Jan. 28, 1940-March 10, 2023
Robert (Bob) Rubino, 83, passed away peacefully at his home on March 10, 2023, surrounded by those he loved. A resident of Moraga, CA, Bob was born in Oakland, CA on January 28, 1940, to Jack Sebastiano Rubino and Mona (Chapman) Rubino.
After high school, he joined the Air Force (1958-1961) and was stationed in Georgia, Florida, and then Greenland. After completing his service, he worked at JCPenney, first selling men's clothes in Oakland, then decorating the windows of the five-story JCPenney in San Francisco. He loved that job as it allowed him to explore his interest in interior design. He later began his career in the car business, selling cars at Morris Landy Ford and Good Chevrolet in Alameda to being General Manager and Partner at Cochran and Celli Chevrolet and Connell Auto on Broadway Auto Row in Oakland. While his career in the car business spanned 40+ years, his love of cars, specifically Corvettes, Cadillacs, and Jeeps, lasted his lifetime.
Bob loved his friends, good food and wine, travel, music, and waterskiing/houseboating; and he loved his family more than anything. Throughout his life he traveled to many places including Spain, Rome, Venice, Greece, Switzerland, Paris, and the beloved home of his grandparents, Palermo, Sicily. He also adored Graeagle, where he and his wife Suzanne spent many happy vacations. He was a proud member of Oakland's Colombo Club.
Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Jackie and his brother, Jim. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; his sister, Cathi (Tom) Rubino-Hamilton; his children, Bob (Wendy) Rubino, Janeen (Dan) Rubino-Brumm, Steve (Rae) Rankin, Jenni (Jim Chiboucas) Rankin; and his grandchildren, Andrew, Robbie, and Elizabeth.
Family and friends are invited to join us at Bob's celebration of life on Friday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Monica Catholic Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga, CA. There will be a reception immediately following. We respectfully request anyone wishing to attend to COVID test prior to arrival.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sunflower Hill, a nonprofit that was very close to Bob's heart (PO Box 11436, Pleasanton, CA 94588 or sunflowerhill.org). Please notate "In memoriam of Bob Rubino" in the notes section.