Highway in Lincolnville. Pastor Frank Randall will officiate.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St. in Lynn, Mass. Funeral from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home will be Friday, Feb. 19 at 9:30 a.m., with a Mass of Christian burial at St. Pius V Catholic Church in Lynn at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Stoneham, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Maine, 470 Forest Ave., Suite 302, Portland, ME 04101-2009.

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