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June 9, 1933 - November 3, 2017
Robert “Bo” J. Contini peacefully closed his eyes on November 3, 2017 and joined his high school sweetheart, Eileen Mattevi Contini, who preceded him in death. Born June 9, 1933 in Dover, Ohio, Bo was the eldest son of Casper and Rose (Tornabene) Contini.
Many knew Bo for his golf career in Lima, his community involvement and his generosity of time and money, but more importantly, he was known by his family as simply – Dad, Grandpa, Godfather, and Mr. C.
Bo’s days and nights were consumed as an Owner/Operator Golf Pro at Hawthorne Hills Golf Course but he always made time to slip away to watch one of the kids/grandkids in various sports or to take a “paste your hair on” boat ride. He quietly donated sports equipment to kids that had no other means to obtain it; he was instrumental in campaigning for and completing the LCC Sports Field. There was Golf Talk with Bo Contini – the art of teaching a new technique to improve your game in 5 minutes or less. Literally hundreds of kids will remember their first job at Hawthorne Hills and the mentoring they received, the work ethic they developed and the financial independence only a 12 year old can feel with $50 in their pocket.
Bo lettered in all sports at St. Joseph High School, Class of 1952, in Dover, Ohio. He was an apprentice florist in his early years and could create beautiful arrangements.While he didn’t care to dance that much, our mother could always persuade him to join in a few. His favorite song to sing her was “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”.
Bo was a proud, involved member and contributor to many organizations: CIAO, The Elks, The Knights of Columbus, PGA Golf Professionals, The Eagles, St. Charles Borromeo, LCC, and St. Rita’s Gold Club. Many honors and awards were bestowed upon him but he remained a humble man. The greatest gift he and our family received was the kidney of his youngest son, Steve.
Bo was a loving and protective father to: Sue Contini (John Taviano), Noreen (Don) Inglis, Rick (Therese) Contini, Steve (Tina) Contini, and Shelly Contini. He was a proud and very generous grandfather to: Brian, Ben, Bethany, Josh (Sara), Jaclyn (Udo), Lindsay (Brandon), Maria, Anthony, Jade and Sebastian. Great-grandfather to: Drew, Alivia, Sophia, Abbi, Lucia, Greta, Polly, Calvin and Colt.
He is also survived by his brother, Ron (Sandy) Contini, brother-in-laws, Andy Yosick and Buster Heck.
Bo was preceded in death by his eldest son Robert A. Contini and a sister Joanne Yosick.
No words can ever convey the gratitude the family has for our Dad’s caregivers. The last few years were made so much better for him by having you in his life. For Dr. Imler, Kim Stevely, and all the many close family friends, Thank You.
Visitation will be at CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES SHAWNEE CHAPEL from Noon until 7:00 pm Monday with a Rosary Service at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Tuesday at St. John’s Catholic Church with Father David Ross officiating. Interment will follow in Gethsemani Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Father Herr Scholarship Fund.
Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com