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Robert Joseph Sciolino

April 4, 1960 ~ December 19, 2018 (age 58)
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Robert Joseph Sciolino was born in Buffalo, NY in 1960. His childhood took in the woods and fields of nearby Clarence when he wasn’t drawing or visiting family in Rochester. He learned guitar by playing to Beatles’ albums. As a teen, he rode a motorcycle and played football. After studying at the University of Buffalo, Sonny (as his family calls him), became a DJ and later moved to Florida. There, he began a career in sales and met Beth Frigon, who became his wife and, as he said, his soulmate. He wrote poetry, essays and autobiographical stories, but his great love was cycling. He trained hard, was an active member of Fort Myers’ cycling community, and networked with cyclists around the world. Robert campaigned for cyclist safety laws and motorist education on cyclist safety. In the early hours of December 19, while he cycled to work, a vehicle struck Robert from behind and killed him. Robert leaves his wife, Beth, two daughters, Renee and Brigid, two siblings, Anthony and Martina, nieces Margaret and Virginia, cousin Meriya and many, many friends. He inspired with his optimism, his dedication to a life well lived, and most of all, his passionate engagement with the world. Sonny died doing what he loved.

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