Robert M. Potanovich, Sr, age 60, of Wallingford, passed away on February 26, 2012 in St. Raphael Hospital. Robert was the husband for 41 years of Elaine Anderson Potanovich; father of Robert M. Potanovich, Jr & his wife Susan of Randolph, NJ and Jason M. Potanovich & his wife Mirela of Astoria, NY; grandfather of Ryan Matthew Potanovich; son in-law of Mary E. Anderson of North Haven; brother in-law of Cheryl Hotham of Southington and uncle of LeaAnn & Amy Mochel and Adam Hotham. Born in Bridgeport on May 9, 1951, he was the son of the late Edward A. & Helen Pitoniak Potanovich. A graduate of Bullard - Havens Technical School in Bridgeport and of the Culinary Institute of America in 1971. Robert was the owner of Sugar N Spice Delicatessen, Chef at Pond Point Nursing Facility in Milford for 20 years and at West Rock Health Care in New Haven. Friend may visit with his family on Thursday, March 1st, at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, with his Prayer Service beginning at 7:00 PM. Interment will be private. Contributions in Robert's memory may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 127 Washington Ave, #9, North Haven, CT 06473.

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  1. Dearest Laine and family,I was there with you from dating Bobby to weddings and babies. You and Bob were so happy then. You and he have been my family always. Bobby is now in heaven at peace.Please accept by deepest sympathy and continued love for you. In Jesus name, Love Always, Elaine and Tom

  2. To our dear Elaine and family, We are very saddened by the news of Bob’s death. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy at this difficult time. To Elaine, an angel whose thoughtfullness and concern for others is always appreciated by those lives touched by you. We love you. Susan,Don,David and Donny Ross

  3. Elaine, Bob and Jason: We were so shocked to learn of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I know first hand the difficult tasks and days ahead, but like always, I know you will be strong. I’m always just .next door. if you need me. Love, Mary Rose, Laura and Sarah

  4. Uncle Bob,my brother, I will miss you.You will be in my thoughts and heart always.Iknow I will see you again.Love you, Aunnie

  5. Dear Elaine and family, I heard the news of your husband, Robert, and just want to say how sorry I am for your loss and that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Dear Elaine, I am so sorry for your loss may you find comfort in knowing he is now at peace. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Karen

  7. Elaine & Family I’m very sorry for your loss. I hope you can find peace knowing that he is no longer suffering. He will always be watching over you all. The memories he left will forever be in your hearts! Fondly Dana M. Proto

  8. Elaine and family, I was shocked to hear of Bobs passing, I worked with Bob at Pond point Health Care for ten years. Bob was a great guy, and a great co-worker as I knew him please accept my deepest Sympathy.

  9. Elaine, Bob, and JP- So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing and wish I could be in attendance tonight. I remember him very well going back to living on Powers Rd and Little League. Truly a great guy and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. My Condolences, Jason

  10. I am at a loss for words over the passing of my friend Bob, our sons grew up together and played Little League together where Bob and I coached there team for years. We always had fun with Jason, Bobby and my son Jason. We were family and my heart goes out to Elaine, Jason and Bobby for there loss. God Bless Bob Potanovich!! Bob Canell

  11. I am so sorry for your lose. I looked at Bob just like an uncle to me all great times i spent at his house and the times we ate out. He was a great man, husband and father. He will be missed by all who loved him.

  12. My condolences to Bob’s entire family. It was more than a pleasure to work with and be a friend of Bob.He was a great Chef and teacher, and he taught me a lot in the field when we worked together at Pond Point. Hope to see you on the other side, Bob. R.I.P.

  13. My deepest sympathy to you, Elaine, Bobby, Susan, Jason, Mirela & Ryan. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

  14. My heartfelt sympathy for your loss, Elaine and family. May God comfort you in this difficult time.

  15. Sorrow. If your sorrow can be lessened, In some warm and special way, By knowing that so many share, In your loss with you today. And if it brings you comfort, When others show they care, Please know that thoughts are with you, And remember they are there. By Bert Page Love you!

  16. Dear Elaine, I work for Greening and Abercrombie on Thursday eves and Linda Weinberger saved me the obit on your deceased Husband. ( I was on Vacation at the time) I am so sorry for your loss, and I certainly feel your pain , as I lost my husband 12 yrs ago, the same day as your Husband, may you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. It was so good to see you at the .Happy Hour. at SBC and I hope to see you again soon. My sincere Sympathy. Love Cheryl

  17. To all Bobby’s family and friends…I just found out that Bobby died in February so I apologize for this late note. I’ll always treasure happy memories of my brother, Michael, Bobby and Edward Mayernick accompanying our family to our vacation cottage in Maine. They all had such a great time together and were the best of friends for many years. I watched Bobby attempting to water ski and after a few attempts, finally made it up. My Mom and Dad always loved bringing Michael’s friends with us on vacation. It was a gentler time, a fun time, a time to remember. Thank you Bobby for making us laugh and being game for anything the Mayo clan threw at you. Love you, Rosalie

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