POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Robert Charles Giordano, 62, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., died unexpectedly April 17, 2014. He passed away in his home of natural causes. He formerly resided in Sarasota, Fla., and Bar Harbor. Robert was born Sept. 21, 1951, in Pittston, Pa., to Grace Calabrese Giordano and Louis Giordano. He was raised in Ewing Township, N.J., and always had fond memories of New Jersey.
He was married to Rita Anne Nutley in May 1980 in Galveston, Texas, where the couple first met. They were happily married for 34 years. He is survived by Rita and their two daughters, Grace Giordano King, her husband, Sean, of Mechanicville, N.Y., and Dacia Giordano Oakley and her husband, Daniel, of Sydney, Australia. He also has one granddaughter, Karzi Louisa King. He is also survived by his siblings, John Giordano and Eletta Giordano Kershaw. He is remembered fondly by many other family and friends throughout the world.
He was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Focusing primarily on three-dimensional art forms, Rob worked almost entirely in the figure prior to 2000. After being commissioned to do an abstract work in Sarasota, he changed his emphasis to a study of spherical forms. He was commissioned to create works in locations around the globe, including: 15-foot kinetic sculpture for Powis Castle Park in Wales UK; private waterside residence in Sarasota Fla.; Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Fla.; Whole Foods Market in Sarasota, Fla.; Michael Saunders Real Estate Company in Sarasota, Fla., and a private residence in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Robert was a loving father, devoted husband and doting grandfather. He was also a very loyal and true friend to many. His untimely death was a shock to many and he will be greatly missed.
A memorial fund has been established in his name at the Culebra Community Library, Culebra, Puerto Rico. Before his sudden passing, Robert enjoyed visiting the island during the winter months. He developed a fondness for the library with its emphasis on serving the local community. A donation in his memory may be sent to: The Culebra Community Library, Attention of Nadine Decicco, P.O Box 840, Culebra, Puerto Rico 00775.