In Honor of Robert Francescotti

Dear Turbo Bocce Family,

I have some sad news to pass along.  One of our own, Robert (Scotti) Francescotti has passed away at the age of 87.  If you joined our league in the last 3 years you probably don’t know him, but those of you lucky enough to have played with us longer than that almost certainly knew him and liked him.

If you know Turbo Bocce’s origin story you know that there would be no Turbo Bocce without Scotti.  He spent all day long playing bocce (and drinking) with George Christou and Phil Martino during my law school graduation party, and they had so much fun that they wanted to start a league all about bocce and drinking … the rest as they say, is history.

Scotti played Turbo Bocce until the age of 84, making him the oldest player in Turbo Bocce history.  In 2012 he won a major award (Most Bocces) at the age of 80.

On a personal note, Scotti was my uncle, and was as big an influence on my life as anyone possibly could have been.   He taught me to work hard and play hard, and above all to love and take care of your family.  I’ve always considered us a kind of extended family, so hopefully you’ve noticed those traits in our interactions.  It is time to give credit where credit is due, and honor a man responsible for bringing us together, for putting a smile on our faces, for playing hard and drinking hard, but also working hard and loving hard.   Here is to you Uncle Scotti!

You are invited to pay your respects this Sunday the 24th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at FARONE & SON Funeral Home, 1500 Park Street, Syracuse. Or join us immediately after that at Santangelo’s for a Cabernet or a Guinness in Scotti’s honor.   You can read his obituary HERE.