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Industry pioneer Bob Roscioli dies


Bob Roscioli, a yacht painter who built one of the most well-known shipyards in South Florida, died yesterday. He had recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to his family. He was 78.

Known as Mr. R by workers and friends alike, Mr. Roscioli built his reputation painting boats and yachts with a paint brush, and was among the first to spray two-part paint in the marine industry.

He walked his shipyard every day, greeting employees, correcting bad habits, and encouraging potential. He took seriously his role as a mentor and often gave troubled or problem employees a second chance in his shipyard.

He had been battling health issues in recent years, but returned to work at the yard each time. 

Mr. Roscioli is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sharon; his son Robert (Traci) and daughter Heather (Brian); and three granddaughters. 

Plans are being made for a memorial ceremony.

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20 thoughts on “Industry pioneer Bob Roscioli dies

  1. Jeff Erdmann

    Bob Roscioli was truly an icon in our industry, he leaves behind some VERY big shoes to fill, wishing him eternal Fair Winds and Calm Seas…

  2. Kristy Fox

    Very very sad to hear this news today!
    My condolences to Sharon, Bob Jr., Heather and all the extended family. God Bless you all !

    Bob was always very kind when I would pop in his office back in the early 2000’s to say hello to him and the other staff.

    He will be surely missed in our industry – he was such a pioneer in the shipyards of Fort Lauderdale.

  3. Melvyn Miller

    There are now very few yards run by someone who understands from personal experience the time and skills needed to paint a yacht, or why it is important to walk the apron to find an indication of unacceptable sloppiness. I shall miss Bob as a person and the industry should lament the loss of a manager who truly understood what he was managing.

  4. Christina Fischer

    A true gentleman and icon in the marine industry. Our deepest sympathies to his family and staff. We appreciated everything he did for our school children by introducing them to his industry and the impact he had on our community. God bless him and may he rest in peace.

  5. Audrey

    Sending Condolences to The Roscioli family.
    i will miss his smile when he came to visit.
    his 2 home.
    Bob Roscioli has a heart of gold.
    he will be missed by Many.

  6. Ian Walsh

    I met Bob back at the beginning of my yachting career,a very nice man and,free with good advice and suggestions,he will be missed.

  7. Jade

    Terribly saddened to hear of the passing of Bob. My condolences to the family, Sharon, Robbie and Heather you are all in my thoughts.

  8. Bob Terrell

    Mr R will truly be missed..,
    He was one of the finest gentleman I’ve met during my career as a Captain.

  9. John Dial

    Not much I can say that has not been said. He gave me mentoring and respect when we met in the late 70’s until the last time I saw him a few months ago. Many good Bob Roscioli stories! We all will miss him and my heart breaks for his wife and family. We will meet again Bob.

  10. Jackie Marsolais

    My condolences to the entire Roscioli family and it’s extended family of staff and employees. It’s a sad day in the marine industry. He always had time for few nice words to say to me when I was visiting the yard.

  11. Amy Stanford

    My husband and I were lucky to have met Mr. Roscioli last year. He was a great man. He will be missed!

    Amy and Bob Stanford

  12. James Ruffolo

    On behalf of Burger Boat Company, I send our deepest and sincere condolences to the Roscioli Family, including his extended shipyard “family”. Bob will certainly be missed, but he will never be forgotten. Bob was a gentleman and a real friend. We always looked forward to seeing each other to exchange greetings and ideas. Bob helped Burger and its clients over the years and we will forever be grateful. RIP Bob, we will see you again on the other side.

  13. Jason Brashears

    There are few in this industry that I have more respect for than Mr. R.
    I always looked forward to our interactions. Though they weren’t always pleasant -Bob had a healthy respect for the captains that work hard and do the right thing.
    I was one of the last people to meet with Bob, I met him in his office three Friday morning s past. He went home an hour later not feeling well…
    Rest In Peace my friend. Fair winds and following seas good sir

  14. Captain Dan Conrod

    Bob Roscioli ran a great Shipyard. It was always great to see him. My prayers are with the Roscioli Family.

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