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Robert (Bob) Solazzi Obituary

Robert (Bob) William Solazzi
Robert (Bob) William Solazzi

September 8, 1930 - July 2, 2018
Born in Eveleth, Minnesota
Resided in Salinas, California
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Robert (Bob) William Solazzi passed away peacefully on July 2, 2018. He was a loving Husband, Father, Nono, Uncle, and Friend. Throughout his 87 years, Bob was a teacher, coach, ravioli maker, storyteller, cribbage player, occasional golfer, amazing wood craftsman and always a fisherman. His warm heart, hardy laugh and amazing smile will be missed by all who knew him.

The youngest of three, Bob was born to Frank and Mary Solazzi in Eveleth, Minnesota on September 8, 1930. He grew up hunting and fishing in the wilds of Minnesota and Canada. He continued that tradition with his siblings, nephews, and friends throughout his life.

Bob received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota. He served in the United States Army as a 1st Lieutenant Training officer, stationed at Fort Ord. It was there that he met and married his wife, Joyce in 1956. They started their married life together in Carmel and soon moved and established a life in Salinas. In 1959, Bob became a proud father to their daughter Karen Jo (Rutledge). And years later became a loving and supportive father-in-law to Rick (Rutledge).
Bob started his teaching career in Gonzales and after 5 years, moved to teach and coach for 25 years at Salinas High School. He taught Physical Education, Wood shop, and Science classes. He was a Football, baseball and basketball coach for the SHS Cowboys for many years. The students and athletes always brought a smile to his face as he encouraged each of them to be the best they could be each season. His motto was “ there is no I in the word Team”.

Most of Bob’s summers have been spent with his wife, family, and friends at their Donner Lake cabin. He loved to entertain, share a good story, toss a bocce ball, drive his boat, swing a golf club, and of course FISH! Our hearts are heavy as we say goodbye to this dear man. But we are certain that Heaven has a lake and fishing pole with his name on it!

He is survived by his wife, Joyce of 61 years, daughter, Karen (Rick), Sister, Catherine Machek, Nono to granddaughters, Christine and Sarah, great grandchildren, Jayden, McKenzie, Abigail, Declan, and Nevaeh. Uncle to numerous Nieces and Nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Bob’s life on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 1:00p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 315 E. Alvin Drive, Salinas, Ca 93906. With a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your local VNA/Hospice. They give amazing care to our community.




Celebration of Life
Northminster Presbyterian Church
315 E. Alvin DR
Salinas, CA US 93906
Monday, July 23, 2018
1:00 PM


VNA Hospice
45 Plaza Circle
Salinas, CA US 93901