Sylvia and Vincent Robbio

Obituary of Sylvia and Vincent Robbio

Sylvia E. (D’Attorro Zotti) Robbio, 95, of Sun City Center, FL, formerly of RI, CA and NV, passed away peacefully on March 23, with her husband of 35 years, Vincent (Vince) Robbio, Jr., at her side. God knew that they could not be apart for long, so he took Vince into his loving arms four weeks later, on April 22, 2024.

Sylvia, the daughter of Domenico and Emelia (Giglio) D’Attorro, was born in Providence, RI, on October 8, 1928.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Robert Zotti, her sisters, Evelyn Ferruolo, Ida Zarrella, Josephine Coletta, Ernestine Scorpio and Dorothy Martinelli, and her brothers, John and Antonio D’Attorro.

A graduate of North Providence High School, Sylvia was a hairdresser as well as an employee of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of RI.

She was an avid golfer who won many tournaments.  She introduced Vince to the sport, and it quickly became his passion as well. They enjoyed golfing well into their 80’s, and golf course communities dictated where they lived in the above four states.

Sylvia leaves behind her son, Robert, her granddaughter, Vanessa, her grandson Robby and wife, Davina, and her grandchildren, Vaughn and Evana, and Robin (Zotti) Bradley, along with several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.


Vincent J. Robbio, Jr., 94, the son of Vincent J., Sr., and Louise (Marzilli) Robbio, was born in Providence, RI, on September 13, 1929.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Mary (Modlin) Robbio, his sisters, Alice Bessette, Jennie Cambio and Louise Gilmore, and his beloved nephews, Alfred Cambio, Jr., and James and Robert Gilmore.

Vince was an educator for 33 years, beginning his career at North Providence High School. In 1955, he moved to California, where he taught business at Redondo Beach High School before finishing his long career at Aviation High School in Manhattan Beach.  He led the Future Business Leaders of America Club and was adored and remembered by many of his former students who kept in touch with him through phone calls, letters, and holiday cards. He cherished these ongoing relationships.

Through the generosity of his high school guidance counselor and mentor, M. Beatrice Ward, Vince received his bachelor’s degree at Bryant University. He went on to earn his master’s degree at Loyola University of Los Angeles.

Music was Vince’s lifelong passion. At age 4, he danced in recitals. In high school, he played in a band and performed in concerts. He sang in various church choirs and performed solos.  His instrument of choice was the accordion. He produced several CD’s for the enjoyment of family and friends.

He will forever be held in the memories of his family members, Helen Hufty, Melinda and John Nelson, Mary Lou Wiese, Raymond and Linda Gilmore, David and Lyn Gilmore, Michael and Deborah Gilmore, his stepfamily, whom he shared with his wife, along with several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great- nephews.

Sylvia and Vince’s love story was extraordinary. High school sweethearts, upon graduation they went their separate ways, each marrying someone else. Many years later, they sadly lost their spouses due to illnesses.

In 1988, while visiting family in RI, Vince gathered up the courage to call Sylvia and invite her to dinner. She accepted, and three months later, they were wed.

Sylvia’s memorial service was held on April 2, 2024, at Freedom Plaza Assisted Living/Memory Care, Sun City Center, FL.

Vince’s memorial service will be held on May 6, 2024, at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Sun City Center, FL, where Father Lee Miller was a prominent person in Vince’s life.

Sylvia was interred in the columbarium in the very peaceful Memory Garden on the grounds of the church. Vincent will be interred at Memory Garden after his service.

Their families wish to thank Sun City Center Funeral Home for their invaluable assistance, Chapters Hospice for their compassion and guidance, and Freedom Plaza Assisted Living/Memory Care for always being there when we couldn’t.  You took care of Sylvia and Vince as though they were your own family, and you will never be forgotten.







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Memorial Service

10:00 am
Monday, May 6, 2024
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
1015 E Del Webb Blvd
Sun City Center, Florida, United States
Memorial Service for Vincent J. Robbio
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