Robert “Bob” J. Briccotto passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Bob was born Aug. 4, 1935, in Wilmington. Known as a gentle giant, Bob never missed an opportunity to enjoy life with his family and friends. Anyone could start a conversation with Bob, and end it feeling the warmth of his friendship.
A dedicated worker throughout his entire life, Bob spent most of his career as owner of Esquire Plumbing & Heating. With values instilled in him at his father’s business - Silverbrook Lawnmower and at Salesianum School, he mastered his craft prior to opening Esquire with his wife Virginia in 1971. Fifty years later, Esquire continues to serve the community under the operation of his son, Rob. Bob was so proud of his Rob and what they accomplished together.
Bob’s greatest point of pride was being an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather and friend. Known for his contagious and full-bellied laugh, entertaining storytelling, wise advice, and an enormously generous heart, many amazing memories were created with his beloved wife, Virginia. Bob’s adoration for her was palpable - and their 64-year marriage was one for the storybooks filled with love.
Bob truly enjoyed spending time in nature, especially with his son Rob. He was an enthusiastic outdoorsman with a particular enjoyment of fishing. He and Rob spent many a day on the water together. Bob admired his daughter Barbara’s notable career as commercial interior designer and looked forward to visits to see her in North Carolina. Bob’s bond with his grandson, Peter, was deeply special - and was evident by the numerous skating competitions, theatrical productions and fundraisers he attended on Peter’s behalf. He was a proud grandfather.
Bob’s inquisitive nature was evident through his various hobbies. He was an accomplished wood worker – most notably Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year in 1999. From bowls to scale-model boats to decoys, Bob’s award-winning pieces brought joy to many. He enjoyed his time in the Brant’s Nest carving and “solving the world’s problems” with special friends.
Bob supported his community with passion, and his service was celebrated as an honorary member of the Odessa Fire Company.
Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Briccotto (Destaffany) and father, Peter Briccotto. He is survived by his wife Virginia (Press); son, Robert J. Briccotto Jr. (fiancée - Tina Mackiewicz); daughter, Barbara Briccotto, and grandson, Peter Briccotto.
Bob’s family is thankful for the outpouring of prayers and support from family and friends. Additionally, they appreciate everyone from Seasons Hospice, Odessa Fire Company, Visiting Angels, and ChristianaCare HomeHealth for their compassionate and heart-warming care.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Odessa Fire Company, P.O. Box 81, Odessa, DE 19730, www.Ofc424.com or Corbit Calloway Library, 115 High St., Odessa DE 19730, www.Corbitlibrary.com.